Aphex Twin — ‘Old DAT and Cassette Demos’ (Soundcloud, Jan 2015)

In January 2015, a user under the alias user48736353001 uploaded over 100 tracks to Soundcloud.

A huge number of these were extremely familiar to AFX fans; many early versions of released tracks, high quality versions of unreleased tracks, as well as previously-unheard tracks and experiments.

Most notable are —

  • Tracks only seen listed on old cassettes given to RDJ’s friends in the early 90’s (eg — Human Rotation, X-Ray, S.O.T.T.G.T.B.A.G.)
  • A large number of Selected Ambient Works Vol.1 (SAW1) era tracks
  • High quality recordings of unreleased (John) Peel (Radio) Session material
  • High quality recordings of tracks from his legendary Orbit (Leeds) live appearance in 1991
  • Filenames and Tags within files suggesting the existence of ‘Analogue Bubblebath 6’
  • An early version of Aphex Twin ‘4’ (entitled ‘5’)
  • A remix of Donkey Rhubarb
  • A ‘dark’ version of Girl/Boy (which has since been removed from the Soundcloud page, possibly due to legal issues with the original WARP release)
  • Many early versions of familiar released tracks

RareAFX is of the opinion that a small number of the tracks are not AFX material. These have been noted or flagged with a [?]

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A-Z list by filename (with prefixed numbers and affixed Souncloud characters removed) —

  1. ∂ƒ∆ [rough mix] (3,54)
  2. ∂ƒx 126b (6,28)
    Hints of Acrid Avid Jamshred (1995)
  3. 07 B (3,55) – RareAFX does not believe this is a genuine Aphex track
  4. 1st bank Trac (3,08)
    One of RDJ’s most clearly Drexciyan style tracks
  5. 2tone[camborne college mix] (1989-1990) (6,44)
    Traces of SAW1 in here. Camborne is a town in Cornwall.
  6. 32 (untitled) (4,24) RareAFX does not believe this is a genuine Aphex track
  7. 5 [demo] (3,09)
    Early version of 4 from Richard D. James LP
  8. 70 s Tune (4,22)
    Small hints at Melodies from Mars 
  9. ACH (1993) (7,38)
    Unreleased Caustic Window track as heard on Youtube clip ‘Live at the Trout, Windsor’
  10. Acid Misc (1993) (3,05)
    Possibly heard with the Orbit (Leeds, 1993) live set (TBC)
  11. Afx 71 1 (1994) (0,44) [?]
  12. Afx origTheme (1990) (5,01)
    Very Surfing on Sine Waves feel, includes SOSW robot voice saying ‘Aphex Twin’
  13. Alis Trak[brain floss mix] (4,16)
  14. Archponf (1991-1992) (2,39)
  15. barbarella on microdots (4,33)
  16. Bcr78 (7,23)
    Quite ‘Mike n Rich’ in it’s sound
  17. Bellbrk (1989-1991) (6,06)
    Unremarkable breakbeat sample becomes remarkable with early eerie Aphex strings
  18. Bicycle Wheel (9,10)
  19. Bimbongo (1989-1990) (3,14)
    Possibly the closest to SAW1 material within this list – the original Delphium?
  20. Bpjdrop Forge [pump up the jam mix] (6,38)
  21. Bradley Jam Pump (5,35)
    Uses familiar Bradley Stryder style percussion and strings
  22. Catsquidge2 (1991-1992) (2,55)
  23. Chink 101 (5,38)
    Lush unheard Aphex classic. Chink may refer to its Chinese-style melody line.
  24. Clapstab Ab6 (4,16)
    Faster-played version of Track 4 from AFX Tape Trax
  25. CooltempoDemo (1990-1991) (4,14)
  26. Cutting (3,56)
    Contains early elements of Bucephalus Bouncing Ball
  27. Dance And Play (1989-1990) (5,10)
    Another fantastic reject from SAW1? Contains beat sounds from Tha. 
  28. Dance2thebeat (1990-1991) (4,25)
  29. Donkey Rhubarb Remix (4,26)
    A very playful, high-timbre remix of DR
  30. DroneBReak (1989-1990) (4,41)
    As heard on AFX Tape Trax
  31. Dual Acid Ab6 (4,36)
  32. Early Morning Clissold (5,55)
    Clissold is an area of Stoke Newington, London. Note there is a [slo] version of this track titled [SLO]w Early Morning Clissold Sunrise
  33. ep string (1989-1990) (6,32)
    Quite 808 State inspired in feel
  34. Fly Beats (1994) (6,04)
    Awesome Caustic Window style filtered percussion experiment. 
  35. Fnkmg (6,41)
    Wonderfully playful, funky track – very similiar in feel to Melodies from Mars material
  36. Forgotten T (5,32)
  37. Fork Rave (1989-1991) (4,07)
    Possibly the closest to pure rave material created by RDJ 
  38. Fresher + Cleaner (1990) (6,28)
    As heard on AFX Tape Trax. Sister track to Tamphex?
  39. funnel (1994) (3,57)
    Includes some sounds similiar to ‘shiny metal rods’ from SAWII (same year)
  40. gerald Remix (5,25)
    Starts as an almost direct copy of A Guy called Geralds’ seminal ‘Rhythm of Life’ before mutating into another genuine unheard Aphex classic.
  41. Girl Boy Dark Version (5,25)
    Fantastically twisted version of Girl/Boy. This has since been removed from the Soundcloud page, possibly due to legal issues with the original WARP release.
  42. glockenspiel TEAC (1991) (3,47)
    (note: TEAC is a brand of audio cassette)
  43. GPO Beat (1990) (1,59)
    Original beat used on Caustic Window Fantasia
  44. Hapshifter1 (6,13)
    Track 2 from Analogue Bubblebath 5
  45. High Hats Tune Tamclap Orig (6,26)
    Some similiar FX to ‘On’
  46. Hollow Alias Ab6 (2,14)
  47. How Much I Wanted You (1990-1991) (5,32)
    Features a small snippet of ‘Come on you slags!’ beat at 2.37. The vocal sample ‘How much I wanted you’ may also be from the same porn movie as featured in COYS.
  48. How To Science Ab6 (3,46)
  49. How To Science 2 Ab6 (4,50)
  50. Human Rotation (1990-1991) (4,40)
    A true gem. Includes the Joyrex J5 beat, and a phlanged sample of Julie Andrews (!!) As seen on cassettes given to friends in early 90’s.
  51. Japan (11,22)
    Alternative, less-well produced edit of Polygon Window remix of (Japanese) Softballets’ ‘Sand Lowe’
  52. Kids Beach (1989-1990) (4,56)
  53. Knife Fork Freq (1990-1992) (4,31)
  54. Lanner B4 Ardkore (1990) (0,53)
    Contains a 2-bar sample of ‘Phlange Phace’ beat
  55. Lannerlush Full (2,58)
    Could this track have been the inspiration to Luke Viberts’ Kerrier District series?
  56. leeds orbit[live] (1993) (5,34)
    S t a g g e r i n g arterial acid track, possibly heard within his Orbit (Leeds) set – tbc
