Although "Come to Daddy" is technically an EP, as opposed to a full album, I consider it to be Aphex Twin's ultimate artistic statement. Every track is perfect and every track shows a different side of Aphex Twin. We've got the menacing, rocking "Come to Daddy (Pappy Mix), the mellow "Flim", the silly "Funny Little Man", the glitchy IDM freakout "Bucephalus Bouncing Ball", and the sentimental "IZ-US."
We all know Richard D. James can at times be self indulgent, but not here. The fact that this is an EP means the statement he makes is going to be brief. It's concise, focused, and solid from start to finish. When I say focused, I mean that everything fits together without overwhelming the listener, as is usually the case with albums like "Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2." There is a lot of variety here, but it's not a random assemblage of loose tracks.
RDJ works under many aliases - AFX, Polygon Window, Caustic Window, Powerpill, GAK, Smojphace, Bradley Strider, and more - but the material he releases as Aphex Twin is unquestionably his absolute finest. The aliases allow him to explore specific directions in greater detail, while his work as Aphex Twin combines it all into RDJ's unique musical language. That is most definitely the case here. "Come to Daddy (Pappy Mix)" has a connection to Caustic Window, while "Flim" seems related to Polygon Window material. You'll hear many more like that.
Finally, a word on the three versions of "Come to Daddy": Usually when you're dealing with electronic music and you see three versions of a song, you can count on the original being the most interesting, while the other mixes are either more repetitive, or geared for the dance floor with more emphasis on the bass drum - essentially, they're variations on the same song without changing a lot. In this case, however, they're three totally different songs. I've listened closely to try to find a connection - anything - to relate them together, but they're just completely different. They don't use the same types of sounds, they're different tempos, they mood is completely different, they don't share any samples - they're just different. Since RDJ is such a witty composer, I'm assuming that the idea of taking three different songs and presenting them as 'remixes' of the same song is to be taken as irony.
This isn't the only Aphex Twin album that everyone should own, but it's a good candidate for the *first* Aphex Twin album everyone should own. It's a wonderful introduction not only to RDJ, but to electronic music in general. I frequently use it to initiate friends who are unfamiliar with electronic music and the response is always favorable. "Come to Daddy" is a masterpiece and an awesome example of the artistic potential in electronic music.