Aphex Twin ‎– Xylem Tube E.P.

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Polynomial-C 4:44
Tamphex (Headphuq Mix) 6:29
Phlange Phace 5:02
Dodeccaheedron 5:48

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RS 9209 Aphex Twin Xylem Tube E.P.(12", EP) R & S Records RS 9209 Belgium 1992 Sell This Version
RS 9209 Aphex Twin Xylem Tube E.P.(12", EP, RP) R & S Records RS 9209 Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
RS 9209 Aphex Twin Xylem Tube E.P.(12", EP, RP) R & S Records RS 9209 Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
RS 9209 Aphex Twin Xylem Tube E.P.(12", EP, RE) R & S Records RS 9209 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
RS 9209 Aphex Twin Xylem Tube E.P.(12", EP, RP) R & S Records RS 9209 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version

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tangee

tangee

June 27, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Xylem Tube E.P., 12", EP, RS 9209

Polynomial-C
As played by Easygroove at Fantazia Castle Donnington 1992...the track list to the right on this page does not show the full Easygroove set, among alot of other tunes Easygroove drops a tune called Doet which is from the Spiral Tribe Ep...hard mate!!!
Also the Anticappella - 2√231 tune listed in iamdek's track listing is not the mix that Easygroove plays, youll need this catalogue number for the tune he plays..PWL Continental ‎– PWLT 205R which is the (Mo'rytmo Mix)...another quality tune..As a footnote iamdek seems to have taken away his tracklist now? lets hope he puts the Full tracklisting up...
h4ndcrafted

h4ndcrafted

August 28, 2013
referencing Xylem Tube E.P., 12", EP, RS 9209

Polymonial - C , nothing transports you back to 1992 like that, blood running thick with ecstacy.
jimo746

jimo746

September 11, 2011
referencing Xylem Tube E.P., 12", EP, RS 9209
Polynomial-C is a great track, melodic, dreamy, and yet at the same time hard as hell. Whilst Tamphex with it's comedy vocal is another hard groove that pounds away inside your brain.
A great release from the early Aphex Twin era.
mjb

mjb

July 19, 2010
referencing Xylem Tube E.P., 12", EP, RS 9209

I purchased a copy with no outer sleeve in late May 1992 as an import in the USA, so I believe the release date of June 1992 is either off by a month, or else I simply have a pre-release promo with no special markings. Does anybody know for sure?
Dr.J.

Dr.J.

December 15, 2008
referencing Xylem Tube E.P., 12", EP, RP, RS 9209

To me, this is one of the greatest tracks from a dance pioneer in pioneering times.
I remember still coming to terms with Digeridoo and all its' ground-breakingly stunning brilliance, and then this monster emerged from the deep like some all encompassing cloak of darkness. Never before in electronic music had I heard such organic beauty and it truly changed the way I accepted new sounds.
I remember being handed this one at Central Station Records on my weekly pilgrimage and flipping straight to the black side, where all R&S gems are found, and I shut my eyes to listen to Polynomial-C. Whoaa!!! I put the needle back to the beginning and listened again. And again. I looked around to make sure I was still in the shop and I wasn't dreaming. I felt like I was floating in the clouds.
This was the most beautiful thing my ears had ever heard and still amazes me today, 16 years on.
I would actually go as far as to say that this release is very high up in my top 5 dance tracks ever.
If you ever get the opportunity to pick this up, do so. You will never, ever regret it. Whether it is your style of music or not, the sheer depth of brilliance will blow you away.
Guaranteed. Nuff said.
dustrickx

dustrickx

September 16, 2008
referencing Xylem Tube E.P., 12", EP, RP, RS 9209
This record is as a whole a massive ep with 4 absolute killer tracks. Polymonial c has deffinately the absolute power of early intelligent rave and is probably one of the bes 'emotional' breakbeat electronic tracks ever made. Richard D. James clearly set an exemple for people like Mike Paradinas and Bogdan Rascinsky with this 'let's dance eternity away crying like a baby and happy like a child'- vibe. Not only is it a great dancetrack combining classic chords with technoclaps and breabeat shuffles, it's also a great listening experience becaus of great ambiance balancing on different synths and effects.
thacidisaster

