Aphex Twin - drukQs
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2001 Ratings: #145 / 181
User Score
Based on 540 ratings
2001 Ratings: #36
Liked by 27 people
October 22, 2001 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warp, Sire / Label
Richard D. James / Producer
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What ‘Drukqs’ never is, of course, is boring. It’s also beautifully paced. No track sounds like the one before, even though Aphex rarely strays far from the musical palate that’s served him so well in the past.

DrukQs is an exercise in beauty. It's not the kind of beauty that washes over you and soothes you, it's the beauty that offers relief after being bombarded by a blistering attack of extremely heavy acid music.

Drowned in Sound
It wouldn’t surprise me if music students are studying this album in 200 years time.
Tiny Mix Tapes
While to others, they deem the album sequencing poorly executed, but in my opinion, it makes it all the better. But such minor nitpicks shouldn’t have to be made about this album. Overall, it’s fun to listen to and it recalls the best of Aphex’s career, while also adding some new classics to his catalog.

Spreading 30 tracks (most with unpronounceable titles) across two discs, Drukqs sounds less like a major new statement from electronica's best producer than the results of a Sunday afternoon's trawl through his hard drive for files he hasn't released before.

Q Magazine
Faintly tiresome noodling with moments of exquisite beauty.

From a man who has made a career staying a step ahead of his fans, an album as conventional as Drukqs comes as a sad surprise.

The resulting cavalcade of "decent bits" seldom leaves an imprint in your memory, let alone your heart.
The Guardian

Drukqs - supposedly recorded over a five-year period - is a collection of fragments, abstractions and barely half-baked ideas.

Rolling Stone

With Drukqs, James delivers his most irrelevant album to date: a double CD, thirty-track compendium of indecipherable song titles, gratuitously weird sounds and occasional wisps of ersatz classical piano that are aimlessly pretty.

I don't normally write reviews because I don't think i'm great at writing them. Sometimes I'll go track by track and give my detailed thoughts on each one, but i think that's genuinely impossible to do for an album like drukqs. this album is a lengthy, incredibly complex masterpiece where each track has it's own emotions tied to them. even the less remarkable tracks have some layer of depth to make sure they aren't boring and justify their inclusion. this album usually goes between prepared ... read more
drukQs is a lesson on how to listen to music

Something that I, presumably many others as well, have learned over years of listening to music is that while music can affect the listener's mood, their mood can also affect the music. Pent up aggression can make a heavier song sound even more cathartic, but it can also make fun and catchy Pop songs feel boring and tasteless. While a moment of joy could have you dancing around a room to a track you didn't previously care for, it could also make ... read more
An album which didn't get its' due when it first released, drukQs has always stood out for me when scanning through the Aphex Twin discography, as only having heard Avril 14th beforehand I was very surprised by how human and warm it sounded. And after listening, I must say the whole album follows this trend.

Aphex's sound has always been very pristine and dreamlike, however always felt distant and detached from humanity, whereas on this album, Aphex embraces much more natural sounds, ... read more
DrukQs is undoubtedly impressive and well done as an album, but does it really have enough fascinating ideas to be interesting and captivating the whole runtime? I wouldn’t say so. It just lacks something, it’s good but nothing else.
I see no reason why I should ever return to it but i can see why some people do
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Track List

Disc 1

  1. Jynweythek 
  2. Vordhosbn 
  3. Kladfvgbung Micshk 
  4. Omgyjya-Switch 7 
  5. Strotha Tynhe 
  6. Gwely Mernans 
  7. Bbydhyonchord 
  8. Cock/Ver 10 
  9. Avril 14th 
  10. Mt. Saint Michel Mix/St. Michaels Mount 
  11. Gwarek 2 
  12. Orban Eq Trx 4 
  13. Aussois 
  14. Hy A Scullyas Lyf A Dhagrow 
  15. Kesson Daslef 

Disc 2

  1. 54 Cymru Beats 
  2. Btoum-Roumada 
  3. Lornaderek 
  4. Penty Harmomium 
  5. Meltphace 6 
  6. Bit 4 
  7. Prep Gwarlek 3b 
  8. Father 
  9. Taking Control 
  10. Petiatil Cx Htdui 
  11. Ruglen Holon 
  12. Afx237 V7 
  13. Ziggomatic V17 
  14. Beskhu3epnm 
  15. Nanou 2

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