Ceephax Acid Crew (often simply credited as Ceephax) is a British acid house, and drum and bass electronic musician named Andy Jenkinson. The younger sibling of Tom Jenkinson a.k.a Squarepusher fashions his curiously resonant music via a Roland TB-303, the transistor bass introduced in the early 80s and originally intended to emulate a real bass player but widely appropriated and abused as a sound source by enterprising dance musicians.
After a series of EPs (predominantly featuring tracks with acid in the title), Ceephax Acid Crew finally released two albums in quick succession in 2003. The debut album was released via Breakin’ (the label run by Ed DMX) and compiled a disc’s worth of new tracks alongside the rare Breakin’ EPs, Bainted Smile and Radiotin. A rapid follow-up, Exidy Tours, sounded more unhinged. Issued via the Belgium-based Firstcask label, the release juxtaposed wistful melodies (albeit performed on the 303) with the kind of messy neo-jungle. Notably, Ceephax is regularly cited as the Aphex Twin’s favourite artist.
Dance producers nowadays are inclined to go on stage with a laptop under their arm and then stare at the screen. Not Andy… Ceephax drags his studio to every performance, puts a stack of drum computers and synths on stage and every track is performed live. While he scatters his acid over the audience, he also wants to have a conversation with them.