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Budakhan Mindphone

SquarepusherAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 2, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: March 2, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nothing Records
  • ASIN: B00000I55W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Iambic 5 Poetry
2. Fly Street
3. The Tide
4. Splask
5. Two Bass Hit (Dub)
6. Varkatope
7. Gong Acid

Editorial Reviews

For Squarepusher's Tom Jenkinson, music is his playground--albeit a very twisted one. One minute you might find the producer carelessly wrecking beats and pieces like a petulant three-year-old boy (see Music Is Rotted One Note); at others, employing the exacting precision of a manic drill sergeant to drum & bass, he produces what could only be called "drill and bass." The unpredictable Jenkinson throws his audience yet another curve ball with Budakhan Mindphone, which turns out to be a softer, kinder, gentler Squarepusher, where tinkling pianos and lush melodies summon a childlike innocence. To be sure, Jenkinson's strange ways are still present (wacky rhythms, check; odd, assorted noises, check). But this time around they're coated with a sugary sweetness never before seen from the mad scientist. --Tricia Romano

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oooh, very nice . . April 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It seems Mr. Jenkinson did things backwards. This mini-album would have been a nice segue from "Big Loada" to "Music Is Rotted One Note." As it is, "Music . ." came out first and was quite a jarring contrast. I've tried to give "Music . ." a chance, and can honestly say I like it a lot, although it's not nearly as enjoyable per se as "Big Loada."
That's where "Budakhan Mindphone" beats the previous ablum hands down. It still retains the experimental jazz touches ("The Tide," "Gong Acid,") but most of the tracks mingle the noodling with a strong beat and some very nice melodies.
The best tracks here, "Iambic 5 Poetry," "Fly Street," and "Varkotope" rank with the best TJ has released. The rest is solid. All in all, a very tasty release, and probably the one I would recommend to the curious.
This album and the original UK "Big Loada" make nice arguments for 'mini-albums' in general. You don't have to set aside a full hour of your time to digest them, and yet you still get a full range of the Squarepusher sound. I'd rather pay $8-9 for a good 30 minute release than $14+ for a mind-numbing 75 minutes. "Budakhan Mindphone" pulls the double coup of being high quality and the right length. Dandy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Short Album That Needs Time March 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
"Iambic 5 Poetry" is sheer beauty. It IS the standout track, and at first I thought it was going to be the only one. This mini-album takes several listens to get engrossed and to appreciate all that it offers. At this stage, I can say that I'm thoroughly satisfied with this album. It uses some of the more accoustic jazz style of Music Is Rotted One Note, but this time it's less dark in tone. In fact, it's rather uplifting. There is more electronic sequencing involved here, but it is quite subtle in its execution.
The aforementioned track is the big melody track. Others are more experimental and free-form in nature, but easy to enjoy and complement the overall feel of the mini-album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Companion to "Music Is Rotted One Note" March 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One first listen, "Budakhan Mindphone" seems to be seven tracks that didn't make it onto "Music Is Rotted One Note." Indeed, the album focuses on Mr. Jenkinson's latest trend in producing purely experimental jazz. However, I feel that the tracks included on this album have a tighter structure and can actually be considered 'songs,' as opposed to "Rotted"'s jazz experiments. The two tracks that stand out are "Iambic 5 Poetry" and "Two Bass Hit (Dub)." "Iambic" is rather dim and brooding, with emphasis on string progression and a continuing groove. In two words, I'd describe it as "Funeral Jazz." "Two Bass Hit (Dub)" is exactly that: it sounds as if two bassists totally oblivious to each other are jamming along with a common drummer. This makes for much harmony as well as dissonance. In short, expect up-tempo jazz, not wacky (but absolutely brilliant) breaks that can be found in "Feed Me Weird Things" or "Hard Normal Daddy."
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4.0 out of 5 stars A strange hybrid of old and new squarepusher March 14, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Although some previous reviews have claimed that Budakhan Mindphone is really Music is Rotten One Note part II, I really cannot agree. Although B.M. certainly takes a large cue from Music Is Rotted One Note, it also brings back some of the beats of Big Loada and Hard Normal Daddy, although admittedly in a strange new form. Iambic 5 poetry is a very pretty song that is reminiscent of Tortoise; Two Bass Hit is a lopsided bass jam; and Fly Street and Varkatope hearken back to older Squarepusher sounds, while retaining the strange minimalism of more recent Squarepusher efforts. I could do without the tunelessness of The Tide and Gong Acid, but the tuneful-to-tuneless ratio here is much higher than on Music Is Rotted One Note, thus providing a more enjoyable listening experience. This is the sound of Mr. Jenkinson beginning to reconcile the old-school Squarepusher drill 'n' bass sound with the free jazz of his last effort, and it is a worthwhile excursion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is the vein of 'Music is Rotted One Note' tapped? March 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Very much akin to Mr. Jenkinson's last dive into acid jazz fusion, 'Music is Rotted One Note', Squarepusher has yet again returned to the seemingly lo-fi jazz statement against drum n bass in 'Budakhan Mindphone'. The last album was hailed as genius by some and a triffle by others, and this mini album will definitely garner the same reviews by critics: divided. Though some of this disc does delve back into the world of drum n bass for short sections, some of the songs get monotonous and weighed down by the jazz touch (the final song 'Gong Acid' for instance is a trail of percussion hits). My personal favorite track on here is 'Two Bass Hit'. If you enjoyed Jenkinson's last excursion, then this is the disc for you and if this is your first time listening to Squarepusher's latest material, this may be a cheap sampler to his full length release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Liason; As exhilarating as a full album August 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In a fit of uncontrollable anxiety, I bought this CD on the day it came out in March, and was most certainly NOT disappointed. The opening track was a flowing introduction to the staccato second, and the rest followed delightfully. Slightly more down-to-earth instrumentally than its predecessor, Budakhan Mindphone is a must-have for the true jazz-tech fiend.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Blips and beeps for bucks
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Besides for the first and second to last tracks there doesn't seem to be a whole lot worth savoring or saving on this disposable disc.
Published on August 30, 2010 by IRate
4.0 out of 5 stars something different
Electronic music has come a long way in its development over the years. By incorporating technology and every other genre, new and old, it has created its own unique footprint in... Read more
Published on March 15, 2010 by bl6r
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindphone Initiated
Budakhan Mindphone was my first introduction to the work of Tom Jenkinson aka Squarepusher. For someone new to Squarepusher this might actually be a good place to start. Read more
Published on January 30, 2007 by Kev
4.0 out of 5 stars mellow jungle
This disc is more experimental than Tom's other albums. At times it reminds me of some dreamy organic free jazz, as opposed to the digital cyberjungle heard on Selection Sixteen. Read more
Published on June 17, 2001 by Matt Enderlin
4.0 out of 5 stars emotional classic;;;;
i was in a net DJ radio when i listen a song, that was realy one of the greatest i ever heard,;;; i just wanted to know the name of the artist,,, the suspence remain some months... Read more
Published on December 1, 2000 by eduardo santalena
3.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
Quite a good mini-album by Squarepusher on Warp. Splask and Two Bass Hit (dub) are nice. I will probably also get one of Tom Jenkinson's albums.
Published on October 14, 1999 by Alexandre Mauppin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
Though this is not the most refined of Squarepusher's releases it is still excellent. Although there's that lo-fi sound present from his last album, "Music Has Rotted One... Read more
Published on March 23, 1999
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