Aphex Twin ‎– Drukqs

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Jynweythek "Mechanical".
Omgyjya-Switch7 "The first word is a swear word alluding to pleasuring oneself".
Strotha Tynhe "To squeeze, to tighten".
Gwely Mernans "Deathbed".
Gwarek2 "Arch".
Hy A Scullyas Lyf A Dhagrow "She shed a flood of tears".
Kesson Dalef "Harmonious voice"? (NB “lef” means voice but “dalef” doesn’t mean anything).
Ruglen Holon (This is probably meant to be something along the lines of “Rattle of the heart”, but it’s not correct Cornish so it’s unclear).

Track translations from magakernow.org.uk the 'Cornish Language Partnership'.

The title on the cover is stylized as "drukQs", pronounced to rhyme with "drug use" (druck queues). The titles on the spine and the discs are written in all lowercase instead of capitalizing the Q.

Tracklist

Jynweythek 2:23
Vordhosbn 4:51
Kladfvgbung Micshk 2:06
Omgyjya-Switch7 4:52
Strotha Tynhe 2:12
Gwely Mernans 5:08
Bbydhyonchord 2:33
Cock/Ver10 5:18
Avril 14th 2:05
Mt Saint Michel + Saint Michaels Mount 8:10
Gwarek2 6:46
Orban Eq Trx4 1:35
Aussois 0:13
Hy A Scullyas Lyf A Dhagrow 2:14
Kesson Dalef 1:21
54 Cymru Beats 6:06
Btoum-Roumada 1:58
Lornaderek 0:31
QKThr 1:27
Meltphace 6 6:24
Bit 4 0:25
Prep Gwarlek 3b 1:19
Father 0:57
Taking Control 7:14
Petiatil Cx Htdui 2:11
Ruglen Holon 1:49
Afx237 V.7 4:23
Ziggomatic 17 8:35
Beskhu3epnm 2:10
Nanou 2 3:25

Versions (35)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WARPCD92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album) Warp Records WARPCD92 UK 2001 Sell This Version
PM 06-1.02 Aphex Twin Drukqs Part.One(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Universal (3) PM 06-1.02 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
7243 8 11251 2 0, WARPCD92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Source, Warp Records 7243 8 11251 2 0, WARPCD92 France 2001 Sell This Version
4344311742 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album) Warner Music Australia, Warp Records 4344311742 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
CD 31174 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album) Warp Records, Sire CD 31174 Canada 2001 Sell This Version
WPCR-11093/4 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album) WEA Japan, Warp Records WPCR-11093/4 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
31174-2 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album) Sire, Warp Records 31174-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
31174-2 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album) Sire, Warp Records 31174-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
RTD126.3568.2, WARPCD92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album, Copy Prot.) Zomba, Warp Records RTD126.3568.2, WARPCD92 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
31174-2A Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album, Promo) Warp Records, Sire 31174-2A US 2001 Sell This Version
31174-2 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Sire (2), Warp Records (2) 31174-2 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
WARPCD92, RTD126.3568.2 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Warp Records (2), Zomba Records (2) WARPCD92, RTD126.3568.2 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
31174-2 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Sire (2), Warp Records (2) 31174-2 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
WARPCD92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Warp Records (2) WARPCD92 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
none Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCDr, Album, Promo) Source, Warp Records none France 2001 Sell This Version
none Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCDr, Album, Promo) Source, Warp Records none France 2001 Sell This Version
WPCR-11093-4 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCass, Album, Promo) Warner Music Japan WPCR-11093-4 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
WARPCDD92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(30xFile, WAV, Album) Warp Records WARPCDD92 UK 2001
WARPLP92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(4x12", Album + Box) Warp Records WARPLP92 UK 2001 Sell This Version
WARPLP92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(4xLP, Album, MP + Box) Warp Records WARPLP92 UK 2001 Sell This Version
WARP LP 92 X Aphex Twin Drukqs(4xLP, TP) Warp Records WARP LP 92 X UK 2001 Sell This Version
WARPLP92X Aphex Twin Drukqs(4xLP, Album, Ltd + Box) Warp Records WARPLP92X UK 2002 Sell This Version
WARPLP 92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Warp Records WARPLP 92 UK 2002 Sell This Version
WARPCDD 92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(30xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Warp Records WARPCDD 92 UK 2007
WARPCD92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album, RE) Warp Records WARPCD92 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
BRC-557 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album) Warp Records, Beat Records BRC-557 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
WARPCD92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album, RE) Warp Records WARPCD92 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
WARPCDD 92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(30xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 320) Warp Records WARPCDD 92 UK 2017
WARPCDD92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(31xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Warp Records WARPCDD92 UK 2017
WARPCD92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(31xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 320) Warp Records WARPCD92 UK 2017
WARPCDD92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(31xFile, WAV, Album, RE) Warp Records WARPCDD92 UK 2017
BRC-557C Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCD, Album) Warp Records, Beat Records BRC-557C Japan 2018 Sell This Version
WARPCDD92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(34xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Warp Records WARPCDD92 UK 2018
WARPCDD92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(34xFile, WAV, Album, RE) Warp Records WARPCDD92 UK 2018
WARP 92 Aphex Twin Drukqs(2xCDr, Album, Promo) Warp Records WARP 92 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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Cardia1

