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Brian Coney
19 June 2024, 12:30

Aphex Twin announces ‘Selected Ambient Works Volume II’ vinyl reissue and expanded edition

Richard D. James' groundbreaking 1994 album will be available in five formats via Warp in October

Photo by Sam Robinson

Aphex Twin's seminal album 'Selected Ambient Works Volume II' is set to receive a long-awaited reissue, complete with an expanded edition.

On 17th June, Warp Records announced that Richard D. James’ groundbreaking 1994 release will be available in five new formats, including a 4LP box set, 4LP standard pressing, triple-CD edition, double cassette (limited to 250 copies) and digital. 

The reissue, set to be released on 4th October via Warp, marks the first time all songs will be available across all formats, featuring the previously vinyl-only 'track #19', which you can stream below. It also includes two additional tracks – 'th1 [evnslower]' and 'Rhubarb Orc. 19.53 Rev' – which will be officially released on physical formats for the first time.

The limited edition 4xLP vinyl box set stands out with its premium packaging. It includes a fold-out poster, sticker sheet and a booklet containing development sketches from the original artwork. This exclusive set will be housed in a hinged oak case with a bespoke copper-plated and etched Aphex Twin logo on the front, available for pre-order exclusively via the artist’s webstore for £299.99.

Originally released 30 years ago in 1994 when Richard D. James was in his early 20s, 'Selected Ambient Works Volume II' is widely regarded as one of his most significant releases. As a follow-up to his debut, 'Selected Ambient Works 85–92', it shifted towards a beatless ambient sound, reflecting his fascination with lucid dreaming and other abstract influences.

The news comes a year after Aphex Twin released the video for ‘Blackbox Life Recorder 21f’, directed by longtime collaborator Weirdcore.

Additionally, in 2023, a book analyzing every Aphex Twin album and track was released.

Revisit his full set from Field Day 2023 via NTS.