  57. lsb [slo] (4,05)
  58. Lush Ambulance 2 (1994) (5,05) [?]
  59. Make A Baby (2,27)
    Pre-cursor to ‘Every Day’ and again using a sample from BBC’s ‘Children Talking’ record.
  60. Martins Car LPF (5,35)
    Predecessor to Ptolemy?
  61. Mental Telepathy (4,45)
    Track title seen on cassettes given out by RDJ in the early ’90s
  62. Metal Beat (0,57)
    Very close predecessor to Come to Daddy (Mummy Mix)
  63. Moodular Acid[pissflaps mix] (1993) (6,58)
    More sublime arterial acid from Orbit (Leeds) set
  64. moodular3[live gig] (1993) (3,55)
    Early track from Orbit (Leeds) set
  65. mooow [Dixons Theft mix] (1989-1990) (4,31)
    Another SAW1-sounding track which isn’t ambient.  The 4:51 version was only longer because it had a glitch towards the end which repeated a section.  Was later removed and replaced with the corrected track.
  66. nocares (2,49)
    Lovely but simple ambient track which contains delayed melodies similiar to SAWII’s ‘Domino’
  67. Nova Robotiks (1,28)
  68. Ny Groove (1994) (4,11) [?]
    Surprisingly different style from RDJ
  69. organ (7,25)
    Another genuine unheard Aphex classic ; lengthy and with an off-kilter latter section, some MfM touches, it’s from the 4.00 mark the arpeggiated sequences get you…
  70. Original Chaos Riff (5,13)
    Is this riff the original inspiration to AB4’s Cuckoo melody?
  71. P – String (1995) (7,07)
    Absolute stunning classic Aphex material — high quality version for the first time, originally aired on John Peel Session in 1995
  72. P.e. (1990) (7,20)
  73. Parking Lot (1988-1989) (6,20)
    Another reject from SAW1? Early version of Delphium?
  74. PCP 2 [unreleased Version] (3,39)
    Brutal.
  75. Pearls (5,59)
    Another unheard classic. ‘I Care Because You Do’ era?
  76. Phlangebeat (1994) (4,36)
    As heard on AFX Tape Trax, also a predecessor for Ventolin EP material
  77. Phuqed Up (1994) (1,18)
    As heard on AFX Tape Trax
  78. Pink Floyd (4,49)
  79. Plinky Plonk[orig] (5,59)
    SAW1 era
  80. Plinkyplonk (1990-1991) (4,16)
  81. Pump The Shit (1991) (4,16)
  82. Quad Rave TEAC (1991-1992) (4,55)
    (note: TEAC is a brand of audio cassette)
  83. Red Alert (4,47)
  84. Red Calx (2,50)
  85. Red Calx[slo] (5,41)
  86. Renalgade Sonar (1989-1990) (3,30)
    Features an excerpt from Kraftwerk’s ‘Uranium’ at the start of the track.
  87. Rough Beat Tune (7.25)
    Percussion/sound palette very similiar to Acrid Avid Jamshred (suggesting the 89-90 timeframe is inaccurate)
  88. SallyVingoe (1989) (5,48)
  89. Sams Car (5,01)
    An early Ageispolis?  Superb.
  90. Shit Smothered (2,18)
    AA1 side track from Analogue Bubblebath 3.1 EP
  91. Short Mental Afx (1993) (0,24)
    Predecessor of AFX 6/b?
  92. sline (9,35)
    Fascinating. Slow and rambling. Sline maybe shortened ‘Bassline’. May now have the title “jap flute energy rave” when downloaded.
  93. Slo Bird Whistle[peel Sesh] (1995) (3,33)
    As heard on 1995 John Peel radio session
  94. [Slo]w Early Morning Clissold Sunrise (4,48)
    Note there is another version of this track titled ‘Early Morning Clissold’
  95. SomewhereOTTGTBAG (5,42)
    As listed on 1990-era cassettes given out to friends
  96. Space Beat (5,05)
    Aphex Twin mix of Buck Tick ‘In the Glitter Pt.2’ (previously released)
  97. Squalitude Acid (6,02)
    Savage Caustic Window-esque material
  98. Square Dance (2,02)
  99. Ssnb (5,53)
  100. Step Up To Cornwall (4,09)
  101. Suzanne (3,49)
    Another SAW1 era track, lovely
  102. Symbonsad (1989-1990) (4,14)
    Slightly slower version of Q-Chastic CAT 002 from Philoshopy of Sound & Machine CD
  103. ThnxU4letinMeStyWitU (1990) (1,36)
  104. Twister (1994) (1,06)
    Demented Caustic Window style track
  105. Utopia (7,20)
    Another hidden gem, with a tearse percussion line
  106. Vocoder Disco (1994) (3,30) [?] 
  107. Vtnm (1993-1994) (3,16)
  108. Vtnm2 (1993-1994) (4,28)
    Superb microtuned eeriness, as played by RDJ during post-2000 DJ Set (year TBC)
  109. Wagon Christ – Sci-Fi Staircase (Future Music competition) (Aphex Twin Remix) (5,05) (2004)
    The actual FM competition winning track. Appears to have been removed from the Soundcloud page since its original upload.
  110. With My Family (4,11)
    Simple SAW1-era material, features bassline melody near-identical to Ageispolis
  111. World Waver AB6 (2,45)
    As heard on Afx Tape Trax
  112. X – Rays (1990-1991) (2,31)
    As listed on 1990-era cassettes given out to friends. Almost Caustic Window material.
  113. Xame Filtered (1993) (5,44)
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