By ,

Aphex Twin on Kanye West: 'He tried to rip me off'

The DJ and producer speaks about West's use of his track 'Avril 14th' on 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’'s 'Blame Game'

Aphex Twin on Kanye West: 'He tried to rip me off'

Photo: Press

Aphex Twin has opened up about being sampled by Kanye West.

The producer, who recently announced details of his forthcoming new album 'Syro', has accused West of ripping him off after the rapper appeared to sample his track 'Avril 14th' on 'Blame Game', which appeared on West's album 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'.

"Is it a sample? I actually don't know what it ended up being in the end, I'm so slack," the producer – real name Richard D James – told Pitchfork. "I know that he tried to fucking rip me off and claim that he'd written it, and they tried to get away with not paying."

"I was really helpful," he continued. "And when they first sent it to me, I was like, 'Oh, I can re-do that for you, if you like,' because they'd sampled it really badly and time-stretched it and there was loads of artefacts. I was like, 'I'll just replay it for you at that speed if you want.' And they totally didn't even say 'hello' or 'thanks' they just replied with, 'It's not yours, it's ours, and we're not even asking you any more.'"

A spokesperson for Kanye West did not return NME's request for comment.

'Syro' is the follow-up to 2001's 'Drukqs' and will be released on September 22. In another interview published over the weekend, James said that the album wouldn't be a one-off record, asserting that the project has him "kicked into gear".

Prior to the announcement, James teased fans with the possibility of a new album by flying a blimp over London bearing the Aphex Twin logo and the digits "2014". He eventually announced the album on the Deep Web.

Read More On This Artist

King Creosote And Jon Hopkins - 'Third Swan' King Creosote And Jon Hopkins - 'Third Swan'

Video: King Creosote And Jon Hopkins - 'Third Swan'

More News
Foo Fighters play Ohio record store for Record Store Day, Dave Grohl arrives on motorcycle
Run The Jewels release new track 'Bust No Moves' - listen
Florence + The Machine's second Coachella set cut to 30 minutes due to broken foot
Four Tet plays surprise set at London's Phonica for Record Store Day - watch
Jay Z's Tidal streaming service parts ways with CEO just two weeks after launch
Video evidence of Suge Knight's alleged hit-and-run attack released by court - watch
Prince's Facebook page allegedly hacked, hacker says he 'doesn't care about his...
Marilyn Manson to play hitman in new crime film 'Let Me Make You A Martyr'
Lou Reed would be 'amused but secretly delighted' by Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame...
Emily Eavis denies tabloid reports that Prince pulled out of headlining Glastonbury
Royal Blood don wigs and Hawaiian shirts for 'Conan' performance - watch
Future Islands reveal Record Store Day song 'The Chase'
Tyler, The Creator reveals 'Cherry Bomb' album bonus song 'Yellow' - listen
Michael Bublé apologises after body shaming accusations: 'Women are to be celebrated and...
Diplo says he is 'actively' pursuing a collaboration with Robert Plant after Instagram...
The Prodigy team up with Sleaford Mods for 'Ibiza' video - watch
Bill Ward accuses Ozzy Osbourne of making 'false claims, elitist comments and rude...
Blur share new song 'My Terracotta Heart' and reveal Record Store Day plans
Alice Glass hits out at Ethan Kath's decision to continue Crystal Castles without her
Former Rolling Stones member Bill Wyman to release first solo album in 33 years
Matt Skiba on Blink-182 plans: 'We are hopeful to do more stuff in the future'
Miley Cyrus recording with Flaming Lips and Ariel Pink

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM