Drukqs

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Drukqs
Studio album by Aphex Twin
Released 22 October 2001 (2001-10-22)
Genre Electronica, IDM, drum and bass, trip hop, breakbeat
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 2001 double album by 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]

The title's pronunciation is debatable, due to the cover art capitalizing the Q, leading to some fans to pronounce it as druck-use (a possible pun on "drug use"). However, Drukqs is spelled in lower case everywhere else on the packaging, so most fans simply pronounce it drucks.[citation needed] James has stated that the title is not related to drugs, and is "just a word [he] made up."[1] The 5-track promotional CD of the album is spelled Drukqs.

After releasing the "Windowlicker" single in 1999, James took a long break from releasing music. During this time, he played DJ sets in his home county of Cornwall, re-released his first album on the Warp label, Surfing on Sine Waves, and spread misinformation that he was retiring from releasing music.[citation needed]

Drukqs was released in three formats. The first and most common is the CD release. The second is the regular 180-gram vinyl release. The third is a 180-gram limited edition audiophile version, pressed on heavy virgin (unrecycled) vinyl by Record Technology Incorporated and presented in a 12-inch × 17-inch box limited to 1,000 numbered copies.

The CD itself features Aphex Twin spelled out with Sinclair ZX81 keys.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (66/100) [3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
NME (9/10)[5]
Pitchfork Media (5.5/10)[6]
Uncut 3/5 stars[7]
Down Beat 3.5/5 stars[8]
Vibe 4/5 stars[9]
Mixmag 4/5 stars[10]
Music Emissions 4.5/5 stars[11]
Alternative Press 8/10 stars[12]
Drowned in Sound 8/10 stars[13]

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.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Drukqs comprises 30 tracks, divided into two discs on the CD release (15 songs on each disc) and on eight sides on the quadruple-vinyl release. The vinyl editions of this album feature a slightly re-arranged track list. Several of the tracks have different spellings on the vinyl release, while "QKThr" is given the name "Penty Harmonium." The first four sides of vinyl are listed for play at 45 RPM, while the last four are listed as 33⅓ RPM.

Song titles[edit]

Various titles are in Cornish, a Celtic language related to Welsh and Breton spoken in Cornwall, James's home. James said he "went back to his roots" in Cornwall,[citation needed] or Kernow as it is known in Cornish. Translations include Jynweythek [Ylow] for "Electronic Machine [Music]", Vordhosbn for "Sailboat", and Cymru for "Wales". Comically, hy a Scullyas lyf a dhagrow would roughly translate as "She wasted my pint" (colloquially, "She spilled my pint") or "She shed a flood of tears".[citation needed]) Various numbers found in words may actually represent archaic letters.

Several tracks do not relate to Cornish but have their own individual meanings: Lornaderek combines the names of James's mother and father, respectively, whereas "Father" is named so because his father enjoyed the piece. "Mt Saint Michel + Saint Michaels Mount" is named after two actual places, Mont Saint-Michel and St Michael's Mount, which are related to each other; the latter is a notable tourist attraction in Cornwall. "Nanou 2" appears to have been named after "Nannou," on Windowlicker.

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"   1:20
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]

  • The short film Rubber Johnny utilized an extended version of "Afx237 v.7" and "Gwarek2" as its background score.
  • "Jynweythek Ylow" and "Avril 14th" were featured in Sofia Coppola's 2006 film Marie Antoinette.
  • A slightly remixed version of "Omgyjya-Switch7", adding screams, is featured in the 2006 film Children of Men as an example of future "zen" music.
  • "Nanou2" plays towards the end of the Shane Meadows film Dead Man's Shoes.
  • "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.[14]
  • "Avril 14th" was used in the internet flash series Salad Fingers.
  • "Btoum-Roumada" is featured in the 2007 Harmony Korine film Mister Lonely.
  • A poster of the album can be seen in the titular character's apartment in the 2005 film Shaun of the Dead.
  • The short film Monkey Drummer uses the track "Mt Saint Michel + Saint Michael's Mount."
  • The track "Kesson Daslef" can be heard on the BBC Documentary "Cannabis: The Evil Weed?".
  • 54 Cymru Beats contains random voice clips from the arcade game Berzerk
  • "Avril 14th", "Penty Harmonium", "Kesson Daslef" and "Nanou2" were featured in the 2008 Welsh documentary, "Sleep Furiously".
  • Warp Works & Twentieth Century Masters (2006) contains live recordings of the prepared piano pieces "Jynweythek" and "Hy A Scullyas Lyf Adhagrow" as performed by Clive Williamson; the London Sinfonetta also performs "Afx237 v.7".
  • On a Recent Sky HD Advert, "Avril 14th" was played as the background music.
  • The 2009 compilation Warp20 (Recreated) features a cover of "Vordhosbn" by Leila.
  • "Avril 14th" appears in the final episode of the series of Sirens.
  • "Avril 14th" appears in the final scene of the 2010 film Four Lions.
  • A sample from "Avril 14th" provides the instrumental basis for the song "Blame Game" by Kanye West & John Legend from West's 5th studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
  • A sample from "Avril 14th" provides the instrumental basis for the song "Beautiful Darkness" by Olu from his mixtape Boys and Girls
  • The short film Fire May Be Subtle features the track "Mt Saint Michel + Saint Michael's Mount" in its entirety.
  • The track "Jynweythek" appears in episode 6 of the 6th season of the teenage drama "Skins".
  • "Avril 14th" was used in the trailer for Spike Jonze's 2013 film Her.
  • "Nanou 2" is used in the third episode of the first series of British TV drama Top Boy.

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[15]
U.S. Top Heatseekers 2
U.S. Top Electronic Albums 6
U.S. Billboard 200 154

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Japan 11 October 2001 Warner Music Japan 2×CD WPCR-11093/4
United Kingdom 22 October 2001 Warp Records 2×CD WARPCD92
4×LP WARPLP92
United States 23 October 2001 Sire Records 2×CD 31174-2
United Kingdom 9 September 2002 Warp Records 4×LP WARPLP92X

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lester, Paul (5 October 2001). "Tank boy". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Images for Aphex Twin - Drukqs
  3. ^ a b Drukqs at Metacritic Retrieved 2011-10-07.
  4. ^ Bush, John. Drukqs review allmusic.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-02.
  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. ^ 11/01, p.101
  8. ^ 2/02, p.62
  9. ^ 12/01, p.192
  10. ^ 12/01, p.61
  11. ^ Aphex Twin - Drukqs Review from Music Emissions
  12. ^ 12/01, p.78
  13. ^ Aphex Twin - Drukqs / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound
  14. ^ The Daily Swarm—Aphex Twin in SNL "Iran So Far" [rhyme] with Andy Samberg and Adam Levine
  15. ^ "Chart Stats - The Aphex Twin - Drukqs". ChartStats.com. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 

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