Originally posted by The Vinyl Factory
“Like standing in a power station on acid,” the producer once described it.
Richard D. James’ second Aphex Twin album Selected Ambient Works Volume II – which turns 23 today – is getting a limited edition repress on triple vinyl, courtesy of US-based imprint 1972.
While the original was released on Warp in 1994 as the follow up to Selected Ambient Works 85–92, the California label reissued the LP for the United States in 2012, a repress of which is now available once more.
A milestone in Aphex Twin’s discography, Volume II was claimed to have been inspired by James’ lucid dreaming, during which he would attempt to score the sounds in his head, the track titles accompanied with images rather than names.
A gentle, at times deeply unsettling series of soundscapes that has drawn comparison with the likes of Brian Eno and Erik Satie, it has garnered secular reverence unlike anything else in the intervening years. The triple LP version is available here.
Earlier this month we marked the 25th anniversary of the debut Aphex Twin album, Selected Ambient Works 85-92, with a tribute from superfan and hip-hop producer Paul White.
Meanwhile, designer Paul Nicholson recently shared his original sketches for the Aphex Twin logo, revealing how many iterations the famous symbol went through.