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Stream Rare Aphex Twin Bootlegs, Thanks to Paul 'Special Request' Woolford [LISTEN]

by Alexandria Wojcik   Mar 22, 2016 08:52 AM EDT

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Thanks to UK producer/DJ Special Request, AKA Paul Woolford, two rare Aphex Twin bootlegs from the early '90s are now available to stream. The first is the Warp Records artist's 1992 recording session with the the late John Peel for the BBC; the second is a live set from a 1993 show at Sheffield Hallam University.

Woolford uncovered the cassette tape containing these experimental electronic gems while spring cleaning, proving that even techno wizards scheduled to headline Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit and Hideout Festival in Croatia participate in the vernal housekeeping ritual. Fortunately, the XL Recordings producer promptly uploaded both sides of the tape to Soundcloud. Listen below.
Aphex Twin's 1992 Peel Session features five tracks that demonstrate Richard D. James' range from the hyper-intricate acid-electro to the melodically ambient. It starts with "AFX 6" and concludes with "Blue Calx" from Selected Ambient Works Volume II.

James achieves the same range from the chill to the chaotic in the Sheffield Hallam show. He starts the set out by building an ambient soundscape, then crescendoes into an all-out dance party.

The newly uploaded Peel Session is one of three such sessions Aphex Twin recorded with the late BBC DJ, Thump reports. James recorded four tracks for Peel again in 1995, and later broadcast a live set from All Tomorrow's Parties in 2003.

Additionally, Woolford recently tweeted photos of few drum'n'bass relics presumably found while "cleaning out the dark places." First is a promo cassette from Grooverider, which was followed by a tape that appears to be a 1996 recording from Goldie. Nothing else has been uploaded to Soundcloud following the producer's spring cleaning as of yet.

In related news, a 1992 interview with Aphex Twin from around the same time as these newly uncovered bootlegs surfaced earlier this year, Magnetic Mag reports. Delve even deeper into the producer's past by giving the interview a listen, here.

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