/mu/ i have recently fallen in love with this album (aphex twin - syro), and having never listened to anything like it before would like to know other souces to explore... (other than his back catalog
definitely Autechre. Amon Tobin, Squarepusher. Luke Vibert. all of these guys have a lot of different music though, so you have to kind of carefully get through it. don't let one album turn you off from them.
also, i mean, just get into more Aphex Twin.
if you want people who emulate richard directly checkout steinvord, jodey kendrick, dave monolith , and Wisp. Autechre, squarepusher, and amon tobin i think are more original but definitely have some crossover with aphex.
The Tuss is just much much darker, i think. there's a lot more sick stuff, like Death Fuck Mental Beats. it's always been some of my favorite stuff by him, though.
definitely Chosen Lords. I listened to that a lot before listening through the entire Analord series. it's very easy to get into.
i see what you're saying, prolly best to point them in the direction of originators instead of imitators. That said, those guys do sound very much like aphex, which I think addresses the question.
i think i'm just too much of an Aphex/Squarepusher cock jockey to give those guys that credit.
i think it's unfair because some people work really hard on creating original music, and other people just work really hard on copying that music. hahaha.
most listeners might not care, but it's a big deal to me.