The Tuss - new material from Richard D. James (AFX)
One of my primary goals when I started working in the music business was to, some day, meet with somebody from Warp Records. As an eager newbie DJ in 1990, I was fortunate enough to discover this label through a couple of releases that helped form my sensibilities in a way that was so profound that it endures to this day. Coco Steele & Lovebomb's "You Can't Stop the Groove" and Power Pill's "Pac Man" helped lay the foundation for what can most accurately be described as an obsession with the Warp Records camp. Warp is a label that is willing to release music that is so experimental as to be un-listenable, even to people like myself who possess weird ears, relishing music at its most fucked up.
Last week this dream came true, and despite extensive grilling about the whereabouts of Jimmy Edgar, the Boards of Canada, Plaid, Beans, Squarepusher, and Aphex Twin, I heard no mention of the Tuss.
Warp's first and most enduring star was Richard D. James, whose alter-egos include AFX, Aphex Twin, Gak, Caustic Window, Power Pill and Polygon Window. In true fashion, James started his own imprint, Rephlex, in an effort to proliferate under different pseudonyms. James' latest incarnation, The Tuss, is embodied on Rephlex 189 and 190, and yes, these EPs are the shit.
More of me really making an ass of myself over dope new music after the jump, or more accurately put in this case, the hard landing.