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Jazz Rock/Fusion • United Kingdom


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The son of a jazz drummer, Tom "Squarepusher" Jenkinson followed in his fathers footsteps, playing bass and drums in high school. Introduced to electronic music through experimental electro-techno artists such as LFO and Carl Craig, Jenkinson soon began assembling the rolls of disparate influence into amalgams of breakbeat techno and post-bop avant-garde and progressive jazz. A self-taught expert-level bass guitar player and drummer, his style of extremely fast, cut-up beats mixed with fusion jazz and interlaced with synth lines and samples has gained him a cult following.

Squarepusher has long distinguished himself as one of Britain's leading pop avant-gardists. Warp Records, the label that releases his work, is also home to Aphex Twin and Autechre - and along with those two acts he has played a significant role defining contemporary electronic music. Often being classified as drum and bass with a strong jazz influence star musician, Jenkinson samples his own playing for his tracks. He performs live, playing with a fretless or fretted bass guitar, a laptop, and other hardware as well.

Squarepusher, one of the acts that helped cement Warp's fame as a leading label in the field of innovative electronic music, but he has never hidden his education as a classically trained musician. Previous Squarepusher shows have regularly seen Tom Jenkinson pick up his instrument to deliver some heavy funk grounding to his completely over-the-top broken beats assualt. But up until the Hendrix tribute concert in 2006, he has always seen this as part of the Squarepusher show, as a further element to spice up the already eclectic style mix. Things took a further turn in July 2007 with Jenkinson's live collaboration with Evan Parker, extraordinary saxophonist, free jazz icon and a purveyor of group improvisation as a superior compositional technique. Their joint gig at London's "Queen Elizabeth Hall" was "an eye-opening performance and a great contrast to usual indie attitudes towards musicianship".


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Import [Generic] 2000
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  • Squarepusher at Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham on 3 May 2015
  • Squarepusher + Discipline + Amnesia Scanner at Berghain/Panorama Bar, Berlin on 7 May 2015
  • THE STAR FESTIVAL 2015 on 15 May 2015
  • Squarepusher at Yebisu The Garden Hall, ??? on 15 May 2015
  • Squarepusher on 22 May 2015
  • Movement Electronic Music Festival on 23 May 2015
  • Life Festival 2015 on 29 May 2015
  • Plisskën Festival 2015 on 5 Jun 2015
  • Sónar Barcelona 2015 on 18 Jun 2015
  • Dour Festival 2015 on 15 Jul 2015
  • Lovebox 2015 on 17 Jul 2015
  • Dekmantel Festival 2015 on 30 Jul 2015
  • Squarepusher at Den Atelier, Luxembourg on 21 Oct 2015
  • Squarepusher at Ancienne Belgique, Brussels on 22 Oct 2015
  • Squarepusher - The Biggest Ever Live Show on 24 Oct 2015

SQUAREPUSHER discography


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3.33 | 8 ratings
Feed Me Weird Things
1996
3.37 | 8 ratings
Hard Normal Daddy
1997
2.95 | 3 ratings
Music Is Rotted One Note
1998
3.00 | 3 ratings
Selection Sixteen
1999
4.00 | 4 ratings
Go Plastic
2001
4.00 | 1 ratings
Do You Know Squarepusher
2002
4.00 | 3 ratings
Ultravisitor
2004
4.64 | 5 ratings
Hello Everything
2006
3.56 | 7 ratings
Just A Souvenir
2008
3.00 | 1 ratings
Solo Electric Bass 1
2009
3.04 | 4 ratings
Shobaleader One: d'Demonstrator
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ufabulum
2012

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Burningn'n Tree
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
Warp20 (Classics²) Go Plastic / Ultravisitor
2009

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Conumber E:P
1995
3.00 | 1 ratings
Port Rhombus EP
1996
2.05 | 2 ratings
Vic Acid
1997
5.00 | 1 ratings
Big Loada
1997
2.23 | 3 ratings
Budakhan Mindphone
1999
2.00 | 1 ratings
I Am Carnal and I Know That You Approve ( with Richard Thomas)
1999
4.05 | 3 ratings
Numbers Lucent
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cryptic Motion (as Shobaleader One)
2010

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 Shobaleader One: d'Demonstrator by SQUAREPUSHER album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.04 | 4 ratings

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Shobaleader One: d'Demonstrator
Squarepusher Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by js (Easy Money)
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

