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'Drukqs' is expected later in the year...

APHEX TWIN has completed work on a new studio album and has titled it ‘DRUKQS’, NME.COM can reveal.

The electronica pioneer, AKA Richard James, mastered the 30-track double album last week in London. An exact release date for the record has not yet been confirmed, although it is expected to be sometime in October this year.

Speaking about the album, a spokesperson for Aphex Twin said that the record will be accompanied by UK live dates.

She said: “It’s a very diverse record, it was only finished in the last few days. It definitely has elements of his other albums, in parts it’s all over the place, while in others he uses classical piano.”

Aphex Twin hasn’t released a new studio album since ’96’s ‘Richard D. James’, and has in the past declared his intention to retire from the music industry altogether.

Speaking previously, he said fans would have to “wait ’til I’m dead” to hear the next record. He commented: “It (the new album) will be out in about five years’ time, if at all. What about my fans? They’ll have to wait ’til I’m dead – if I haven’t taken all my tapes to the grave with me! It’s too distracting when you release your music – you can’t be honest. Sometimes you’ve got to duck out completely.”