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Aphex Twin - ‘minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]

Richard D James, more commonly known as Aphex Twin, has well and truly hammered home the news that he is back after a 13-year absence with the unveiling of ‘minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]’ – the first track from his upcoming LP Syro.

Not only that, the enigmatic producer’s first output since 2001 is so infectious that it has caused us to go a little off kilter with our Track of the Day for Tuesday.

A true master of his craft, James uses ‘minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]’ to dip his toe into the sounds that were found at the more ambient junctures of his last album Drukqs, while underpinning the whole piece with an electro groove that makes it undeniably catchy.

At a time when the pop charts have become littered with contrived and predictable tech-house imitations, it is great to welcome back a pioneer who twists and turns with every release, keeping his fans guessing and begging for more.

He used a blimp, graffiti and the frankly confusing coding of the deep web to signal his return last month, but retains an accessibility that few others in his field are able to harness. There’s just two weeks to go until Syro drops, and this gives a hint that it is set to be sublime.

Patrick Davies