Nina Kraviz has announced that her трип (Trip) label will be dropping its sixth release, a compilation, titled When I Was 14, this May. The seven-track conceptual album will feature a rare Aphex Twin track "P-String," recorded under Richard D. James' AFX moniker.
Also featured on the forthcoming LP are Barcode Population, Biogen, PTU, Bjarki and Kraviz herself. Each artist, including AFX, contributes one track except Bjarki who shares two.
James wrote "P-String in the early '90s. The hard-hitting, almost baroque techno track first appeared on the producer's second Peel Session and was previously shared via his user48736353001 Soundcloud (and soon thereafter removed) last year.
Somehow, the acclaimed Russian techno and tech house DJ/producer managed to secure the rights to press "P-String" for her label's forthcoming release. Listen to the Aphex Twin rarity in advance of the LP's release, below.
Much like some of Trip's previous compilation releases, each song relates to a theme and is presented as one "continuous sonic landscape," Resident Advisor points out.
Regarding the compilation's title, the press release explains with the full Mark Twain quote: "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years," MixMag reports.
Apparently, the forthcoming compilation is the result of a conversation Kraviz had with her imprint's illustrator Tombo about "the way people form their opinions and criticisms," Fact Mag reports.
The Trip label lead said in a statement: "All things are relative and all eyes are different. In the end it's important to grow and shape your opinion, make up your own mind. This was the point of inspiration for Tombo - his artwork representing two worlds and two young boys who are affected by the 'outside,' controlled and manipulated."
She added: "One manages to escape by shaping his own desires, growth being a matter of choice. Learning that what enables one to see and understand more, is the freedom from anyone's opinion but your own."