Boomkat Product Review:
Another Ceephax joint, this time returning to us on the malladjusted and totally collectable First Cask imprint with a follow up to the twisted acid-fuelled set for Breakin' some weeks ago. What's left to be said about Andy Jenkinson? Brother of Squarepusher, Aphex's big tip for the top and a bit of a freaked-out acid showman, this brilliant new album finds him gliding through much more diverse terrain, lifting styles from his older brother for some crushing break chop-ups while deploying the acid frenzy when necessary to devastating effect. The album opening "Plusion" maps-out the parameters for a wildly varied collection of tracks, lifting us off with some ambient tinkles and emotive, classic keys setting the scene for what's to follow. The baroque, plastic harpsichord on "Camelot Jostle" returns to a more blinkered vision, think of Arovane's 'Tides' fed through a Sid-chip mincer and re-assembled with lego-bricks and you're halfway to discovering what your surroundings have to offer in this strange, twisted place. "Exidy", meanwhile, is a simply astonishing piece of Squarepusher-esque tweaked out break flipout, a metallic rendition of West London steppin' vibes with an assembly of eerie, afx-ish synths and a massive, tumbling break halfway-through...that's what I'm talking about! Killer. "Baddow Life" is the big acid tune on board, a big mother of a bassline tweaked throughout its perfect 5-minute lifespan, reduced synths and a brilliant analogue drum-set, forget the cheese, this is Aceeeeeed! "Trolley Service" is another one of those brilliantly incorrect bullet-paced breakbeat onslaughts that every album of this nature needs but rarely gets with anything near the amount of originality and production excellence required for a full-on neck-snapping spasm. Awesome Hardcore riffs and stabs, hyperactive beats and a dollop of whizz making for another pure Ceephax moment. 15 tracks on both formats, easily Ceephax's best material to date, what you waiting for? Awesome.