7 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Never content to rest on the reception of his most recent outing, Tom Jenkinson quickly followed up Squarepusher's divisive Music Is Rotted One Note with the seven-song mini-album Budakhan Mindphone. It retains the murky atmosphere of its predecessor but injects it with some of the old aggression that many fans felt was missing on his jazz outing. Percussion is at the album’s forefront, whether in the hollow drips of “Splask,” the steel-barrel drums of “Iambic 5 Poetry,” or the spastic xylophone of “Gong Acid.” While the hyperactive drums of “Fly Street” and “Varkatope” should please fans of Squarepusher’s acid techno years, the album shows him adopting a steadier, more centered view of rhythm. While Squarepusher will never be relaxed—it’s not in Jenkinson's nature—“Iambic 5 Poetry” and “Splask” display an appreciation for the low-key, shuffling funk of hip-hop productions, particularly those of DJ Premier.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Never content to rest on the reception of his most recent outing, Tom Jenkinson quickly followed up Squarepusher's divisive Music Is Rotted One Note with the seven-song mini-album Budakhan Mindphone. It retains the murky atmosphere of its predecessor but injects it with some of the old aggression that many fans felt was missing on his jazz outing. Percussion is at the album’s forefront, whether in the hollow drips of “Splask,” the steel-barrel drums of “Iambic 5 Poetry,” or the spastic xylophone of “Gong Acid.” While the hyperactive drums of “Fly Street” and “Varkatope” should please fans of Squarepusher’s acid techno years, the album shows him adopting a steadier, more centered view of rhythm. While Squarepusher will never be relaxed—it’s not in Jenkinson's nature—“Iambic 5 Poetry” and “Splask” display an appreciation for the low-key, shuffling funk of hip-hop productions, particularly those of DJ Premier.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

d'mox ,

One classic Six musical sketches

Squarepusher seduces with a beautiful melodic classic, then punishes us for being so soft with a succession of sound experiments. Interesting as always but not an album that invites repeat playing.

Hello Horizon ,

Picturesque

Budakhan Mindphone is gorgeous.
This album pushes boundaries, yet retains wondrous, floating melodies that could bring tears to Bill Cosby's eyes.
This five-star album is the perfet soundtrack for many, many, many midnight drives in the city.

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