MOMENTS | Mash-up: APHEX SWIFT, The Taylor Swift x Aphex Twin Musical Hybrid By Cartoonist David Rees


We’ve curated the best of digital age-inspired creativity—from user-generated content, mash-ups, and remixes to collaborations between multi-disciplined makers. 
Taylor Swift just released 1989, but we would rather talk about cartoonist David Rees’s APHEX SWIFT, an eight-track remix album made by combining the instrumentals of Aphex Twin with the vocals of Taylor Swift. The result is a surprisingly successful and aurally pleasing mash-up of different musical styles.
Known for combining bland clip art with outrageous “trash talk”, Rees is also an, ahem, artisanal pencil sharpener. The man isn’t without a sense of humor, and while creating an Aphex Twin and Taylor Swift remix playlist may seem outrageous, “Avril 14th” and “You Belong With Me” somehow makes all the sense in the world. And Swift’s vocals in “I Knew You Were Trouble” cut through the chaos of Richard D. James’ “4” to create tension in just the right places.