3 stars Its hard to know what to expect from Tom Jenkinson (AKA Squarepusher) these days. Once the leader of the jazzy/progressive end of the drumnbass genre, Jenkinson dabbled with odd electronic pop and rock on 2008's "Just a Souviner" only to return to classic DnB on the follow up, "Numbers Lucent". On his most recent release, "Shaboleader One - D'Demonstrator", Tom returns to the electronic pop, only this time with nary a trace of his roots in jungle and drumnbass. Even to long time fans of modern electronic music, this is an odd one. Basically these are well crafted pop songs with hints of artsy 80s new wave and neo-prog rock played with purposefully plastic sounds, an 80s sounding drum machine and plenty of vocoder vocals. If you can imagine an unlikely mix of video game soundtracks, post-70s Stevie Wonder, 80s Genesis, Tears for Fears, Japanese anima, Seal and current electro-popsters Tobacco/Black Moth Super Rainbow, you might have some kind of idea what this sounds like.

You have to hand it to Jenkinson for being able to move past mash it up extreme slice and dice drum programming into actual song writing, and he proves he is actually one of the best writers out there, but the sound of this album is going to be really hard for a lot of people to get past. There is no doubt that Tom wants this music to sound very artificial in an almost kitsch sort of way; the drum machine is retro, the guitar samples sound like the earliest days of digital technology and the vocoder vocals are present on almost every tune. Although most of the music on here could be labeled as some sort of future pop, on "Cryptic Motion" Jenkinson's restless exploratory side comes through with an odd mix of plastic tech thrash metal topped with heavy gothic keyboards. Also, "Maximum Planck" is cartoony speed metal topped with string synths, a perfect soundtrack for some high speed video game for the modern attention span deficit crowd.

This is an odd one, the plastic sounds are not for everybody, but there is no doubting the excellent craftsmanship and songwriting.

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 Just A Souvenir by SQUAREPUSHER album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.56 | 7 ratings

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Just A Souvenir
Squarepusher Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by js (Easy Money)
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4 stars Although Tom Jenkinson (AKA Squarepusher) is well versed in both jazz fusion and drumnbass, by the time the year 2008 has rolled around his restless creative spirit has left behind the confines of those two genres, as well as any other genre known to man. 'Just a Souvenir' uses elements from Jenkinson's past as a jazzy drumnbassist, but also works in a plethora of other genres including disco, progressive rock, metal, computer game soundtracks, punky new wave and Japanese anima soundtracks. All of these musical styles are effortlessly woven together in songs that defy easy categorization and sound like something only Jenkinson could put together.

If there is one unifying factor to all of these songs it is this purposefully cheap and tacky overly digital production that would usually sound annoying, but works surprisingly well on this set of ultra-futuristic pop music. The drums in particular sound thin and plastic on purpose, like an 80s computer game, likewise a lot of the metal guitar work sounds like those early guitar samples that always sounded so obviously fake. All of this plastic sound is part of Jenkinson's grand design for this album and just adds to its exotic appeal. I think there is also a lot of humor at work here, especially when the cheap tacky drums start working out furiously on a thrash beat.

This is an excellent album that defies easy description and also makes a case for Mr Jenkinson as one of the most original and independent musical minds of the new century. Like Sun Ra and Les Baxter from the previous century, Squarepusher fuses elements that most would not dare to combine. If there is ever a genre called drumnbass-progmetal-exotica, this album will be the first.

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 Hello Everything by SQUAREPUSHER album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.64 | 5 ratings

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Hello Everything
Squarepusher Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by iliakis

5 stars Albums like the groundbreaking "hard normal daddy" or "feed me" are the most inovative by this unique artist but I also like a lot thiw one. There are not fast or that complex beats here but there is a more rich and deep orchestration than his previous albums. There is also a highly sence of melody and sometimes a simpler "song form" structure. Try "Hello Meow " or Welcome to Europe"(masterpiece!!!) are good examples. The other thing that i like is the great use of analog and digital synths here! I'm sure that every fan of our 70's synth heroes will like that. The problem in this cd is that there are some ....fillers, tracks that they don't develop somethig tha t good as other tunes. But tunes like Planetarium, Rotate Electrolyte ,Plotinus are GREAT! A great electronica- idm and beyond album for the adventurous minds!!

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 Just A Souvenir by SQUAREPUSHER album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.56 | 7 ratings

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Just A Souvenir
Squarepusher Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

3 stars I'm mainly familiar with the work of Tom Jenkinson(Squarepusher) from the 1990s. This album was a surprise for me. Apart from the odd song here or there, I haven't heard a full album of his since 2001. Just A Souvenir is sort of a concept album about a concert by an imaginary band. This non-existent band must love punk and metal, because there is a lot of it here.

