Sunday, December 23, 2007

The 20 Best Albums of 2007 - The Tuss: "Rushup Edge/Confederation Through"

15.  I am a sucker for someone who knows their way around a synthesizer and when it comes to synth mastery the rest of the world worships at the altar of Richard D. James, otherwise known as Aphex Twin

This year Mr. James tried to be coy by releasing two EP's through his Rephlex label under the moniker of The Tuss. Much like the Analord series, Rushup Edge and Confederation Through were released in limited quantities on white labels to little fanfare, which is probably the way James likes it. Had it been released under the Aphex Twin name then a whole different set of expectations would certainly come attached, perhaps making it impossible for the music to be judged objectively.

Even if this music wasn't created by the mad genius of Richard D. James I would still think it was brilliant simply because there's an attention to detail that is nothing short of impressive. Each EP weaves in and out of swirling atmospherics, psychedelic beats and good old fashioned electronic noise in a way that is absolutely seamless. I tend to place a high value on both the finished product and the tedious process that went into creating it in the first place. Like anything worth a shit, the journey is just as interesting as the final destination.

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