What must it be like inside Richard David James' head? It has to be an endless spiral hallways and electrical spasms, like an M.C. Escher drawing on fire. The producer better known as Aphex Twin continues to set the bar for compelling erraticism, and his latest single "T69 Collapse" is another master class in the beautiful side chaos.
It's the first single from his forthcoming EP Collapse, a follow-up to 2016's Cheetah. "T69 Collapse" weaves a beautiful piano melody through barbed-wire beats and stuttering drum machine sounds. The warped synths are hypnotic as the rhythm grows increasingly unstable. The track becomes almost completely corrupted, glitching into the bass abyss before it rebounds into a peaceful kind insanity and coming full-circle to the original melodic motif. The whole sonic journey is mirrored by psychedelic cyber scenes rendered in '90s-era graphics by London-based video designer Weirdcore.
It's perfectly Aphex Twin-sian; a rhythmic madness so precise, it seems illogical. It's bold and ambient and brash all at once, the perfect tune to get fans stoked on the new EP. Check the video for "T69 Collapse" below, and look out for the Collapse EP on Sept. 14.