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Selection Sixteen

SquarepusherAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 16, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nothing Records
  • ASIN: B00002SWJF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The 'Eye
2. Square Rave
3. Untitled
4. Time Borb
5. Dedicated Loop
6. Untitled
7. Tomorrow World
8. Cool Veil
9. Schizm Track #1
10. Untitled
11. Freeway
12. Untitled
13. Snake Pass
14. Mind Rubbers
15. Untitled
16. Tesko
17. Acid Tape Track

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Squarepusher at his definitive peak July 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album truly is Tom Jenkinson at his peak. There are plenty of overlapping synths complementing each other as if if were a day at the symphony. There are funk elements scattered throughout the recording in the form of Jenkinson's highly conceptualized bass style, and there are free-form jazz interludes that lead into the extreme beauty of the full-on electronic onslaughts.
There is something that sets this album apart from Squarepusher's other albums. In most of Squarepusher's discography, the drums are brought to the forefront to precisely compliment the melodies. Here, they are subdued, giving Jenkinson's melodical skills a chance to shine. The complexity in the drum work is on par with the rest of his albums, but for some reason, he seemed to turn down the volume on them. This is a very good thing when speaking in terms of an album such as this. This is the album where Jenkinson went straight into composing melodies as if it were to be played by an orchestra. There are so many synth tracks working together on this album that a turned up drum track would only hinder their splendor and beauty.
I am sure that there are some people out there that do not like this album or would not like it if they bought it. I do not really see how a person couldn't like such a classic example of beauty, but an opinion shouldn't be criticized. I don't really think it matters what type of music you are used to listening to, beauty is beauty no matter what form it comes in, and this is truly an album the conceptualizes it well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great mixture of past and present styles November 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My favorite two titles by Squarepusher are "Hard Normal Daddy" and "Music Is Rotted One Note", and I was surely not disappointed in either realm of those styles upon hearing "Selection Sixteen". The mixture of breakbeats with melodies, follwed by a quick jazzy tune is a pattern found repeatedly on this album. Despite the short 35 minute length of the 'official' first 13 tracks, "Selection Sixteen" is a great listen for anyone looking to sample Tom Jenkinson's total body of work in one album, or for any fan of anything he's done in the past.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Squarepooper: What Genius!!!!1!1one April 17, 2004
By "_--"
Format:Audio CD
My, how did people with such a low intellect even come to find who Squarepusher is? Bone Thugs, trying to edit the work 'heck', and lack of vocals? Why are you even in this genre? What wanks.
This album, which isn't his best material, is still a very nice listen. The bonus tracks seem to give more of a fulfilment when finished. Compared to his newer, and even some of his older, works, this seems very thin. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just that his later albums have more of a personality to them. Kind of a completist's thing to get, really.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is definitely the best Squarepusher Cd. I recommend Selection Sixteen to anyone who has not yet experienced Squarepusher. This CD is a trip. Eacg track is unique in its own weird way and it is good from start to finish. If you like Aphex Twin- I know you will love this- it's on my top ten list of favorite CDs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is November 20, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is obviously Squarepusher, despite what the first reviewer claims. It has some of the "Rotted Note" self-sampled abstract jazz style, but has more of an acid house influenced electronic style, somewhat similar to the CD he released under the name Chaos A.D. "Selection Sixteen" does not have the unique drum 'n bass sound he created a few years back, so don't expect another Hard Normal Daddy or "Squarepusher Theme". Also expect even less "songs" than were on "Rotted Note". That said, it is challenging and cool, some very good tracks and some wankering filler. Is this the birth of real "acid jazz"? Whatever it is, it is about as different from just about everything out there released in 1999, as anything whatsoever.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drum 'n' Bass a la Jenkinson November 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Squarepusher's work from Big Loada and earlier found Tom Jenkinson ridiculing the excesses of the drum 'n' bass genre. On Music Is Rotted One Note, he shifted to fusion jazz, and since then has been moving back towards drum 'n' bass. However, until Selection Sixteen, no post-Rotted Squarepusher releases could truly be considered drum 'n' bass. Now, Tom Jenkinson delivers like crazy. There are three main styles present: Insane Drum 'n' Bass, short Jazzy ditties, and Acid House-ish tracks. The Drum 'n' Bass work here is among his best and most difficult/interesting. The Jazz bits are similar to the style of Moondog in that they are short, simple themes that don't require much elaboration. On this album, they are used as segues between tracks. But the acid house tracks are terrible filler. So, on the whole, the album is excellent and points to an amazing future. Bottom Line: 12 out of 17 tracks are five-star-worthy songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if you like square, you'll like selection sixteen November 18, 1999
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
my introduction to squarepusher was big loada, and although i wasn't an immediate fan, i grew to appreciate his style and layering the more i listened to it. now it's one of my most frequently played cds. selection sixteen was like that for me... the first listen wasn't easy, but now on my fourth i'm finding more and more to like in it. i also listen to aphex twin, daft punk, crystal method, and wagonchrist... if you are into those, you'll probably enjoy selection sixteen. less vocal sampling than big loada, i think, but still the sweet melodic loops, edgy drums, and rich textures i've come to associate with tom jenkinson's work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Plays like a respectable b-sides release
This is a fun but ultimately disposable transitional work which carries neither the tunefulness of early work nor the intense experimentation of later years enough though can... Read more
Published on September 3, 2010 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars I have to respectfully disagree...
... with those who don't "get" this recording. Yes, it is not like Big Loada but it is every bit as good. Read more
Published on August 30, 2007 by Billy Campbell
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Published on April 17, 2004 by JIMetropolis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great disc by Squarepusher
After listening to a lot of his music, spanning from his first stuff to his newest, I like this one the best, right next to Big Loada. Read more
Published on January 27, 2004 by "goonmeister"
1.0 out of 5 stars Vastly Disappointing
I have to say i tried to listen to this with an open mind. but you know, there just aren't any lyrics? What the H*ECK am i supposed to listen to? Read more
Published on December 26, 2003 by rev'd
1.0 out of 5 stars More like squarePOOPER!
Their musoic is SO WEIRD! There are BEEPS AND ALL THESE WEIRD sopunds but you cn't sing alonfg becausw ethere aren't any words opr... Read more
Published on October 29, 2003 by somwone who listens to GOOD musoc!
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I'm not much of a reviewer, but I must say this is one of the best albums ever made. Jazz/Bass/Techno.
Published on October 14, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult at first
This CD (which I bought in a Missing shop in Glasgow, U.K.) was quite surprising to me. I found some of the techno tracks humourous and other drill 'n' bass tracks to be difficult... Read more
Published on March 10, 2002 by Alexandre Mauppin
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything Squarepusher
This is one of three albums released in North America by Nothing Records, prior to Warp (UK) opening shop in NY. The other releases are on Warp. Read more
Published on January 11, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Squarepusher is a GENIUS!!!
This cat is what is missing from electronic music today. Mind Rubbers is what DnB is lacking and needs desparately. If there was ever a CD to bug out to, this is it. Read more
Published on June 23, 2001 by "thompsom"
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