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Shobaleader One: d'Demonstrator

SquarepusherAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 19, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B0041NZNN6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,746 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Plug Me In
2. Smash Unreason
3. Into The Blue
4. Frisco Wave
5. Megazine
6. Abstract Lover
7. Endless Night
8. Cryptic Motion
9. Maximum Planck

Editorial Reviews

This is by far the most accessible record Squarepusher (aka Tom Jenkinson) has ever made. This was not the original intent, but the result is clear. This record will change the way people view Squarepusher. Having been known as a leader and innovator in Drum 'n Bass and various forms of up tempo electronic music for 15 years, Jenkinson was always able to push the boundaries of the genre, but on ''Shobaleader One: d'Demonstrator'', he is pushing so far beyond his previous releases it is easy to hear why it might take a few listens to register that this is indeed a Squarepusher record. Vocals? R&B rhythms? Heavy synths? These and other un-Squarepusher like elements form what could even be described as 'baby makin' music'. Jenkinson's vast knowledge of rhythm and harmony help to make these songs much more than nu-soul R&B, they are truly an entity unto themselves.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Putting the rest to shame, as usual November 3, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Each time Tom Jenkinson makes me believe that he can't get any better, he comes forth with yet another curveball that's more fresh, innovative, and inspiring than any of his previous efforts. This time, Jenkinson manages to keep his own unique and crazy sound while somehow displaying an acute ear for pop music. He's always embraced jazz and felt the funk, but to know that he can tackle popular music and make it all his own forces one to wonder just how far Squarepusher can go.

Squarepusher's music has always been an acquired taste, and demanded some patience from the standard listeners. Those who appreciate experimental music, though, have been treated to some of the most avant-garde and inspiring electronic sounds this side of Aphex Twin and Boards Of Canada. However unapproachable his music has been in the past, the only aspect of "Shobaloader One: d'Demonstrator" that might be hard for passers-by to digest is the title of the album itself. It's interesting that he titles one of his most palatable records with such a daunting title, but maybe that's the point.

"SO: d'D" extends what came out of his recent efforts "Just A Souvenir" and "Numbers Lucent" in that they tackle a slightly retro sound and intertwine it with high energy electro madness that sound distinctly Squarepusher. He never quite loses that drum 'n bass type of sensibility, but he's always tweaking and updating it, constantly keeping the listener slightly off-balance. What's so unique about this new album is his deployment of pop sensibilities swathed by vocals on nearly every track. However, it's not straight-up vocals like you hear on Jenkinson's cover version of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" - the vocals come via a vocoder and sound dangerously close to Daft Punk.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopelessly Addictive November 2, 2010
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With the awkwardly titled "Shobaleader One: d'Demonstrator," Tom Jenkinson fully commits to a refinement of the sound he hinted at with portions of 2008's "Just a Souvenir." The big revelation: Squarepusher can write lush, sexy pop songs, and not just every now and then. Here's essentially an entire album of insanely catchy electro-pop without the jazz fusion interludes he's historically been fond of. SO:d reflects a purity of vision that rivals that of "Go Plastic," though musically it inhabits a different universe. Those were willfully dense, abrasive, and thoroughly difficult pieces. These are SONGS.

The album's lead track, "Plug Me In," and "Abstract Lover" are both retro-futuristic slow jamz that should have R&B artists on their knees at Tom's doorstep begging for him to produce. "Synchronize our soul . . baby, that's how we roll . . " he and his vocoder purr in the former. That's as good a description for these two tracks as any . . "synchronized soul." What does that mean? I don't know, but it sounds right.

"Megazine" is getting the most notice, partially because of the video featuring the hoodie-and-LED-mask clad Shobaleader One "band." I wouldn't be surprised if "Megazine" becomes 'Pusher's best-known track ever, as it's a hurtling Daft Punk-style rave up that will have the faceless Frenchmen embarassed they ever released "Robot Rock." It's as catchy as "My Red Hot Car" without the salacious lyrics, and works equally well in the club or through headphones in your bedroom. Even thinking about this track will get your head bobbin'.

"Into the Blue" is a dreamy pop confection that reminded me instantly of Frou Frou's "Let Go." It, more than any other track here, gets more and more addictive with repeated listens.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blammmmo November 7, 2010
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[...] spends the first half of their review of this album accusing this record nothing short of plagiarizing Daft Punk's sound. I used to read Pitchfork, but after realizing 1. this record really sounds nothing like Daft Punk, despite it's copious use of vocoders and synths, and 2. This record actually is IMO pretty great, and deserving of at least a 7.5, not a 4.2 - I am reconsidering my readership of Pitchfork altogether, despite some decent music journalism here and there, I feel (in more cases then just this) they are getting too arrogant, and too sloppy. You just have to listen to work more then a few times in order to fairly review something, and you should also know enough about context not to make superficial comparisons based on some all too obvious formal similarities.

All over the internet, reviewers are giving this record poor ratings, all I can say is, they're full of beans. This album is amazing, every song is worthwhile, and as someone who's been listening to Squarepusher since the old days, I'm glad he just keeps evolving and trying new things - if not altogether new, then new directions for him. It's rare that in the long-term, he has ever put something out devoid of merit, and even his most challenging work opens up after repeated listens. I think in the internet age, people just don't give art it's due anymore. Most of this stuff is pretty catchy right out of the box, and what isn't grows on you. They're great songs, and clearly time was put into creating them.

I can't wait to hear this stuff live, I hope he tours it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good LP if you like daft punk you will like ...
Very good LP if you like daft punk you will like this album. Alot different then the other squarepusher albums.
Published 2 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars This album totally rocks!
This is a really solid album. I love that Squarepusher is constantly going in different directions, not just doing the same old drum'n'bass. He is a genius.
Published 9 months ago by Dynamic_Balance
5.0 out of 5 stars For long time fans, this is an awesome album
It's true, this album is hopelessly addictive. I've been a huge fan of Tom Jenkinson's work for, jeez, the last 15 years now. Read more
Published 23 months ago by devon rumrill
4.0 out of 5 stars A Squarepusher Rarity
Expecting a comfortable and polished pop album, void of sonic exploration, would be a mistaken approach to this album. It's strength comes from it's unique harmonic structure. Read more
Published on September 11, 2012 by pharwoody
5.0 out of 5 stars Very catchy
This isn't a Squarepusher album. It is a side project he is basically the head guy of. It sounds nothing like his Squarepusher stuff. "Shobaleader One" is the name of the "group". Read more
Published on May 23, 2011 by Lunatic Core
5.0 out of 5 stars Fearless
This is the best album of 2010 hands down. Squarepusher has pushed boundaries in more genres than any single musician since Zappa. He is fearless, and this album is dope.
Published on February 20, 2011 by bakamonster
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality yet again
Tom Jenkinson has produced another wonderful piece of music. He seems amazingly prolific and for this I'm eternally grateful. Read more
Published on January 24, 2011 by P. o'reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Catchy
When I first listened to this album I wasn't quite sure what to think. It doesn't exactly sound like what Squarepusher has done before. Read more
Published on December 9, 2010 by Tony Wisneske
5.0 out of 5 stars A good time
This is a refreshing step for Tom, I really am growing to love this album. Much in the way I at first was unsure of the direction with Hello Everything, with time and open... Read more
Published on November 12, 2010 by Jyoshua Cade
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