Diof '97

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Chris Jeffs (aka Cylob, Kinesthesia) trumpets the re-release of his 1995 full-length CD Cylobian Sunset by updating a track from it two years later and giving listeners a taste of what he's up to more recently on this brief and bland EP. The title cut, "Diof 97," is not so much a remix but a straightforward rehash of the original on newer equipment, and it seems mostly uninspired. The second track, "Hopscotch," bounces along playfully enough with some loose keyboard melodies and a crunchy mid-tempo drum kit. Then comes "Space Skramble," which follows like a video game soundtrack for breakdancing robots, a track that thumps and beeps along rhythmically and has a curious tag at the end -- a mini-song that sounds like the opening theme to an after-school special about kid scientists. At best, it's a sketch of a song and a good choice to not give its own track listing. The saving grace of this EP comes in the final track, "Divided Loyalties," with great funky basslines played by uncredited guest Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher), who adds some much-needed heat to this otherwise lukewarm disc. The two create a moody syncopated piece that shows Cylob at its best (or certainly at its "better"), and Jeffs even breaks out his trombone to further capitalize on a good thing, even if it's the only good thing on this release.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
feat: Chris Jeffs
feat: Chris Jeffs
feat: Chris Jeffs
4 4:02
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