Aphex Twin talks new album: ‘I’m a serial killer for sounds’

'Syro' is due for release on September 22

Aphex Twin has opened up about upcoming album ‘Syro’, revealing the album’s oldest tracks were recorded “six or seven years ago”.

The producer recently announced the record, which is scheduled for release on September 22. It will be his first full-length album since 2001’s ‘Drukqs’.

Speaking to Fader, Aphex Twin – real name Richard D James – admitted he’d been stockpiling tracks since the release of his last album: “You kind of have to draw a line under it somewhere,” he said. “By banging something out it… it’s like the end of the chapter. It properly draws a line under it and allows you to move on.”

Describing himself as “a serial killer for sounds”, the 43-year-old spoke of immersing himself in a wide variety of genres. “I buy ridiculous amounts of files,” he said. “I always go to that thing, ‘Listen to the last eight weeks of whatever’. And it’s all those billions of genres, like Scouse house. There’s actually better music now than ever, that’s ever existed before in my life. It’s all kind of good listening stuff.”

“I collect sounds from other records so I have to know where they come from and how they’re made,” he continued. “I bought every old sampler in existence and bought all the sample libraries. Like a serial killer, basically. I’ve gone through all of the sounds and worked out where everyone got all their sounds from.”

James also revealed that ‘Syro’ 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”.