There are a few short songs here with acoustic guitar. A couple of songs with vocoderized vocals. As usual with this guy, he plays everything and samples and manipulates his own playing. "Star Time 2" is disco-fusion. Very upbeat and accesible. Halfway through there is nice keyboards. The beats eventually drop out and there is some lovely keys. "The Coathanger" sounds like a cross between Jaco Pastorius and Daft Punk. Vocoder vocals.

"A Real Woman" is the only song that I had heard previously. This is a punk song with vocoder vocals. It has a poppy chorus. Then jazzy bass after every chorus. "Delta-V" is straight up punk metal. Halfway through it reminds me of Ruins. "Potential Govaner" sounds like its skipping at first. It stops the skipping when the jazzy guitar comes in. Jazzy bass solo. "Planet Gear" is more punk metal. This time there is some keyboards. It gets more funky and jazzy later then goes back to the punk metal part.

"Tensor In Green" is even more punk metal. Also some keyboards. After a minute there is a guitar solo. Another one after 3 minutes. "The Grass Road" is the longest, proggiest and best song on the album. Starts with vibraphone. Goes punk metal with jazzy guitar. Then hardcore punk. Then jazz metal. Then a symphonic prog style guitar. Some nice keyboards follow. Vibraphones again. Back to symph prog guitar. Hardcore punk again. Back to vibraphones. The last minute or so is just ambient sounds. What a song!

"Duotone Moonbeam" is almost trad jazz. "Quadrature" has some beautiful chords. Very accesible and catchy. Lots of synth effects throughout the song. Good live drumming too. Jazz guitar solo. Then classical guitar with classical bass dueting. Back to jazz guitar. Great song. I was pleasantly surprised with this album. Not exactly what I was expecting. Although not extremely proggy by any means, this is a great modern album. 3 stars.

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 Numbers Lucent by SQUAREPUSHER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
4.05 | 3 ratings

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Numbers Lucent
Squarepusher Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by js (Easy Money)
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

4 stars For those unawares, Squarepusher is the name of the ongoing one-man musical project performed by jazz fusion multi-instrumentalist and electronic composer/producer Tom Jenkinson. Tom has formidable skills on both bass and drums which he records and then slices and dices via computer while adding analog-style synthesizer parts. The end result is some of the freshest and most original drumnbass/jungle music I've heard since those styles first emerged in the early 90s.

There isn't anything particularly striking to catch the casual listener on here, probably a lot of people would consider this to be another typical drumnbass affair, but to a long-time fan of this genre this is the first really interesting DnB record I've heard in almost a decade. Although Jenkinson is often known for his radical drill-n-bass approach with surreal tempos and machine gun drum rolls, on the first four songs of this EP he keeps things fairly natural with mostly real drums played back at their original recorded speed. I think that is the main appeal of this album, this is some of the most human and natural sounding DnB I have ever encountered, the overall sound is like a very futuristic synth led progressive pop-jazz combo. On the last two cuts he breaks out the hyper tempos and insanely creative sampling that are often his trademark.

For some reason some of the songs on here remind me of the old synthesizer exotica rock- jazz classic Tank, by ELP. The overall pleasantly kitsch effect is similar, ..'Welcome to the Future'. Although I had expected this EP to be modern jazz fusion with DnB beats, Tom instead shoots for a pure drumnbass/jungle ascetic, but does so with far more musicality than most.

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 Feed Me Weird Things by SQUAREPUSHER album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.33 | 8 ratings

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Feed Me Weird Things
Squarepusher Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

3 stars Tom Jenkinson is the one-man-band that is Squarepusher. I was surprised to see him added to PA. But what the hell...I get to review his albums now! This was his first full-length album but he had 1 or 2 EPs before this. This was released on the Rephlex label owned by Richard D. James(aka Aphex Twin). Jenkinson actually influenced RDJ. Probably the reason the former got signed to Warp. Squarepusher pushed Aphex Twin into crazy breakbeat territory; previosly Aphex was known as one of the pioneers of ambient techno.

