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A Long Time Ago Or Simply Come To Daddy

February 26th, 2020

The Nitrada ‎– 0+ – 2nd Rec ‎– 2ND006 vinyl from 2002*. When you finally do what you really want to do.

What about AFX? You can never escape Richard D James, ever… Come To Daddy which includes the: Come To Daddy, Pappy Mix, Come To Daddy, Little Lord Faulteroy Mix, To Cure A Weakling Child, Contour Regard and of course the lovely Come To Daddy, Mummy Mix.

Some pretty serious breaks stuff, right there. The year would be 1997… and that’s just incredible!

Even more so, that I acquired it, listened and still am listening to it. They’re just so harsh and ruthless/reckless/neck-breaking beats (in all honesty the intro is a lot harder than I remember). The man is obviously a musical genius (it feels awkward pointing that fact out, but I guess it is an unavoidable part of becoming or being an elder/Ent).

You can’t get past Richard! No one can! Miles or parsecs ahead. Not even the all-mighty æ? No, in my humble opinion, I mean no one, nobody gets past Richard D James.

Why is that? Because he is clearly insane and operating on a entirely different level, musically. Is he a cheat? No, most definitely not but honestly I wouldn’t know… It is alien music. It is so advanced that it really should be impossible: Aphex Twin ‎– Selected Ambient Works 85-92 – Distance ‎– DIST 003 CD.

Is this really the work/art of an individual human? Spanning over son many decades? There are too many similarities and references to my mind. Either it is actually the work of one man or…

I mean what about Pilote and Certificate 18? Which by the way housed: Polar, Klute, and DJ Teebee.

However, the correlation is unclear. Is it a one man’s work or not? What correlation or possible collaboration is there between: Aphex Twin, Autechre (æ), Spooky and Icarus? It is an unknown, but it can be readily heard (after litterelly decades of listening intensly) and to my mind it can’t be a coincidence… UK. I strongly suspect a collective rather than an individual.

– You mean like Banksy?
– Right.

Furious styles+? None of them are directly involved to my knowledge.

“- I ran into Richard D James the other day…”
“- Did you now?”

– Have you ever heard Girl/Boy Song? If not please do and when you have I leave you with these thoughts:

  • It was released in 1996, if you add two years between production and release then you end up around 94′. How is that even possible?
  • On what equipment was it produced, recorded and mastered?
  • What is sampled and what is live?
  • How could something like Girl/Boy Song** ever have been produced (technically) in 1996?
  • It is even more upsetting to me today?

– Do you understand what I’m talking about? I’m saying that it is simply not a possible endeavour at the time! Not technically feasible, yet… I don’t understand how it was made and it troubles me deeply. It is just… I want to know, no I need to know how this music was made some odd 30 years ago… absolute supremacy.

* The included poster is in A3 format, it is folded and hence the crease.
** The double album Ambient Works Volume II is from 1994.

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