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Squarepusher

Tom "Squarepusher" Jenkinson makes manic, schizoid, experimental drum'n'bass with a heavy progressive jazz influence and a lean toward pushing the clichés of the genre out the proverbial window. Rising from near-total obscurity to drum'n'bass cause célèbre in the space of a couple of months, Jenkinson released only a pair of EPs and a DJ Food remix for the latter's Refried Food series before securing EP and LP release plans with three different labels. His first full-length work, Feed Me Weird Things (on Richard "Aphex Twin" James' Rephlex label), was a dizzying, quixotic blend of super-fast jungle breaks with Aphex-style synth textures, goofy, offbeat melodies, and instrumental arrangements (he samples his own playing for his tracks) that vaguely recall jazz fusion pioneers such as Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report. A skilled bassist and multi-instrumentalist, Jenkinson's fretless accompaniment is a staple of his music and one of the more obvious affiliations with jazz (although his formal arrangements are often as jazz-derived as his playing).

Jenkinson grew up listening to jazz and dub greats like Miles Davis, Augustus Pablo, Charlie Parker, and Art Blakey. The son of a jazz drummer, Jenkinson followed in his father's footsteps, playing bass and drums in high school. Introduced to electronic music through experimental electro-techno artists such as LFO and Carl Craig, Jenkinson soon began assembling his disparate influences into amalgams of breakbeat techno and post-bop avant-garde and progressive jazz. Claiming a closer affinity with jazz than jungle (although he draws from both equally in his music), Jenkinson's EPs as Squarepusher and the Duke of Harringay (Jenkinson moved to Harringay from his Chelmsford birthplace) were initially disregarded as misplaced perversions of jungle's more obvious compositional principles, but found ready audiences in fans of post-acid house experimental listening music. He inked a deal with Warp in 1995, releasing the Port Rhombus EP and three others through a variety of different labels. The aforementioned full-length Feed Me Weird Things appeared in 1996, followed a year later by Hard Normal Daddy.

Critical acclaim for Jenkinson's work peaked with 1998's Music Is Rotted One Note, for which he became a one-man fusion group -- multi-tracking himself playing drums, bass, and keyboards. The following year, he released two EPs (Budakhan Mindphone, Maximum Priest) and another full LP, Selection Sixteen. Go Plastic appeared in summer 2001, featuring the closest thing to a hit Squarepusher had ever seen with the single "My Red Hot Car." Subsequent releases such as 2003's Do You Know Squarepusher and 2004's Ultravisitor found him refining his fusion of composition, programming, and musicianship, characteristics that were also heard on 2006's Hello Everything and 2008's Just a Souvenir. After a record of solo bass (titled Solo Electric Bass, Vol. 1), he unveiled his next project, a masked foursome named Shobaleader One that released a 2010 collaboration album (Shobaleader One: D'demonstrator) consisting of throwback electronic pop with an R&B edge and synthesized vocals, not unlike Daft Punk. In 2012, Jenkinson returned with the coldly symphonic Ufabulum, adding an apocalyptic soundtrack feel to his already dense programming. In 2013, he worked with a team of Japanese roboticists on an ambitious project called Z-Machines, the creation of robots that could play music far beyond the capabilities of even the most skilled human instrumentalists. Jenkinson aided the robotics team in the composition of music for these robots to play, set to life by a 22-armed drumming robot and a guitar-playing robot with the equivalent of 78 fingers. The next year Warp Records released the Music for Robots EP, a five-song recording of the results of the experiment. ~ Sean Cooper & John Bush, Rovi
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Track List: Shobaleader One: Cryptic Motion

