Yesterday saw the 25th anniversary of Richard D. James’ unparalleled Selected Ambient Works 85-92, the first official Aphex Twin album on Apollo. All tracks off the album were plucked from several of James’ cassettes by R&S boss Renaat Vandepapeliere, confident it was the right album for the right time. Certainly telling of the Aphex Twin aesthetic, Renaat thought the record was a manifesto for electronic music situated somewhere between the dance floor and the bedroom, free from the shackles of tradition and expectation. Heliosphan is certainly one of my favourites, demonstrating James’ exceptional ability to create a truly subversive atmosphere, whilst hiding the inherent framework of a dance record clearly illustrated by James’ drum and bass and jungle influences bubbling under the surface. Funnily enough, the rolling drum pattern is actually a sample Incredible Bongo Band – Apache, proving Aphex Twin’s ability to challenge musical boundaries and manipulate sounds to create something solely unique, that is, nothing short of a masterpiece.