Cylob

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Cylob is the alias of UK electronic musician Chris Jeffs. A trombone player in his youth, he progressed to experimenting with electronic music and recording in his late teens.

Career[edit]

At first inspired by early 1980s 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. 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 1980s", meditative bells and gongs on "Mood Bells" and the electronic funk and braindance of "CMS 3000" Volumes 1 & 2.

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 martial artist Chloe Bruce saw a fair amount of MTV airplay on its release in 1999.

Since 1998, Cylob has worked on his own software for creating music, the Cylob Music System.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • Kinesthesia Volume 1 (Rephlex CAT 011 EP : 12/93)
  • Kinesthesia Volume 2 (Rephlex CAT 014 EP : 7/95)
  • Industrial Folk Songs (Rephlex CAT 015 EP : 8/95)
  • Kinesthesia: Empathy Box Remixes (Rephlex CAT 022 EP : 1/96)
  • Cylob's Latest Effort (Rephlex CAT 049 EP/CD : 97)
  • Diof 97 (Rephlex CAT 044 EP/CD : 97)
  • Are We Not Men Who Live and Die (Rephlex CYLOB 1 EP/CD : 98)
  • Rewind! (Rephlex CAT 074 EP/CD : 2/99)
  • Lobster Tracks (Rephlex CAT 076 EP/CD : 7/99)
  • Living in the 1980s / Sex Machine (Rephlex CAT 075 EP / CD : 11/99)
  • Cut The Midrange, Drop The Bass (Rephlex CAT 121 EP / CD : 11/2001)
  • Cylobotnia (with Astrobotnia) (Rephlex CAT 144 EP / CD : 10/2003)
  • Cylob Music System Volume 1 (Rephlex CAT 151 EP : 4 / 2004)
  • Cylob Music System Volume 2 (Rephlex CAT 152 EP : 5 / 2004)
  • Spider Report E.P. (Breakin' Records BRK45 : 5 / 2004)
  • Private Life (With DMX Krew as Private Lives) (SoulJazz Records SJR 160 12 : 7/2007)
  • Rock The Trojan fader (Cylob Industries CSR 001 M : 7 / 2007)
  • Late In The Day (Cylob Industries CSR 005 M : 1 / 2008)
  • Pepper Spray (Cylob Industries CSR 006 M : 3 / 2010)

Albums[edit]

  • Kinesthesia: Empathy Box (Rephlex CAT 022 LP/CD : 4/96)
  • Loops and Breaks (Rephlex CAT 032 LP : 8/96)
  • Cylobian Sunset (Rephlex CAT 033 LP/CD : 8/96)
  • Previously Unavailable on Compact Disc (Rephlex CAT 055 CD : 98)
  • Mood Bells (Rephlex CAT 122 CD : 11/2001)
  • Trojan Fader Style (Cylob Industries CSR 002 M : 7/2007)
  • Bounds Green (Cylob Industries CSR 004 M & WeMe 012  : 9/2007)
  • Formant Potaton (Cylob Industries CSR 003 M : 8/2007)
  • Ambient News: Ambient News (Cylob Industries CSR 007 M : 8/2009)

Remixes[edit]

  • Bochum Welt : Scharlach Eingang : Rephlex CAT 030 EP : Phlughaven Alphard (Kinesthesia Mix) : 94
  • Aphex Twin : Ventolin : Warp WAP 60 R : Ventolin (Cylob mix) : 95
  • Immersion : Remixes Volume 3 : Swim : Envelope (Cylob remix) : 95
  • DMX Krew : Nu Romantix : Rephlex CAT 061 LP/CD : I'm All Alone (Cylob's mix) : 98
  • The Jones Machine : Rephlex CAT 083 EP/CD : You're The One (Part Two) - Cylob's mix / (I'm The) * Disco Dancing - Cylob's mix : 99
  • Soulwax : Saturday (Hotline mix) : Play It Again Sam : 99
  • The Mike Flowers Pops : 1999 : Lo Recordings : 99
  • Christian Vogel : Whipaspank (Cylob mix) : Novamute : 2000
  • Manhunt Remixes : Rockstar games promotional remixes CD : includes "Cylob mix" : MHUNT18CD : 12/2003
  • Rubicks : Actress Model (Cylob Mix) : unreleased white label : 2005
  • Jamie Lidell : A Little Bit More (Cylob Mix) : Warp Records : unreleased
  • Synclair (Cylob Mix) : Areal Records : 2007

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