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I would have preferred to stay away from regurgitating Jenkinson's vast discography, especially since I consider him an artist prominent enough for you to know, but in this case the storyline is important to revisit, to traverse his ample sonic arc. At the peak of this curve, we find Squarepusher tweaking the knobs of destructive DSP boxes and slicing up drum loops into a dizzying typhoon of collapsing beats, to what back then, as a precursor to breakcore, felt to be the most mind-warping, accelerated music I have ever heard. With an added sprinkle of AFX-like banter, as is the case with one of my all-time favorite EPs, "My Red Hot Car" (2001), Squarepusher was unstoppable and without a doubt at the top of his game.
Around 2004, for his "Ultravisor" release, Jenkinson began experimenting with live sound, layering many juxtaposed pieces with Spanish guitar and his very special fretted bass.Read more ›
For starters, I am and have been a huge fan of Squarepusher for a little under a decade. I'm not going to make a mindless blanket statement about how all of Tom's work blows my mind; I could do without "Music is Rotted One Note" and a lion's share of "Selection Sixteen". With that said, every album Square releases is exceptionally different from all of his other albums. He has the uncanny ability to draw from/combine/concentrate on so many genres of music. Each time I catch wind of a new SP album, I truthfully have no idea what the f*** to expect.
Ufabulum is an exceptional album, front to cover. It houses 10 solid tracks that all have a common sound palate, without recycling the same exact synths and samples. Each song (with the exception of the airy track "Red In Blue") is exceptionally versatile and smoothly transitions through a number of different electronic music genres, with a Squarepusher twist... obviously. The most prominently featured styles include: ambient, down-tempo, and drum+bass. A nice portion of the synths have this fuzzy tone that gives me this warm feeling like I've had one glass of wine too many. Unfbulum includes (as expected) some really neat MIDI-bass work and the percussive layer(s) have obviously been sequenced by a master. I recommend this album to all Squarepusher fans as this has already become one of my favorite works in his portfolio. I also recommend this album to any fan of electronic music. Skrillex is fine and all; but shouldn't be treated as a best-in-class artist.
Immediately, the album kicks off with the atmospheric yet constantly moving track "4001". It features some of the catchiest drums I've ever heard, ever. They sound very sporadic, yet controlled. The way the music flows with the drums as it approaches is stunning, and the sounds themselves are very emotional and atmospheric, seeming to place me on a huge docking bay of some distant planet that only Squarepusher has visited. The second track, "Unreal Square" is also a gem. It mixes sounds characteristic of Dubstep (bass and all) and turns them into something truly unique. I'm the kind of guy who usually runs in disgust at the sound of Dubstep, but this track is really something special. It flows seamlessly from the more-catchy-than-I-thought-was-possible "main melody" into a rather beautiful and peaceful (possibly even a little sad sounding) section, and then blends the two elements later on in the track. Towards the end, the drums speed up and elements of Dubstep, drum-n'-bass, and even ambient are all mixed together and it sounds great the whole time. This is truly some innovative stuff going on here.
I won't go into too much detail about the rest of the tracks, because I want the early audience to experience it for themselves and form their own interpretations, but I thought the whole thing was a classic worthy of being called a masterpiece. There are some moments where he uses ambient breakdowns to connect parts of songs that don't sound at all ambient... And it works. My favorite Squarepusher release so far.
Also, I feel like I should briefly mention the track "Dark Steering" which gained some attention on YouTube not too long ago.Read more ›
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Squarepusher is my work alarm. So every morning I am kicked awake by beautiful noise.Published 10 months ago by Occams
Just an amazing album, absolutely lovely sound great sound quality etc. Highly recommend.Published 21 months ago by Muero
You've heard of a guy named Richard James right? Well if not look it up. He released one of the most groundbreaking jungle albums of the 90s. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Terrence R. Daniels
As memorable as some of the songs are on this album,(Dark Steering, Unreal Square)" it is the production and sheer intricacy of Tom Jenkinson's compositions that will keep you... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by XhNAW
Seriously, when was the last time you heard an electronic album like this? The song structure is insane and utterly unique. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by discombob
THE BEST ELECTRONIC ALBUM BY SQUAREPUSHER HANDS DOWN. CHEXK OUT THE REMIXED SESSIONS- WHICH IS A MUST HAVE COMPANION ALBUM TO THIS.....Published on December 27, 2012 by Robert Strecker
First heard about Squarepusher at Moogfest 2012. Missed his set but watched some of his youtube vids on the long trip home from Asheville NC. Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by mrpeter58
good for ppl who have an odd taste in music!
they did a good job with the electronics...nothing like the "club hits" or trance beats.