This was my favourite Squarepusher album. Hard Normal Daddy is usually regarded as his best. Music Is Rotted One Note is his most fusionesque album(although I admit I've haven't kept up to date with Jenkinson since about 2002). Tom is a multi-instrumentalist who samples his own playing. On this instrumental album you get both programmed and "real" drums, keyboards and bass. The bass is mostly fretless and there is a little guitar too. This will appeal to fusion lovers who are not allergic to Jungle/Drum'n'Bass. Or more correctly, this will appeal to Jungle/Drum'n'Bass lovers who don't mind jazz fusion.

"Squarepusher Theme" begins with some jazzy acoustic guitar. The rest of the song has strong bass playing, synths and breakbeats. "Tundra" is my fave here. Of all the songs on the album it sounds the most like IDM("Intelligent Dance Music"). "The Swifty" sounds like dub reggae at the beginning and end. In between there is some sampled drumming and fusion-y electric piano and bass. "Dimotane Co" and "North Circular" are the most traditional Drum'n'Bass songs here. "Smedley's Medley" starts with jazzy guitar and bass then goes into breakbeats territory. Some weird vocal noises at the end.

"Windscale 2" has a hip-hop beat played on drums before it goes all Jungle. Some spacey synths and a deep bass synth later on. Some good funky bass in this song. "Goodnight Jade" is an ambient piece with no drums or bass. "UFO's Over Leytonstone" sounds like Boards Of Canada. Generally not very proggy but this was groundbreaking stuff in the mid-90s. Some of his other albums might be a better place to start for Fusion fans. Good but not essential. 3 stars.

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 Music Is Rotted One Note by SQUAREPUSHER album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.95 | 3 ratings

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Music Is Rotted One Note
Squarepusher Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Second Squarepusher's album on Warp Records (and third at all). On previous album the musician explored jazz-fusion sound ( even if all album still was half-electronics one). There he continues his travel across jazz fusion from modern/electronic point of view.

Almost all album songs are fusion there, with many of electronic sound accessories. Drumming and bass sound are both one of main component of album's music. In many compositions you can hear jazz fusion classics spirit, but performed in the end of the century, with unusual vision and techniques. It's sometimes difficult to believe, but some compositions are full of Miles Davis spirit in them!

Interesting work! Start from "Dust Switch". Not for jazz or jazz-rock purists, though.

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 Vic Acid by SQUAREPUSHER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1997
2.05 | 2 ratings

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Vic Acid
Squarepusher Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Warp Records EP with four compositions.

"Vic Acid" song is rhythmic mix of electronic sound, drums and bass over it. Drumming and bass are both very fast and complex, as usual with Squarepusher. "Lone Raver" is even faster. Some voices and screams are added over the sound."Fat Controller" is slower, with "metallic" drumming sound and virtuoso bass line."The Barn" (last composition) is ultra-fast again, with some short oriental melody, added at the very beginning.

Generally, all work is fast, cold, electronic, and openly oriented to d'n'b club culture. Not for jazz fusion lovers.

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 I Am Carnal and I Know That You Approve ( with Richard Thomas) by SQUAREPUSHER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1999
2.00 | 1 ratings

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I Am Carnal and I Know That You Approve ( with Richard Thomas)
Squarepusher Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
2 stars Four songs Squrepusher's collaboration with Welsh composer and improviser Richard Thomas. First song is loose composition consisting mostly of some electronic noises, tin-can drums and some spoken voices. But at least it has some rhythm and minimalistic structure.

"Richard Is Dick" (extended till 2:45 !) is free-form recordings of minimalistic electronics and some drumming."I Am Carnal, And I Know That You Approve" is main EP's composition, it has some melody (minimalistic again), and even kind of singing (female/child half spoken voice).

Last composition "Slope" is mostly noise as well. Happily, all EP is very short.

I can name this work unsuccessful experiment. Better avoid.

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 Budakhan Mindphone by SQUAREPUSHER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1999
2.23 | 3 ratings

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Budakhan Mindphone
Squarepusher Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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2 stars After Squarepusher's some very interesting experimental jazz fusion based works, this EP could disappoint you. There is not too much of jazz fusion, almost nothing to be true.

It's just different music. If opener "Iambic 5 Poetry " still have some dreamy warm mid tempo melody and interesting bass sounds, other songs are mostly all just experimental electronics. Not a bad music, bad not focused enough to be attractive, too often remind a lose mix of relaxed experimental electronic sounds. Happily drumming is always there, so there are some dynamics in it."Two Bass"is just another composition rich in bass line and some fusion pulsation.

This short work is not for fusion lover. Some experimental electronics fans can find some interesting moments in strange sounds and rhythms there, but generally release for collectors mostly .

Around 2,5.

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