Chris Cox

12 Inches of Cox

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No, 12 Inches of Cox isn't the soundtrack to a porno film. The 12 inches that Chris Cox is referring to are 12" dance singles, although the Los Angeles-based mixmaster obviously isn't above using a naughty double entendre to get your attention. But this CD has a lot more going for it than a suggestive title. Focusing on club/dance singles of the early 2000s, 12 Inches of Cox finds him providing a nonstop mix that lasts 76 minutes. This disc doesn't isn't quite as pop-friendly as Provocative Trance, another nonstop club/dance mix that Cox provided for Provocative Music in 2002. But it comes close, and it isn't the sort of mix album that is all beat and no melody. Those who like their dance music with a lot of melody and vocal personality will appreciate what Cox does on tunes like Eyes Cream's "Open Up Your Mind," Mooncat's "Strong," and Narcotic Thrust's "Safe From Harm" -- Cox, unlike some of the more rave-minded mixmasters, doesn't rob these tunes of their pop appeal. But at the same time, 12 Inches of Cox is consistently club-friendly -- not rave-friendly, but club friendly. And the two aren't necessarily the same. A lot of the hardcore techno that one might expect to hear at a rave is forceful, abrasive, and in-your-face; like death metal and free jazz, rave music has artistic merit but is definitely an acquired taste. That's one type of electronica, but the electronic moves that Cox makes on 12 Inches of Cox are quite different -- this CD is about the beat, but it's also about melody, vocal personality, and pop considerations (most of the time, anyway). Those who appreciated Cox's mixing on Provocative Trance will also find a lot to admire about this relatively accessible disc.

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