Collapse EP

Aphex Twin - Collapse EP
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
User Score
Based on 541 ratings
2018 Ratings: #157
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
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.

91
Consequence of Sound

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

81
Pitchfork

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.

80
Resident Advisor
The most talked-about EP of the year lives up to the hype.
80
The Needle Drop

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

80
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.

80
Exclaim!
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.
80
AllMusic

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.

80
PopMatters

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.

80
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.

80
NME

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

75
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.

75
Spectrum Culture

Collapse is wildly unpredictable and compelling.

70
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.

70
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.

70
Northern Transmissions
While short, this record is one that may offer Aphex Twin a spot with broader club audiences.
70
Rolling Stone

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

exception
74

30 something years in and the man is still crafting bangers.

kyledimick
80

Sometimes I get the feeling that he downloads a bunch of drum packs and records himself randomly pressing every key.

MusicSucks
85

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

TooMuchFez
80

Favorite song: t69 collapse

daniel_galvez
98

1. T69 Collapse - 100
2. 1st 44 - 100
3. MT1 t29r2 - 100
4. abundance10edit[2 R8's, FZ20m & A 909] - 100
5. Pthex - 90

90

Favorite Tracks: All of them!

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Track List

  1. T69 Collapse
  2. 1st 44
  3. MT1 t29r2
  4. abundance10edit[2 R8's, FZ20m & A 909]
  5. Pthex
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Added on: August 7, 2018