“This mix, following on from Instantium Hardphace last year, is the second of a series of what I call ‘horizontal slices.’ The idea is that there are several long running ‘themes’ in my work -in other words, groups of pieces across time that partake of some kind of stylistic commonality. So whilst any given group will draw from nearly twenty years of releases, it will have an aesthetic unity that individual albums have often shunned. Of course, it’s up to the listener to make sense (or otherwise) of what that aesthetic may be!” – Tom Jenkinson, March 2013
There are numerous ways in which I’m concerned with this music that a listener just wouldn’t be. So I think that kind of assessment is really public domain. I don’t know what I can offer in that respect. I can certainly say the idea of trying to replicate something I’ve done in the past is quite offensive to me. Trying to recapture something I was doing 15 years ago, that’s certainly a long way from my intentions.
So far, I am very pleased with the new Squarepusher record. I’m also enjoying how some critics can’t get a handle on it. That means he’s doing his job properly. As the artist predicted, it is both melodic and aggressive. The grooves devolve to an almost unrecognizable digital mash, but are buoyed by the composer’s sense of melodic narrative. The destructive decoration is the point, but it is anchored to very human sounding notes.
Squarepusher on his new project:
I’ve started thinking about pure electronic music again. Something very melodic, very aggressive
Just my got my tickets to what is, so far, the only US date. Based on the taste of Ufabulum that was released today, I think it will be quite a night.
This is a longshot for me, but it may be one of those deals where you buy tickets first and ask questions later. So, it’s Webster Hall on Thursday, March 15. Yes, I’ve gotten to see Squarepusher twice, and that’s pretty special for me, blah blah blah, but this is a special artist with unique skills and a very bad attitude. I mean, he’s not even on Twitter. What the fuck, right? So every opportunity in this country is to be treasured and seized upon.
So, it’s only ten minutes. Why not just watch the whole thing? At the end you get to see graphic diagrams for his built-from-the-ground-up-rhythm-madness, and you don’t want to miss that, right?
When I first heard Squarepusher, it was 1997. I was driving alone on the BQE, having just extracted myself from an unfortunate romantic entanglement. Or perhaps I was dumped. Either way, after just a short time on the road, it was beginning to dawn on me that not continuing this particular relationship might actually improve my life. A lot. That ended up being true, of course, but at that moment I wasn’t entirely sure. To sooth myself, I scanned the New York radio dial, hoping to hear something wonderful and crazy. I did.
By the time the aptly named “Male Pill 13” had run through its 8:38, I knew my life was not going to be the same. I squinted my ears, so as not to miss the name of the artists. I may have even had to wait through another song or two. And I had nothing to write with and about 2 hours of driving left. But when I finally did find out who was responsible for that amazing, shocking sound, I didn’t forget: The Squarepushers.
Well, it’s easy to see why the DJ made that mistake. It sounds like a band, sort of,… well, a band with a coked-up, six-armed tasmanian devil on drums. Of course, I went on to learn who Tom Jenkinson was and the rest is history. I’ve even been lucky enough to see him do his magic act in person a couple times.
But now, there is a band.
Shobaleader One members:
Strobe Nazard: Keyboards
Sten t’Mech: Guitar
Arg Nution: Guitar
Company Laser: Drums
And on October 19, we will be listening to that band. I urge you to click below for a sample because it is wholly out of hand.
Looks like October 19 is the date. Could a US tour be possible?