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Electronic - Released January 31, 2020 | Warp Records

A return to craftsmanship for Squarepusher. After using the top of the range of technology, one of the figureheads of Warp Records’ first generation is back using older machines for his new album released by the renowned British label, five years after Damogen Furies. Although vintage material has been trending in the production of electronic material for a few years, Tom Jenkinson manages to generate new ideas from it, evidenced by the experimental sounds of this album. The Brit casts aside his (signature) breaks on the opening Oberlove and Hitsonu, which could both feature on the soundtrack of an 80s video game with their dreamy chiptune synths. The tension kicks up a notch with a big kick à la Prodigy with Neverlevers and the drill’n’bass of Speedcrank, before returning to the calm of Detroit People Mover, an almost ambient track of electronica with poignant layers of synths and drawn out guitars via a minimalist flanger. The origins of Squarepusher are apparent on Terminal Slam, a nervous, metallic, bleepy, industrial track, a real exercise in style before the threatening finale of 80 Ondula. As always, Squarepusher takes no notice of styles or conventions and imposes his very own signature on an album written like a personal diary, the musical equivalent of a beautiful film d’auteur. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

Drum & Bass - Released April 1, 1997 | Warp Records

Vic Acid isn't a particularly compelling single release from Squarepusher. The title track is by far the most enjoying moment. "Vic Acid" is three minutes of decent but dated drum'n'bass from a time before Tom Jenkinson built a jazz fixation. "Lone Raver," billed as a phony live mix, is comprised of more straightforward jungle themes, with scrambled, ringing electronic sounds not amounting to much. It sounds like Caustic Window-lite, as Jenkinson seems to pull a page from his friend Richard James (aka Aphex Twin). "Fat Controller" replaces the ringing sounds with a beeping vibe for more of the same. "The Barn" doesn't fare much better, with ringing and beeping replaced by buzzing. It doesn't appear that much thought went into the arrangements on Vic Acid, as the B-sides can't sustain a listener's interest. There's not much of a reason to look into Vic Acid, as it's a rather pale companion to its full-length parent Hard Normal Daddy. © Tim DiGravina /TiVo

Electronic - Released August 17, 2009 | Warp Records


Drum & Bass - Released July 1, 1996 | Warp Records

The year 1996 proved to be groundbreaking for Tom Jenkinson, a musician's musician. Rephlex put out the Squarepusher Plays... EP, along with his first full-length album, Feed Me Weird Things, and then a new chapter in his recording career began with the Port Rhombus EP, the first of many releases on Warp. Previous efforts on labels like Worm Interface and Spymania seemed to suggest that he was trying to make the most of equipment limitations, and therefore leaning more on his skills as a bass player. By the time Warp got a whiff of him, he had all the kinks worked out, he had a distinct sound, and he was a solid addition to the growing label. The title track, "Port Rhombus," steps in on soft pads of electric piano and hi-hat shimmerings that crescendo to a factory full of drummy drills and subdued Spanish guitar licks. Jenkinson finds true beauty in his fragile strummings, while offsetting them with his trademark drum'n'bass rhythm score, which is truly a composition in and of itself. "Problem Child" follows next, the true embodiment of "drum" and "bass," since he is sampling his own live playing of both. The EP comes to a close with "Significant Others," a futuristic, tempo-blending collage of moog keyboards and atonal drones, peppered generously with digital-delay drum machines. With these three tracks, Jenkinson led the pack and deserved more credit than his peers for being an electronic musician, and not just an electronic programmer. He surprises, satisfies, and delivers, all in the course of 16 minutes. Collector's note: A domestic re-release of Squarepusher's 1997 Big Loada EP includes the three tracks from Port Rhombus, along with a CD-ROM video for "Come on My Selector" -- an excellent package for the uninitiated. © Ken Tataki /TiVo

Electronic - Released August 30, 2010 | Ed Banger Records


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