My turn again for the Friday Classic, and I’ve chosen the opening track from Aphex Twin’s brilliant debut release “Selected Ambient Works 85–92“.

Released in 1992, to critical acclaim at the time, it has been hailed by Warp Records as being “both the birthplace and the benchmark of modern electronic music”.

Compared to some of his other offerings (the disturbing “Come to Daddy” for instance!), “Xtal” is muted by comparison – but it’s the sort of tune you could imagine being played on the sound system after a heavy night of clubbing, guaranteed to get the head nodding. Big reverby bass & drums, and catchy vocal samples.

A classic album that you should have in the collection. Enjoy.

Aphex Twin – Xtal

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