Track of the Day: 'Xtal'

Chillwave, love it or hate it, isn't a recent phenomenon. Exhibit A: this comparatively ancient Aphex Twin cut recorded in either the late 1980s or the very beginning of the 1990s, in a bedroom somewhere in Cornwall, England. (And nowhere close to the sun-bleached beaches of Ibiza, or the volcanic shores along the Mediterranean.) The recording quality is a bit ragged, as these tracks were mastered from cassettes that Richard D. James produced when not DJing in local clubs. But the modestly funky beats, paired with lighter-than-air female la-de-das and warm keyboard washes are the very essence of chillwave, even though Washed Out's Ernest Greene was still in short pants when this first hit record shops. Oh, and the style was called ambient techno back in those days, not chillwave.

Aphex Twin - Xtal by ___vivid

On iTunes: Aphex Twin/"Xtal"

Past tracks

Presented by

Brendan Hasenstab is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn.

The Best 71-Second Animation You'll Watch Today

A rock monster tries to save a village from destruction.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Best 71-Second Animation You'll Watch Today

A rock monster tries to save a village from destruction.

Video

The Case for Napping at Work

Most Americans don't get enough sleep. More and more employers are trying to help address that.

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

Video

Stunning GoPro Footage of a Wildfire

In the field with America’s elite Native American firefighting crew

More in Entertainment

Just In