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- Cro Magnox by Ceephax
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Sadly it’s sometimes the case when you work in a place like this that a record arrives to review when there’s simply not enough time to do it justice. Today that has happened to us with the new Ceephax and CN offerings, both of which I have to try and review in the space of about 40 minutes - no mean feat when you consider that this Ceephax one is a triple-LP monolith which would take me half the day merely to listen to!
I’ve got the first LP on from it though and it sounds great! Not as much of the blaring ADHD acid experience I was half-expecting, it sees Ceephax maturing into a sound which is still propulsive but instead of such a clear debt to the Chicago acid house sound he here relies more on soundtracky synth textures and cool, ominous grooves, showing clear influences from the likes of John Carpenter and Goblin and Giorgio Moroder, but filtered through the pacey cosmic disco of Lindstrom and the crisp modern acidtronica of EOD. The beats are still pretty fast most of the time, but melodically there’s plenty of breathing room. I’ve only had time to listen to disc one, but if the other two are this good then I might have to get one of these for myself!
9/10 Daniel Customer review, 29th July 2013
Oh man I love Ceephax. And, in my opinion, this blows everything else he's done out of the water.
You get some more serious tunes like Natural Spectrum, Memory Lake, Cro Magnox and Forest Zone 303, and you also get classic Ceephax acid tunes like Camelot Science, Newhaven Lights and Flight of the Condor.
But overall, all the tracks are just on another level of quality than Ceephax's other stuff. It's EXPERTLY produced (just listen to the reverb and chorus on the title track and opening track) and has some seriously memorable and well done melodies.
It's not completely 303 reliant either, but still uses it in some very cool ways, like the short backing bassline of Winterloo and the great melody on Forest Zone 303.
It's all darker than a lot of Ceephax's stuff and it's all really good, from the melody to production to style and atmosphere, it's a completely ace and lush album.
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