Singer joins host of musicians paying tribute to Richard D James in new issue of NME
Kasabian’s Tom Meighan is among a host of names paying tribute to Aphex Twin in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.
Aphex Twin – real name Richard D James – returns this month with new album ‘Syro’ following an absence of more than a decade, and Meighan says he’ll be buying it the second it comes out.
Meighan, pictured right, said: “He’s just the fucking greatest, isn’t he? Thing about him is he’s a pioneer and a piss-taker – he’s not just evolving electronic music, he’s being fucking funny with it too, pushing people’s buttons with his dark sense of humour.”
“His music’s insane, but from what I know about him he’s not – he’s just a regular guy from Cornwall, wife and kids, the norm. Which makes it all the more amazing – listening to his music, it’s so mental, so maddening, you’d expect him to be some sort of deviant psycho. I fucking love him. He’s a massive influence and I’ll definitely be buying the new album the second it’s out. Yeah, can’t wait.”
Yesterday (September 16), a run of ‘Syro’ listening parties at record shops around the UK were announced, beginning today. Details of the events can be found below, all begin at 6pm except for Nottingham (4pm) and London (12pm) and entry and will be on a first come, first served basis.
‘Syro’ is the follow-up to 2001’s ‘Drukqs’ and will be released on September 22. In a recent interview, the producer – real name Richard 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.
‘Syro’ listening parties:
Manchester Piccadilly Records (September 17)
Bristol Rise (18)
Glasgow Monorail (19)
Nottingham The Music Exchange (20)
London Rough Trade East (21)
Pick up the new issue of NME to read the full feature on Aphex Twin, with tributes from Flying Lotus, Steve Reich and Faris Badwan of The Horrors.