Cheetah

Aphex Twin - Cheetah
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
User Score
Based on 137 ratings
2016 Ratings: #559
July 8, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Pretty Much Amazing

If you’re looking for something groundbreaking, you’re probably going to be disappointed, but this is still one of 2016’s best electronic releases, and a worthy addition to the Aphex Twin canon.

82
Pitchfork

The newest Aphex Twin since Richard D. James returned from his extended hiatus shows a simpler side of his music, with slower tempos and spine-tinglingly rich tunes and timbres.

80
PopMatters

Arguably his best package since his return.

78
Resident Advisor

These seven tracks are less about retaining the Cheetah's knotty qualities than taming them. The music's practiced restraint makes for some of the most delightfully unexpected Aphex Twin tracks since the release of Caustic Window.

75
Consequence of Sound

Cheetah is a kindred spirit to Syro’s glitchy ambiance, with James once again laying his hypnotic, synth-driven samples on thick. Composed using digital wave sequencing technology, it’s mood music that insists on hanging back in the shadows.

70
The 405
It's all possibly about as boxed and pared down as Richard D James has sounded.
70
Spin

Cheetah is warm, rudimentary (lotsa 808s), and demurely catchy — making it the poppiest record of this career phase by default.

60
NME

You could tell from one listen to ‘Syro’ that it was Aphex, back and on form. ‘Cheetah’ isn’t bad, but it could be the work of lesser producer.

60
AllMusic

The EP is fine, by all means, but it's definitely not the Aphex release to reach for if you're expecting to be challenged or blown away by something utterly unique or exciting.

60
Exclaim!

Fans of Aphex Twin's drowsier material will find plenty of joy in Cheetah, but even they might find it fading into the background within a few months. 

musicn00b69420
87
A very underrated release for this guy. It's basically a slower version of Syro, but more consistently enjoyable. I will admit I thought this was boring on my first listen, but it got more enjoyable the more I heard it. Like many Aphex Twin releases, you have to give it some time for it to settle in your brain. Nothing much more to this thing, just a good synth-funk ep.
Pitchkrof
20
aphex twin more like i haven't made any music in years im just mastering my old moog recordings and releasing them because i need money lol
EarCandy
62
Although they are some of the most straightforward tracks that Aphex Twin has put out, they are by a long shot better than the majority of most electronic music that is released.
MinatoArisato
45
Incredibly safe and boring for an artist as experimental and cutting edge as Richard.

Best Track: CHEETAHT2 [Ld spectrum]
Worst Track: CIRKLON 1
ChukPizel
73
I can see people think why this thing is boring, I mean I can’t say those people are wrong but this is a pleasant listen.
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Track List

  1. CHEETAHT2 [Ld spectrum]
  2. CHEETAHT7b
  3. CHEETA1b ms800
  4. CHEETA2 ms800
  5. CIRKLON3 [ Kolkhoznaya mix ]
  6. CIRKLON 1
  7. 2X202-ST5
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Added on: June 9, 2016