Friday, October 9, 2009

Aphex Twin "26 Mixes for Cash"

Another production of Richard D. James, this compilation was released in 2003.
Aphex Twin has always been asked by many artists (including Madonna herself, which he denied to make a remix of any song of her). This time, he was more ambitious and wanted some money, so he made this compilation, so that he could absorb some cash into his bank account.
I find this record quite good, although Richard has done better works during his career. The main genre of this album is electronic music, although it can be considered as some "aphex twin-ish" ambient music too. It includes 22 remixes and 4 original Aphex Twin tracks.
The track list is the following:

Disc one

  1. "Time To Find Me, AFX Fast Mix" – 7:34 – remix of Seefeel
  2. "Raising The Titanic, Big Drum Mix" – 8:42 – remix of Gavin Bryars' 1994 recording of his 1969 The Sinking of the Titanic orchestral piece [1]
  3. "Journey, Aphex Twin Care Mix" – 10:14 – remix of Gentle People
  4. "Triachus, Mix by Aphex Twin" – 4:12 – remix of Kinesthesia
  5. "Heroes, Aphex Twin Remix" – 5:18 – remix of Philip Glass' orchestral version of David Bowie's Heroes, mixed with samples of Bowie's singing from the original
  6. "In The Glitter Part 2, Aphex Twin Mix" – 5:02 – remix of Buck-Tick
  7. "Zeros and Ones, Aphex Twin Reconstruction #2" – 5:49 – remix of Jesus Jones
  8. "Ziggy, Aphex Twin Mix #1" – 4:25 – remix of Nav Katze
  9. "Your Head My Voice, Voix Revirement" – 3:15 – remix of Saint Etienne
  10. "Change, Aphex Twin Mix #2" – 4:16 – remix of Nav Katze
  11. "Une Femme N'est Pas Un Homme, Aphex Twin Mix" – 4:06 – remix of The Beatniks
  12. "The Beauty of Being Numb Section B, Created by Aphex Twin" – 3:27 – an original track; "The Beauty of Being Numb" was remixed by Nine Inch Nails for their remix album Further Down the Spiral.
  13. "Let My Fish Loose, Aphex Twin Remix" – 5:26 – remix of Nobukazu Takemura

Disc two

  1. "Krieger, Aphex Twin Baldhu Mix" – 3:23 – remix of Die Fantastischen Vier
  2. "Deep In Velvet, Aphex Twin Turnips Mix" – 3:50 – remix of Phillip Boa and the Voodooclub
  3. "Falling Free, Aphex Twin Remix" – 7:41 – remix of Curve
  4. "We Have Arrived, Aphex Twin QQT Mix" – 4:23 – remix of Mescalinum United
  5. "At the Heart of It All, Created by Aphex Twin" – 3:49 – shortened version of the track created for a Nine Inch Nails remix album.
  6. "Flow Coma, Remix By AFX" – 4:59 – remix of 808 State
  7. "Windowlicker, Acid Edit" – 4:15 – acid remix of the title track of Aphex Twin's Windowlicker
  8. "Normal, Helston Flora Remix by AFX" – 6:51 – remix of Baby Ford
  9. "SAW2 CD1 TRK2, Original Mix" – 6:30 – alternate version of the track from Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II commonly known as "[radiator]" with added beats (Was included in the April 10, 1995 edition of Peel Sessions)
  10. "Mindstream, The Aphex Twin Remix" – 3:42 – remix of Meat Beat Manifesto
  11. "You Can't Hide Your Love, Hidden Love Mix" – 5:05 – remix of DMX Krew
  12. "Spotlight, Aphex Twin Mix" – 6:57 – remix of Wagon Christ
  13. "Debase, Soft Palate" – 5:50 – remix of Mike Flowers Pops

My favourite tracks are "Falling Free", "We Have Arrived", "Heroes" (this one is kind of bizarre, since it mixes the original David Bowie song with Philip Glass) and also "At the Heart of it All".
The album's lenght is in total 139 minutes and 17 seconds.
You can get the cd1 and the cd2.

Next is "Heroes" remix by Richard D. James... Kind of awkward (in a good sense), just hear it for yourself to see I'm right:

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