Cardia1

January 26, 2020
edited 4 months ago
referencing Drukqs, 2xCD, Album, WARPCD92

This is my favorite Aphex Album , very melodic, uplifting, emotional, full of life , also melancholic, dark and somehow hypnotic. Cd 1 is my favourite and my top track is " Mt Saint Michel + Saint Michaels Mount".
nicewrain

nicewrain

January 5, 2020
referencing Drukqs, 2xCD, Album, WARPCD92
A monster of an album that is packed with pure gold. Give it a good chance, and then another, and the mastery will reveal itself, and you'll realize your enjoying some serious stuff you were missing all along. Never forget that journey on a bus and I was listening to Ziggomativ V17 reveal it's beautiful melodies. And yeah f*ck Pitchfork and their amateur review.
rzezniqq

rzezniqq

October 15, 2019
referencing Drukqs, 2xCD, Album, WARPCD92
A seminal work by Mr. Richard D. James. Incredibly complex and challenging at times. Multi-layer complex drill core tracks meet prepared piano and dark ambient. An amazing achievement in 2001 composed in a tracker by sampling a multitude instruments and synthesizers. Often overlooked because of the non-compromising nature. An absolute peak in modern IDM. Also f*ck Pitchfork.
GuruXenu

GuruXenu

May 31, 2019
edited 8 months ago
referencing Drukqs, 4x12", Album + Box, WARPLP92

Out of the current 6 Aphex Albums, Drukqs is probably the hardest to get into. It was no doubt difficult for me. But when it clicks, its rewarding as all hell. Drukqs is my favorite album of Richard's. Might be my favorite album period. The piano tracks are amazing and the electronic tracks are perfection. I say if you can, get the vinyl. Audiophile version or not. I also say get the Promo (has a version of my favorite track, Cock ver.10), and Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 if you dig Drukqs.

Update: Also get 2 Remixes by AFX as well, Box Energy has the same spirit as some of the Drukqs tracks.
Alan_Burns

Alan_Burns

April 5, 2019
referencing Drukqs, 2xCD, Album, WARPCD92
Got to agree with front_right and others, Drukqs is a wonderful album. I've been giving all of Richard's main albums a fresh listen this month, and Drukqs is so satisfying and fresh.

It's also interesting to listen to this one with hindsight, post-soundcloud and after the post-Syro EPs. Drukqs now looks like RDJ dropping the first hint that he was way more eclectic than we could imagine, with the prepared piano stuff and so forth. Petiatil Cx Htdui really stood out for me this time around, it's almost like something out of Ravel's Mere L'Oye.
moodylotion

moodylotion

February 11, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Drukqs, 2xCD, Album, WARPCD92
Don't even really truly understand the contention over this album. It's psychotic but yet has a lot warm sublime treasures to be unearthed, what more could you want from an Aphex album.

Drukqs is one of Richard's finest works without a doubt.
harmedy

harmedy

January 16, 2019
referencing Drukqs, 2xCD, Album, WARPCD92
I swear Aphex did an interview at the time of this release where he said he hoped people would listen to this album by taking the songs they want and making playlists, not listening to the entire thing straight through. I agree this makes sense for this album and it's the best way to listen to it. It still sounds remarkably fresh and vibrant. He also said that the only reason this was released was he left the tracks on his mp3 player on a plane, so thought they'd definitely be leaked so he may as well officially release them (though he's known for trolling the press so who knows)
QuirkyGuy

QuirkyGuy

November 20, 2018
referencing Drukqs, 2xCD, Album, WARPCD92
This album is always mutating within itself, maintaining the change and the necessary balance for composition.

It is impossible to get bored.
Candy_Guru

Candy_Guru

May 13, 2018
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Drukqs, 2xCD, Album, WARPCD92

It's so hard for me to rate this album, as is my relationship with RDJ's work in general. I always feel disturbed while listening to his tracks, even the ones that are probably not meant to invoke such a feeling. "Druqks" are no exception, and while I admire the energy and pure "c'mon-you-cunts" anger behind most of the tracks here, I think I've never listened to the entire double album in one take, ever. It's just too overwhelming and, well... tiring.
Even the "pretty" compositions, such as "Avril 14th", sound weirdly menacing, surrounded by the madness... It's like listening to a serial killer relaxing himself by playing a nice piano tune.
Still, 4 stars for the originality itself. It's a drill'n'bass essential.
ianandi

ianandi

December 18, 2017
referencing Drukqs, 4xLP, Album, Ltd + Box, WARPLP92X
I have to say that this sounds amazing on audiophile vinyl!