Cheetah (EP)

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The cover artwork for Cheetah, an extended play by the electronic musician Aphex Twin.
EP by
Released8 July 2016 (2016-07-08)
ProducerRichard D James
Aphex Twin chronology
Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006–08
Houston, TX 12.17.16

Cheetah is an extended play by British electronic musician Richard D. James, released under the pseudonym Aphex Twin on 8 July 2016 on Warp.[2] The name is a reference to Cheetah Marketing, a British manufacturer of microcomputer peripherals and electronic musical instruments in the 1980s (such as the MS800 namechecked in two of the EP's track titles).


In 2015, Richard D. James uploaded several tracks with names like "Cheetah3 Teac" and "CHEETAHT7" to his SoundCloud 'user18081971' account; these have since been removed.[3]

A flyer teasing the EP release was sent to various record shops in the UK in early June 2016. The flyer parodies the luxurious writing style of 1970s adverts.[4][5] The album was announced on 9 June, with James tweeting a link to a website for the EP.[2][6]

The Cheetah EP was made available on vinyl, CD, cassette and a digital download in various digital formats, including MP3, WAV and FLAC.[7]

It was later revealed that newly mixed and mastered versions of the Soundcloud tracks, "Cheetah3 Teac" and "CHEETAHT7 Teac", would appear on the EP as "CIRKLON3 [Колхозная mix]" and "CHEETAHT7b", respectively.[citation needed]

A video for "CIRKLON3 [Колхозная mix]" was released on 21 June. The video was James' first since the Chris Cunningham-directed video for "Windowlicker" in 1999 and was directed by 12-year-old Ryan Wyer. James and Warp commissioned Wyer to direct the video after James discovered Wyer's "epic1:40d Gaming" YouTube channel.[8]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Consequence of SoundB[10]
Pretty Much AmazingB+[15]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Cheetah received an average score of 74, based on 11 reviews.[9] Writing for Exclaim!, Daryl Keating gave the album muted praise, calling it "fine but unremarkable, especially when pitted against the behemoths of his back catalogue."[17]


Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
Pitchfork The 20 Best Electronic Albums of 2016 2016 N/A

Track listing[edit]

All tracks were written & produced by Richard D James.[19]

1."CHEETAHT2 [Ld spectrum]"5:53
3."CHEETA1b ms800"0:27
4."CHEETA2 ms800"0:37
5."CIRKLON3 [Колхозная mix]"8:13
6."CIRKLON 1"7:17
Total length:33:49 2018 bonus track
8."CIRKLON3 (concentrate edit)"2:37
Total length:36:26

"2X202-ST5" is on the CD, cassette and digital download editions, and included as a download available with the vinyl and cassette editions.[6]


Credits adapted from Cheetah liner notes[19]


Chart (2016) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 63
Irish Albums (IRMA)[21] 48
Italian Albums (FIMI)[22] 97
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[23] 5
Scottish Albums (OCC)[24] 11
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 63
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 14
US Billboard 200[27] 140
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[28] 1


  1. ^ a b Simpson, Paul. "Cheetah - Aphex Twin". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 July 2016. Similar to the Analord EP series, 2016's Cheetah contains some of Richard D. James' most stripped-down techno tracks.
  2. ^ a b "Aphex Twin Announces New EP Cheetah". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Aphex Twin's Cheetah EP Appears Imminent". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Aphex Twin teases new EP 'Cheetah'". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Aphex Twin Cheetah EP Teased". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b "New Product information: Cheetah EP". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Aphex Twin - Cheetah EP - Warp - Bleep". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  8. ^ Twells, John. "Watch Aphex Twin's new video, directed by a 12-year-old". Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Cheetah [EP]". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  10. ^ Bray, Ryan (8 July 2016). "Aphex Twin - Cheetah EP". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  11. ^ Keating, Daryl (7 July 2016). "Aphex Twin Cheetah". Exclaim!. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  12. ^ Pattison, Louis (5 July 2016). "Aphex Twin - 'Cheetah' Review". Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  13. ^ Sherburne, Phillip (7 July 2016). "Aphex Twin: Cheetah Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  14. ^ Gu, Marshall (14 July 2016). "Aphex Twin Cheetah". PopMatters. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Review: Aphex Twin, Cheetah EP". Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  16. ^ Weiss, Dan (July 2016). "Review: With 'Cheetah,' Aphex Twin Isn't Just Back, He's Prolific Again". Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Aphex Twin Cheetah". Exclaim!. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  18. ^ "The 20 Best Electronic Albums of 2016". Pitchfork. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  19. ^ a b Cheetah [sleeve] (Media notes). Aphex Twin. Warp. WAP391.CS1 maint: others (link)
  20. ^ "CHART WATCH #377". auspOp. 16 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  21. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 28, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  22. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 28 (dal 2016-07-08 al 2016-07-15)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  23. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  24. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  25. ^ [EP&cat=a " – Aphex Twin – Cheetah [EP]"]. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  26. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  27. ^ "Aphex Twin Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  28. ^ "Aphex Twin Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 July 2016.