Bonkers! is proud to present braindance luminary DJ CYLOB!!!! Join us for another night of fresh hot braindance with Cylob and Seattle heros Jacob London : ) Plus special sounds from Team Bonkers! --> Erictronic, Mr. Zillion, and The Naturebot....
Cylob is the alias of electronic music maker Chris Jeffs. A trombone player in his youth, he progressed to experimenting with electronic music and recording in his late teens.
At first inspired by early 80's synth-pop, old-school hip-hop and electro, and dance pioneers Art Of Noise, 808 State and LFO, Chris gave a demo tape to Aphex Twin at a gig in early 1993, subsequently signing to his Rephlex label a short time after.
Since his debut, he has released 13 singles and 5 albums on Rephlex, in addition to the EP "Spider Report" for Breakin' Records.
Initial releases under the name Kinesthesia comprised of two EP's of crunchy beats and exhilarating melodies (Volumes 1 and 2), an album of isolationist ambience ("Empathy Box") and a 12" of remixes from the album, from artists including Mu-ziq, Autechre and Aphex Twin.
This monicker was laid to rest in 1995, when Chris decided to concentrate on the Cylob name first used on his "Industrial Folk Songs" EP and his remix of Aphex Twin's "Ventolin" for WARP. This was followed by the lush melodies of the 1996 album "Cylobian Sunset", reckoned by many connoisseurs to be a classic electronic album.
Then followed the harsh dancefloor sonics of "Cylob's Latest Effort" and "Lobster Tracks" (with its Chris Cunningham-illustrated sleeve), pop pastiche with "Living In The 1980's", soothing bells and gongs on "Mood Bells" and the electronic funk and braindance of "CMS 3000" Volumes 1 & 2.
2007 sees the launch of Cylob's own net label, Cylob Industries. 2 singles and 3 albums are scheduled to be released before the end of the year, initially on bleep.com. These include "Trojan fader Style", a one track album lasting almost an hour, "Formant Potaton" which features computer generated vocals, and "Bounds Green", a collection of previously unreleased ambient tracks from the mid 90's.
Although Cylob's music is predominantly instrumental, his most well known tracks have been the underground hits "Rewind" and "Cut The Midrange, Drop The Bass" which pioneered computer-generated rapping and singing on top of signature Cylob beats. A video to "Rewind" directed by Mark Adcock and featuring renowned martial artist Chloe Bruce saw a fair amount of MTV airplay on its release in 1999.
In addition, there have been remixes for artists such as Soulwax (aka 2 Many DJ's), Cristian Vogel (NovaMute), Mike Flowers Pops (Lo) and DMX Krew (Rephlex.) A few forays into media composing have resulted in themes for UK and US cable stations, and animation music for the official FIFA World Cup 2002 website.
Apart from his solo recordings, Cylob has also engaged in sporadic collaborations, releasing tracks with the likes of Squarepusher and Aleksi Perala (the latter as "Cylobotnia"). More recently, this year an acid house tinged italodisco project created with fellow Rephlex artist Ed DMX was released on SoulJazz records under the name "Private Lives".
Cylob makes his music using his own Cylob Music System program, written in the Supercollider language. This continuing work in progress, started in 2001, has led to his sound becoming increasingly distinctive. Details of this software can be found on his website.
Cylob has been playing live and DJ'ing since 1994, playing his first set in legendary Leeds techno club The Orbit, and since touring extensively in Europe, North America, Japan, Australia and Russia. These gigs include two appearances at the Glade festival and several appearances at renowned neo-rave event Bangface. He has also made the occasional broadcast on radio worldwide including twice on BBC Radio 1's Breezeblock show. He continues to perform regularly and work on recording projects.
Bob Hansen and Dave Pezzner were brought together by the unmistakable forces of The Universe in a period of time many of the World's civilizations have agreed should be referred to as "1992". The U.S. economy was looking up, and naturally Bob and Dave began to create relatively awful industrial compositions that they were not allowed to perform in their high-school's student talent competition. Taking the rejection in stride, they continued on until exposure to rave mega-anthems such as L.A. Style's "James Brown is Dead" and Church of Extacy's "Ooowee I Am Ready" caught their interest and inspired them to begin creating lo-fi rave mega-anthems of their own that were slightly (and increasingly) less awful than what they had been doing up until that point.
For years they immersed themselves in refining their sound and performing live PA's under a name that you don't really need, or want, to know about. By the time important people were busy convincing the World's population that it was "1998", Bob and Dave had taken the opportunity to release their first record ("Hydrogenated Funk") on Carlos DaSilva's upstart eatHouse label, along with forging a new identity for themselves as Jacob London. This record garnered them a moderate amount of attention from DJ Sneak and others, which they proceeded to not capitalize on for another 3 years or so.
In "2001" (for lack of a better term), the duo entered into a short-lived and well-respected business relationship with Jon Lemmon's Viva Recordings and were foolishly given free reign over their own record label, which they dubbed squid:records. They released three Jacob London EP's over the following two years and pulled in two of their long-time house music heroes, Carl Finlow (aka Random Factor) and Tony Senghore, for remix duties. The squid releases were well-received and the unique sense of humor and personality that Bob and Dave saturated each of their productions with caught on and led to releases on Free the Funk, Stay True, Doubledown, U-Freqs, and Derrick Carter & Luke Solomon's enormously popular Classic label.
Recently, Jacob London have been neglecting important areas of their personal lives (hygiene not included) with a steady flow of remix offers and international gigging, including Toronto, Japan, the UK, Vancouver BC, and Cleveland.
Erictronic - Mayhem with melody, bouncing between all points in the bit spectrum and sagging with some of the most heavily modulated sacs of sound around. Hear ye, hear ye! Erictronic is the future!
The Naturebot - fills shimmering turquoise cirques of sound laying within granite mountains of beats. Are those harmonic resonances in your filter bank or are you just happy to see me? Beautiful dance music to move and/or lay down to.
Mr. Zillion - Frittering between deep electrofunk and hardcore braindance beat science, Mr. Zillion is a man of many moods. Feel the subtle fury!
1114 Howell St.
door $10 | adv $7
10pm - 2am
Added by Zillion on February 5, 2008