Aphex Twin's reclusive nature has given rise to all kinds of outlandish mythology.
He lives in a bank. He can go without sleep for days on end. As a child, he won a competition for making music on a computer that didn't even have a sound card.
Well, here's another story – and it seems that this one is absolutely true. Welsh Climate Change Minister Julie James is his sister.
The truth was revealing in a moving BBC interview, one that focusses on a deeply felt tragedy that changed her life.
Now inarguably pursuing a path of common good – who among us can argue against preventing climate change? – she discussed her family life.
Aphex Twin – Richard D. James – is her brother, and she is "very proud" of his achievements to date.
Of his music, she says:
"Some of it's, I think Charlie Brooker once said, it was like being inside a CT scanner for an hour. But some of it is glorious. He writes beautiful jazz. He did a collaboration with Phillip Glass, which is glorious, and a lot of his ambient stuff is lovely."
Carwyn Jones stood down as Welsh Labour Leader in December 2018, with his cabinet arrangement a number of leaving gifts. Julie James opted for a vinyl record – a copy of Aphex Twin's 'Collapse' EP.
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