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Aphex Twin

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Making abrasive, experimental, electronic walls of noise, Aphex Twin has built a reputation as a groundbreaking dance producer, equally adept at creating throbbing, industrial soundscapes or challenging sensibilities with screeching drum & bass weirdness. Raised in Cornwall, Richard James earned a diploma in engineering and used the skills he had learned to start making his own analogue synthesisers and electronic equipment. Widely regarded as a mad genius who lived in a disused bank and survived on two hours sleep a night, he created thousands of hours of music at an incredibly rapid rate and became one of Warp Records' key artists in the 1990s, with the albums 'Selected Ambient Works Volume II' (1994) and '...I Care Because You Do' (1995).

'Richard D. James Album' (1996) earned huge critical acclaim and he became the remixer of choice for artists such as The Cure, Saint Etienne and Beck. But it was Chris Cunningham's brilliantly strange videos for his tracks 'Come to Daddy' and 'Windowlicker' that made him an unlikely hit on MTV. Double album 'Drukqs' (2001) was given a 9/10 rating by the NME and James went on to release a series of vinyl EPs under the title 'Analord' as well as recording and DJ-ing under various aliases including AFX, GAK, The Tuss and Polygon Window.

'Syro' came out in 2015 and earned him a Grammy Awards for Best Dance/Electronic Album. The album also scored a number one spot on the UK Dance Albums Chart and the UK Record Store Albums Chart, the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums Chart and the Billboard Tastemaker Albums Chart. 'Cheetah' followed in 2016 with the EP 'Collapse' in 2018.