Comments

I hear " born free"
Big Loada would be great to see on Pandora (especially as the Port Rhombus EP is included in that).. even better if the amazing Vic Acid EP were added.. love that particular era of square pushing, and the tracks on Vic Acid are insanely good..
Jungle jumped the shark but Thomas is above the trend.
polyrhythm33
The true OG
beatgrinder
shut up.
Drill n' bass music is very weird. Just as weird as psytrance.
make a station

robert.cefol a he gets played on the burial station
@mclaughlin. b j Just a Souvenir is awesome(albu m ) check out the song (The Coathanger) and see if it's more up your alley. I like it a lot.
Squarepusher has got to be one of the most creative musicians of our time. There is something about the chaos he creates that is pure beauty
badassmuthap h u c k i n b a s s
I love Lambic 9 Poetry, the rest is a little heavy for my taste. Anybody found anymore of his stuff similar to this?
Sorry but I'm not digging the African drum machine at 7900 beats per minute.
love Squarepusher . . . . wish my station would play him ...
Love this music! to bad pandora doesnt play NERVE :(
my genre is round my pusher pushes square peggys into it a verb at a time.
I don't know how its possible but i'm an expiremental junkie...Squ a r e p u s e r is drill'n'bass , Aphex Twin has some drill'n'bass songs (girl/boy song, Inkey$, so on) but Squarepusher s basses all of his music on fast breaks and snare rushes. There's a big difference when you go to listen to some old chill out and poppin in any of squarepusher ' s stuff. Like comparing meth and heroine...in this aspect though that's while on LSD-25...
Agreed, Big Loada
Who is this dude?!
I NEED MORE!
For Me it's difficult to leave comments on this type of composition. They usually leave you without words, nor any critical thoughts. They leave you with thoughts.
trying to compare aphex twin and squarepusher . words could not be wasted more pointlessly.

i love squarepusher . the writing here in his bio, however, is awfully lacking.
ejschroder
Big Loada is mandatory!
man i wish Big Loada was on here...hint, hint Pandora...
Squarepusher humbles Aphex Twin. Those are from the mouth of the man himself, look up his interviews. Comparing the two and trying to decide a victor is pointless, think of it as Bach and Mozart. Squarepusher is still releasing music. As far as I know we haven't heard anything new from Aphex Twin in a while. Right?
this reminds me of benvenuto/ru s s o duo
I think that the difference between Squarepusher and Aphex Twin is that Tom Jenkinson sees music in an entirely different light, even though they are trying to achieve a similar goal with their music. Jenkinson is a master bass player and seems like he looks at music from a jazz perspective, while Richard James (Aphex Twin) doesn't really "play an instrument" in that traditional sense. That alone makes them different in my opinion, but also many Squarepusher songs seems to have a more classic
happy sock
Go listen to Aphex Twin's 54 Cymru Beats, from the DrukQs album, and then listen to Squarepusher ' s Chin Hippy, from Hard Normal Daddy. You will definitely see the similarities between the two artists. Aphex's Vordhosbn from DrukQs is also a good example of the similarities .
SquarePusher started out as an Aphex Twin wanna-be, that much is obvious, from what I have heard, although I am fairly new to SquarePusher . I disliked SquarePusher at first, only liking his fantastic song, Beep Street, from Hard Normal Daddy. However, he has grown on me. He may have started out with Aphex as an idol, but it didn't stay that way. He quickly morphed into his own amazing and unique style of experimental that is loveable all around. Very good. I am fairly new to him, but he's great!
big loada is one of my favorite squarepusher albums, it really shouldnt go unplayed by pandora. i think Nothing Records has the rights to this album in the US.
drew749
nothin better.
pandora you bypassed 1997's big loada. fantastic album that further cemented my love of electronic music.
i WANT THIS SONG PLAYED AT MY FUNERAL IAMBIC 5 POETRY. ALONG WITH SOME OF HIS OTHER STUFF.
Delicious.
squarepusher is good. If you can find it check out Chaos AD- it's Tom's faster, meaner sounding side project
i heart tom an his musics
My ears! They cannot handle the pure awesomeness of this band!
thats the f**kin daddy!!!
hott s**t even i like it pretty twistely impressive!! !
go try aphex twin out if you like squarepusher . especially look for drukqs, winodwlicker , the richard james album, and 26 mixes for cash. His live sets are on torrents if you look hard. Those albums are some excellent sounds and the windowlicker video is really good. check it out youtube:

http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = 1 P 3 W c - 3 7 p C 4

beware it has pretty vulgar language but it is a great video.
andilemavimb e l a
Square pusher is the Bizniz I am officially hooked
I love squarepusher ! This type of electronic style is awesome.
great stuff!

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