thacidisaster

July 17, 2008
referencing Xylem Tube E.P., 12", EP, RP, RS 9209
Xylem Tube is a truly superb piece of electronic music history. It came at a time when I used to ask if Aphex Twin had any new tracks out yet. As soon as he pulled it out from behind the counter, I knew it was something special. That logo (the first time i had seen it) and that sleeve. I loved R&S records as they always had the best tracks. The sleeves ALWAYS had a mistake on them (check out the starfish with the line running through the middle of the bottom left arm) but they got the track names correct this time. From the second the needle hit the firstv note of Polynomia, I thought YES! and new I had just bought my favourite record that year. Didgeridoo had blown me away but Xylem tube had something else. Its 150 fathoms deep sound (not just Polynomia) and rhythms were so organic. It has a life of its own . So hard and beautiful at the same time. If there was a long dark corridoor with a ceiling as high as St. Pauls Cathederal which led to the gates of hell, Its soundtrack would be Dodeccahedron (on the vinyl, the sleeve has it wrong as usual). It is dark and brooding with sounds that can only be described as a demented human voice sampled from an insane asylum. The strings are very beautiful and give the track a classical music feel. It shows you the skill and musical knowledge of Mr. James, not just blown away by PCP fuelled, turbo thrusting, mach10, M60 sub-machine gun warped mindfu*k. Probably my favourite EP by AFX of all time. I was there at the start and to this day, as written by somebody else reviewing this record, this is RDJ in a moment of pure unadulterated genius and i recommend this record whole heartedly. If you don't like it, you should go and buy a Take That tribute album.
jazzliscious

jazzliscious

July 11, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
referencing Xylem Tube E.P., 12", EP, RP, RS 9209

This record along with Digeridoo are two of the most unique tricknological experiments in Techno-ology ever recorded and put out on vinyl. They are must-owns in every way. I try to direct fledgling listeners of techno toward these releases as much as I can with the instruction of "listen intently and realize this is your college course in what makes techno innovative and daring". Besides Polynomial-C which IS that good, I find that every friggin' track on this release is worth careful study. I don't have the record in front of me now so I can't immediately identify the track (I think B-2), but a friend of mine at work was mimicking the hard rock band Mastodon when I bought this release (the price was like $4.00 for each - this and Digeridoo... The price WAS right, Bob!) and it was only natural that the low groaning under-the-ice sample MUST have been the Mastodon! Or was it the under-the-LaBrea-tarpits sample? I don't know. It doesn't matter - if you have any course to buy this record, DO IT! JUST DO IT! You will never suffer buyers' remorse EVER with this one! EVER! It's THAT GREAT! And very unique, too.
scherben

scherben

June 10, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
referencing Xylem Tube E.P., 12", EP, RP, RS 9209

A2 and B2 on this EP are superb. A2 is an early gabber tune with high bpm and harsh, snarling basslines. It samples a Tampax ad and fucks and distorts it up. B2 is a dark, superb slice of typical Aphex of the time. Containing a sample that sounds like a groan of despair and a great heavy breakbeat. My favourite slice of Mr James.
zykotik

zykotik

December 21, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Xylem Tube E.P., 12", EP, RP, RS 9209
To echo everyone else, Polynomial-C is simply one of the greatest tracks ever written. From the moment it starts the hairs on the back of my neck stand up on end. It completely absorbs you. When I was younger I always imagined hearing this at 3 in the morning, out in the countryside, almost like you were detached from reality. Then I saw Aphex Twin's set at the Glade Festival this year and I didn't need to imagine it anymore. The roar of approval as that instantly recognisable melody trickled into the speakers showed how special this tune is for so many people.