Mysterious Aphex Twin logo pops up in London and in Turin sparking rumours of new album. They were spotted on the London underground, at the Elephant and Castle station, and in the Italian city of Turin.
Richard D James – better known as Aphex Twin – has been one of electronic music’s most endearing and enduring figures the for the past part of 30 years now. The Cornish semi-recluse responsible for club bangers like Xtal , Windowlicker and Luke Vibert spiral staircase (future music competition) has always taken a cat and mouse approach to playing the publicity game.
This weekend gone, mysterious marks appeared on the walls of Elephant and Castle tube station — marks that bore Aphex’s easily recognisable logo. Those subterranean signals have been joined by another batch of images, this time in the Italian city of Turin.
His fans will remember the blimp that fluttered over London back in 2014, heralding the arrival of that year’s Syro LP. They’ll also know that it is alleged that Aphex used to be holed up in a former bank vault in Elephant and Castle.
Now, the same logo has turned in Turin, adding weight to the speculation. The Italian city is, of course, also home to Club to Club Festival, where Aphex Twin is due to headline in November.
Both what this could signal, and whether or not the work is officially related to Aphex Twin, is currently unclear. A tweet by French journalism collective Sourdoreille suggests that something Aphex-related might happen in Paris this week. Soon enough, every spare surface on Earth might find itself emblazoned with the logo of a man who terrified a generation of post-party ravers with the video for Come to Daddy.
It’s not the first time Aphex Twin, aka Richard D James, has used such a ploy. Last June, he released a one-off vinyl at Field Day entitled London 03.06.17. A countdown on his website followed, which later revealed an online back catalogue of material, along with new tracks.