Collapse EP

Aphex Twin - Collapse EP
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Based on 415 ratings
2018 Ratings: #102
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The Skinny

On Collapse, Aphex Twin's genre-bending techniques once again prove that electronic can be beautiful, playful and tantalising, if you can bear to sit outside your comfort zone.

Consequence of Sound

It may feel like he is on cruise control a bit, but James’ coasting is any other artist’s magnum opus.


The renaissance of Richard D. James continues with his latest EP, a knotty, meticulous, and joyous collection that ranks among his best late-career albums.


This five-track EP is another excellent, deconstructionist addition to a musical canon like no other.

The Line of Best Fit

Collapse isn’t accessible per se, but it is a release which perfectly reflects the finest elements of Richard James’ oeuvre. It is a record liberated from convention, unafraid of failure and confident in its depth.


On his latest EP, Aphex Twin abruptly pulls the rug from under your feet, turning his nostalgic IDM perspective into an etude on electronic music deconstruction.


Collapse ... is instantly, unmistakably recognizable as an Aphex release. Here, he returns to the ultra-glitchy beats and childlike melodies of releases like Hangable Auto Bulb and Richard D. James Album, while sounding miles away from them.

Every song on here is an absolute gem, and while it does sound like some of Aphex Twin's previous material, that's probably the best compliment it can get.
Resident Advisor
The most talked-about EP of the year lives up to the hype.
Drowned in Sound

While Collapse won't go down as one of James's landmark Aphex Twin releases ... its consistency and striving ambition to keep moving the project forward, both as a familiar, welcome friend but one that challenges you incessantly is highly appreciated.

The Needle Drop

Collapse is Richard D. James's best release since the return of Aphex Twin.

The 405

Collapse is full of neat tricks in the form of expertly layered flavors of sound that you come to expect from Aphex Twin and never signalling exactly where he’s going. If the ingredients are familiar, James still knows how to make one hell of a meal out of them.

Spectrum Culture

Collapse is wildly unpredictable and compelling.

Slant Magazine

Aphex Twin's meticulously constructed EP Collapse runs the gamut from dense bursts of intricate glitch to expansive, ambient soundscapes, making it feel like a far more elaborate musical journey than its mere five tracks.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Collapse is a step away from James’s forays into ambient and jungle of the past, but the Aphex Twin identity still shines through in his inimitable take on IDM. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Northern Transmissions
While short, this record is one that may offer Aphex Twin a spot with broader club audiences.
Rolling Stone

The electronic music innovator revisits some old tricks and falls down a dark dubby hole.

30 something years in and the man is still crafting bangers.
Sometimes I get the feeling that he downloads a bunch of drum packs and records himself randomly pressing every key.
The first electronic project I had ever heard, and I think I might have underrated it a tiny bit back then.
Coming back to this some months after, I am realizing again how fun this actually is.
It introduced me to a whole new world of music, and showed me that electronic can be more than just dumb bleep bloop or dumb punts punts punts and I am forever thankful for that.
For the actual review, hm maybe someday who knows I'll do one
T69 Collapse is fantastic, but the rest of the album is mediocre and even relatively below average for Aphex Twin
While not one of the most impressive releases of Aphex Twin, the Collapse EP offers the trademark glitchy and intense IDM that we all know and love with a few unique spins on the formula, with interesting samples and unforgiving percussion. The EP is short and gets straight to the point with some great new material from Richard.
Favourite Tracks: T69 Collapse, 1st 44, MT1 t29r2
Least Favourite Track: either abundance10edit or Pthex, but I still like both of em.
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Added on: August 7, 2018