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The first single off Go Plastic is "My Red Hot Car," a mutant two-stepping pop song. I think "I'm gonna fuck you in my red hot car" is how the hummable chorus goes, then it gets all pleasantly jungle. With the single out of the way, it's time for Jenkinson to get shit-faced drunk enough to forget all the jazz and pop nonsense, hop in that hot car and go roaring at 180 BPM in reverse through a demolition derby of dubby murk, buckling rhythms and oil-slick-rainbow melodies.
It's a mix of contemporary hardcore and vintage Squarepusher where he never lets things settle, scrabbling away with sublime ("The Exploding Psychology"'s G-funk whine) and obnoxious (the static scream of "Greenways Trajectory") results. "Remember who's the fucking daddy," says a voice on "My Fucking Sound"; a mental note that this sludge-pit of fast, ragged, round rhythm, shit and noise (call it jazz, drum & bass or hardcore) is forever Jenkinson's territory.
Daniel Chamberlin -- From URB Magazine
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Squarepusher often utilizes effects and modulates the sounds he uses as much as the notes themselves as an output for his musical genious (with just as much spontenaity, intelligence, and creativity), taking his art to the next level. Even though I'm playing this album for the 30th-40th time, I still hear something new with every listen. He really takes advantage of the electronic music production environment and crafts his work to perfection.
A few of the tracks don't stand incredibly well on their own (this is no pop album), but they fit beautifully into the whole of the work. This is truly an album - when I listen to it I listen from beginning to end (with the exception of My Red Hot Car, which is a good way to introduce friends to the crazy world of Squarepusher).
If you like Squarepusher for his jungle-jazz side, this is the epitome of his greatest work - the fusion of his earlier head-nodding hardcore and drum-n-bass with his later adventures in spaced-out-acid-jazz and avant-garde synthesizerings. It is hard for me to write a review of this man's work with out using a bunch of hyphenated or made-up words, because there is no genre - no generic name - for the music. It is Squarepusher.
The real question is: Is this album a return to form? Personally, I really liked the Big Loada/Hard Normal Daddy-era Squarepusher, when his music was drill 'n' bass with an almost insane amount of melodic and rhythmic structure. After releasing Music Is Rotted One Note, an ode to jazz fusion that was certainly interesting but was not too much like anything he'd done before, many (including myself) worried that the heavily electronic days of Squarepusher were over. This isn't to say that Music Is Rotted One Note is a bad album; it is a good, if somewhat navel-gazing, album. However, as an electronic musician Jenkinson has definitely pushed the boundaries of idm/drum 'n' bass/or whatever label you'd like to slap on what he does so uniquely. His most recent release, an e.p. called Selection Sixteen, was (to my taste, at least) highly disappointing, so the question became: What will the next Squarepusher album be like? I don't think it's overstating the case to say that this is one of the most anticipated albums of the year.
So: is it a return to form? I would say yes and no.Read more ›
Quality control went out the window with some of his more recent EPs, with the exception of the genuinely interesting "Music is Rotted One Note" release. And now, after a long hiatus (a welcomed one, to be sure), he has returned with "Go Plastic," easily his most accomplished work to date.
The tracks here not only reprise all areas of his backcatalogue (including some of the more caustic moments of Chaos AD) but also manage to combine them with a lot of the newer, crazier electronics of artists like Richard Devine and Otto von Schirach on the Schematic label. However, it is Jenkinsons's prowess as a musician that propels his tracks into a whole different zone from any of what else is happening in electronic music. "Greenways Trajectory," "My F*cking Sound" and "Boneville Occident" are amazing in their construction, not just in programming and technique, but in overall songwriting form; they take you on a full-blown journey.
After sitting through "Go Plastic," most likely you'll be glad it's over... and even need a few moments to recover! And then turn it on all over again.
If you're looking for easily listened, accessible music, you should probably warm up with something else, such as "Feed Me Weird Things" or better yet, "Burningn'n Tree." On "Go Plastic," Tom Jenkinson turns beats upside down, inside out and backwards in a fearlessly original sonic attack. There is nothing even remotely organic about this album.
The opening track, "My Red Hot Car," is simultaneously one of the catchiest and one of the most abrasive tracks of electronica ever recorded. I'm not even going to try to make an accurate description of it. Fortunately, Warp Records released it on MP3 a couple months ago, so you should be able to find it somewhere on the net. Listen to it. If you loved the "girl mix" of "My Red Hot Car" from the single however, this album might not be for you. The stops and starts, the jerky, remorseless breakbeats of the "boy mix" are what define "Go Plastic."
If I knew of any other albums similar to this one, I would compare them here, but I don't. I wish I did. Definitely not for everyone, but if you enjoy experimental drill 'n bass, this album has a fair chance of turning out to be a favorite.
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square pusher is one those artist that creates music , theres a diference with the people that label themselves as artits without knowing the real meaning of the word and in the... Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by frank I.
On the other side of Jenkinson's informed jazzy constructs and clean drill-and-bass melodies are these largely atonal metallic freakouts, doubtlessly bordering on... Read more
I pretty much think it's tom's best one yet, My Red Hot Car is the best song i ever heard. This is worth the money.Published on May 21, 2008 by Judith Rich
First album of his that I got. I don't really know what to say. You'll either love his style or hate it, no in between. If you're into pop/dance, don't even waste your time. Read morePublished on January 7, 2007 by Pete
. . . this album most certainly does the trick. This is elecronica taken to a hyperkinetic extreme. Bizarre, complicated time signatures are thrown at the listener in the form of... Read morePublished on February 13, 2006 by Rich Latta
To truly appreciate this album, you have to realize what's really going on in between all the beats. 'ardcore heads may be able to understand it a bit better than others. Read morePublished on June 28, 2005 by David Yates
The bonus track is a secret end track on the Go Plastic single. The thing is- you have to Fast Forward for 15min of blank space, so if you don't like to wait for your cookies then... Read morePublished on January 2, 2005 by J. Bewley
'Go Plastic' is, in my opinion, one of the best albums of all time. If you've heard 'My Red Hot Car', and want the rest of the album to sound like it, i suggest you buy an N*Sync... Read morePublished on March 7, 2004 by caleb