Dance Beat: Aphex Twin, Sigur Ros, John Digweed …

Electronic-music icon scores video piece; Icelandic quartet to release second album; Digweed and partner remix Underworld track.

Electronic-music icon Aphex Twin has teamed again with filmmaker Chris Cunningham, director of his videos for “Come to Daddy” (RealAudio excerpt) and “Windowlicker,” for a short film that will be presented at the London’s Royal Academy of Art exhibit “Apocalypse: Beauty and Horror in Contemporary Art.” Aphex Twin (born Richard James) contributed 17 minutes of new music to the project, which will be showcased next to work by artists and photographers from around the globe. The exhibit opens Sept. 23 and runs through Dec. 15. …

The second full-length disc by the Icelandic experimental ambient quartet Sigur Ros, Agætis Byrjun (loosely, “A New Beginning”), will be released Aug. 14 by the cutting-edge UK label FatCat through the progressive New York label Bubblecore. Led by singer/guitarist Jon Thor Birgisson (a.k.a. Jonsi), Sigur Ros’ moody, heavily effected psychedelic sound is deeply intense and transcendently gorgeous. Sigur Ros (translated as “victory rose”) released their debut, Von, in 1997, which was accompanied by Von Brigoi, an album of remixes. …

John Digweed and remix partner Nick Muer have reworked Underworld‘s 1993 single “Cowgirl” (from their debut LP, Dubnobasswithmyheadman) for an upcoming single, according to the band’s co-founder, Rick Smith. Future Shock also will contribute a remix. “They’re fascinating,” Smith said of the remixes. “They will be released very soon, within the next month.” A spokesperson at V2 Records, Underworld’s U.S. label, was not aware of the tracks. …

Detroit techno icon Jeff Mills will return to the infamous New York club Limelight for a performance on Aug. 26. Mills, who co-founded the pioneering Detroit collective Underground Resistance and has released a number of seminal techno tracks on his own Axis and Purpose Maker imprints, had a celebrated residency at the Limelight in 1992. This will be his first performance at the club since then. Mills recently released a CD, The Art of Connecting, which compiles 10 of his classic singles but is available in the States only as an import. … The third album by innovative French techno producer Laurent Garnier, Unreasonable Behaviour, will be released Oct. 17 in the United States. Featuring several jazz-influenced experimental tracks, including the recent singles “The Sound of the Big Babou” and “The Man With the Red Face,” the album (released in February in Europe on Garnier’s Paris label, F Communications) is a departure for the techno and acid-house veteran. …

The investigation into the death of 21-year-old James Wiest early Saturday morning (July 22) at the popular New York nightclub Twilo will likely last another 10 days, according to the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office. Meanwhile, Twilo’s lawyer, Peter R. Sullivan, said it does not appear the club’s owners will be charged. “It was an accident; how can you blame anyone?” Sullivan said. German trance DJ/producer Paul van Dyk performed at Twilo the night of the incident. … Industrial band Skinny Puppy‘s upcoming reunion show in Germany will be recorded for a live album due mid-2001, according to a representative at Nettwerk Productions. The band is reuniting for one night on Aug. 20 at the Doomsday Festival in Dresden. … Orlando, Fla.’s DJ Icey, one of the original American DJ/producers of the “funky breaks” style, will release a mix-CD in the Essential series Aug. 22. Titled Essential Mix, the mix’s 16 tracks include songs or mixes by Orbital, the Freestylers and David Holmes. …

The Madnet collective of independent German electronic-music labels will release a compilation titled Madnet 2000: Electronic Lifestyles on Aug. 8. Featuring tracks from Frankfurt and Cologne labels, including Perlon, Lo-Fi Stereo and Raum…Musik, the CD, which will be released in a limited edition of 1,000, includes innovative techno producers Markus Nikolai, D. Diggler and Ricardo Villalobos. … Nominees for the Technics Mercury Music Prize for best album by a British artist were announced Tuesday (July 25), with several electronic-music albums included in the esteemed list. Leftfield‘s Rhythm & Stealth, Death In VegasThe Contino Sessions, garage producer MJ Cole‘s Sincere, Anglo-Indian Nitin Sawhney‘s Beyond Skin and junglist Badly Drawn Boy‘s Hour of the Bewilderbeast were all nominated, along with seven rock albums, including former Verve singer Richard Ashcroft‘s Alone With Everybody. The winner of the award, which is considered the top music prize in Britain, will be announced Sept. 12. …

The fifth album by Chicago post-rock outfit The Sea and Cake, Oui, will be released Oct. 3 on Thrill Jockey Records. Led by vocalist/guitarist Sam Prekop and former Coctails frontman Archer Prewitt, the band recorded the album’s 10 songs at producer and Tortoise member John McEntire‘s Soma Studios. …

Rappers Kid Rock, the Black Mob Group, Lords of Brooklyn and Brother Marquis of 2 Live Crew, along with turntablists DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill, DJ Godfather, Liquid Todd, Danny Breaks and AK 1200, team up with a host of adult-film stars on Deep Porn, a compilation due Aug. 22. Artists on the album, which also includes funk legend George Clinton, sample the moans and screams of porn clips from Stacy Valentine, Stephanie Swift and others over rap and electronic tracks. “Pornstar Style,” from Danny Breaks and AK 1200 with Alicia Rio, is the first single. …

The third LP by English superstar duo Electronic, Twisted Tenderness, is slated for its long-awaited North American release Sept. 12 on Koch Records. The periodic collaboration of New Order vocalist/guitarist Bernard Sumner and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr formed in 1989 and released the hit singles “Getting Away With It” (RealAudio excerpt) and “Get the Message” before releasing an eponymous LP in 1991. Twisted Tenderness, the follow-up to the group’s 1996 album, Raise the Pressure, has been available exclusively in the UK since its release last year. …

P.S. 1, a contemporary-art museum in Queens, N.Y., is hosting “Warm Up 2,” the second in its series of Saturday-afternoon outdoor summer music events. Upcoming shows include sets by South Asian-influenced DJs Rekha and Siraiki (July 29), a double bill featuring UK quirky-beat producer Luke Vibert and Cibo Matto‘s Miho Hatori (Aug. 5), Brooklyn Afro-beat 12-piece band Antibalas with DJ Afro of Venezuela’s Los Amigos Invisibles (Aug. 12), and New York abstract hip-hoppers Anti-Pop Consortium (Aug. 19). Past performances this year have featured Swayzak and Ming & FS. More information is available at www.ps1.org/cut/press/events.html. … The latest release on Roulé Records, the label run by Daft Punk‘s Thomas Bangalter, is a one-sided vinyl-only single, “Together,” featuring a collaboration between Bangalter and fellow Frenchman DJ Falcon. … Industrial-techno outfit Lords of Acid kick off an 11-city U.S. tour Aug. 2 at the Ogden Theater in Denver. Praga Khan and Detroit ghetto-tech producer DJ Assault are the opening acts on the tour, which concentrates on venues in the Midwest and which also hits New Orleans, Atlanta and Panama City, Fla. The tour ends Aug. 15 at Phoenix Plaza in Detroit. The Brussels, Belgium, group released Expand Your Head and Heaven Is an Orgasm in 1999.