Drukqs

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Drukqs
Studio album by Aphex Twin
Released 22 October 2001 (2001-10-22)
Length 100:48
Label Warp
WARP092 (UK)
Sire/WEA Records
31174 (rest of world)
Producer Richard D. James
Aphex Twin chronology
"Windowlicker"
(1999)
Drukqs
(2001)
26 Mixes for Cash
(2003)

Drukqs (stylised as drukQs) is a double album by English electronic musician Richard D. James, released under his most frequently used pseudonym, Aphex Twin. It is his fifth and most recent studio album under this alias.

Overview[edit]

James has stated that the title is not related to drugs, and is "just a word [he] made up."[1] It is alternately spelled as "drukQs" and "drukqs" throughout the album's packaging. drukQs was released as a double CD and a quadruple vinyl. The latter package came in a 12" by 17" box and featured an entirely different running order for the songs. "QKThr" was also renamed "Penty Harmonium" for vinyl.

The music itself was a marked departure for Aphex Twin. Half of the album showcased James' signature breakcore music, albeit with higher and intensely more varied production styles; while the other half focused on prepared music for piano in the vein of Erik Satie, continuing on from the experimental music box-based song "Nannou" from the single Windowlicker. A 15 second extract from the film Rubber Johnny, which was based around the song "Afx237 v.7", was used as a commercial to promote drukQs.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (66/100) [2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Drowned in Sound 8/10 stars[4]
NME (9/10)[5]
Pitchfork Media (5.5/10)[6]

Initial critical response to drukQs was positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 66, based on 21 reviews.[2]

Track list[edit]

CD[edit]

All songs composed by Richard D. James.

Disc one
No. Title Length
1. "Jynweythek"   2:14
2. "Vordhosbn"   4:42
3. "Kladfvgbung Micshk"   2:00
4. "Omgyjya-Switch7"   4:46
5. "Strotha Tynhe"   2:03
6. "Gwely Mernans"   5:00
7. "Bbydhyonchord"   2:21
8. "Cock/Ver10"   5:17
9. "Avril 14th"   1:55
10. "Mt Saint Michel + Saint Michaels Mount"   8:02
11. "Gwarek2"   6:38
12. "Orban Eq Trx4"   1:27
13. "Aussois"   0:07
14. "Hy a Scullyas Lyf a Dhagrow"   2:09
15. "Kesson Daslef"   1:18
Total length:
49:59
Disc two
No. Title Length
1. "54 Cymru Beats"   5:59
2. "Btoum-Roumada"   1:56
3. "Lornaderek"   0:30
4. "QKThr"   1:27
5. "Meltphace 6"   6:14
6. "Bit 4"   0:18
7. "Prep Gwarlek 3b"   1:13
8. "Father"   0:51
9. "Taking Control"   7:08
10. "Petiatil Cx Htdui"   2:05
11. "Ruglen Holon"   1:45
12. "Afx237 v.7"   4:15
13. "Ziggomatic 17"   8:28
14. "Beskhu3epnm"   1:58
15. "Nanou2"   3:22
Total length:
47:22

Vinyl[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Jynweythek Ylow"   2:14
2. "Vordhosbn"   4:42
3. "Kladfvgbung Micshk"   2:00
4. "Strotha Tynhe"   2:03
Total length:
10:59
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Omgyjya-Switch7"   4:46
2. "Gwely Mernans"   5:00
Total length:
09:46
Side three
No. Title Length
1. "Cock/Ver10"   5:17
2. "Bbydhyonchord"   2:21
3. "Orban Eq Trx4"   1:27
Total length:
09:05
Side four
No. Title Length
1. "Mt Saint Michel + Saint Michaels Mount"   8:02
2. "Beskhu3epnm"   1:58
Total length:
10:00
Side five
No. Title Length
1. "Aussois"   0:07
2. "Hy A Scullyas Lyf A Dhagrow"   2:09
3. "Kesson Daslef"   1:18
4. "Avril 14th"   1:55
5. "Gwarek2"   6:38
Total length:
12:07
Side six
No. Title Length
1. "54 Cymru Beats"   5:59
2. "Btoum-Roumada"   1:56
3. "Lornaderek"   0:30
4. "Penty Harmonium"   1:20
5. "Prep Gwarlek 3b"   1:13
6. "Father"   0:51
7. "Petiatil Cx Htdui"   2:05
Total length:
13:54
Side seven
No. Title Length
1. "Meltphace 6"   6:14
2. "Bit 4"   0:18
3. "Taking Control"   7:08
4. "Ruglen Holon"   1:45
Total length:
15:25
Side eight
No. Title Length
1. "Afx237 v.7"   4:15
2. "Ziggomatic v17"   8:28
3. "Nanou2"   3:22
Total length:
16:05

Media references[edit]

  • "Avril 14th" was sampled in the digital short "Iran So Far" on a Saturday Night Live episode that aired on 2007-09-29. There were complications of this—NBC didn't get the rights to use the song. However, rights were eventually garnered by Chrysalis Music, Aphex Twin’s publishing company, for television and DVD usage, but The Lonely Island was not allowed to include the track on its album Incredibad.[7] The song was later interpolated by musician John Legend as part of Kanye West's song "Blame Game", which was featured on West's album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The song was also used in the theatrical trailer for the 2013 comedy-drama, Her.
  • "omgyjya-Switch7" was featured as "Zen music" of the future in the film Children of Men. The song was overdubbed with screams for its use in the film.

Personnel[edit]

Aphex Twin - piano, synthesizers, harmonium, keyboards, various percussive objects, treatments, sampler, bass guitar

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 22[8]
U.S. Top Heatseekers 2
U.S. Top Electronic Albums 6
U.S. Billboard 200 154

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lester, Paul (5 October 2001). "Tank boy". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Drukqs at Metacritic Retrieved 2011-10-07.
  3. ^ Bush, John. Drukqs review allmusic.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-02.
  4. ^ Aphex Twin - Drukqs / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound
  5. ^ Needham, Alex. Drukqs review new.com. 2001-10-16. Retrieved on 2011-08-02.
  6. ^ Seymour, Malcolm III. Drukqs review 2001-10-25. Retrieved on 2011-08-02.
  7. ^ The Daily Swarm—Aphex Twin in SNL "Iran So Far" [rhyme] with Andy Samberg and Adam Levine
  8. ^ "Chart Stats - The Aphex Twin - Drukqs". ChartStats.com. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 

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