Aphex Twin has shared a note online mourning the loss of his father and warning people about the current political climate.
“Huge heartfelt condolences to anyone grieving right now, I lost my father recently and it’s been really tough, it was not related to C19 (COVID-19),” reads the note, which was posted in the bio of SoundCloud user user18081971, widely accepted to be Richard D. James.
The note continues to comment on the excessive governmental control during the pandemic, saying: “When you are presented with C19 statistics, you must demand whether the figures reflect people who have died WITH C19 or FROM C19. Please do not forget this. When police carry out wishes from government, without any law being in place, you are living in a police state and it is no longer a democracy.”
He adds: “When you are held under house arrest, when no crime has been committed, you are living in a police state and it is no longer a democracy. You didn’t think this could happen did you? Do you know what rights you could lose next, can you guess? You have been warned.” The note has since been deleted but re-shared on Reddit.
James’s father, Derek, was a tin and coal miner, before becoming a psychiatric nurse and a counselor, according to a comment posted by user18081971. He has featured in many of James’s tracks, including vocal samples on “Lornaderek” and “4”.
“He was the best dad I could've ever wished to have had. He had incredible encyclopedic knowledge of so many subjects, he blew my mind constantly and my sisters...tears,” he said in another comment.