12 Songs, 1 Hour 12 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following the critical and commercial success of Hard Normal Daddy, Warp Records bought the rights to Squarepusher’s early recordings, released in 1995 on the British indie label Spymania. To sweeten the deal, Tom Jenkinson threw in three unreleased outtakes, each titled “Unreleased.” While the inclusion of early songs is intended to show the evolution of Jenkinson’s sound, many of them are unexpectedly fresh. Sometimes they even present a sort of reverse evolution, where his old stuff sounds more advanced than his newer work. The predominant musical theme in these early tracks is jazz, which Jenkinson would return to in the following years. “Central Line” and “Sarcacid, Pt. 1” not only confirm his virtuosic jazz chops but also prove his ability to integrate the styles of electric-era Miles Davis and Jaco Pastorius into a modern context without sounding cheap or corny. “Toast for Hardy” and “Eviscerate Version” pay tribute to dub, an overarching but perpetually overlooked influence on modern techno music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following the critical and commercial success of Hard Normal Daddy, Warp Records bought the rights to Squarepusher’s early recordings, released in 1995 on the British indie label Spymania. To sweeten the deal, Tom Jenkinson threw in three unreleased outtakes, each titled “Unreleased.” While the inclusion of early songs is intended to show the evolution of Jenkinson’s sound, many of them are unexpectedly fresh. Sometimes they even present a sort of reverse evolution, where his old stuff sounds more advanced than his newer work. The predominant musical theme in these early tracks is jazz, which Jenkinson would return to in the following years. “Central Line” and “Sarcacid, Pt. 1” not only confirm his virtuosic jazz chops but also prove his ability to integrate the styles of electric-era Miles Davis and Jaco Pastorius into a modern context without sounding cheap or corny. “Toast for Hardy” and “Eviscerate Version” pay tribute to dub, an overarching but perpetually overlooked influence on modern techno music.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Forever Game ,

Fun Album

I really enjoy this album. It isn't a lot like Squarepusher's other albums, and some see this as a bad thing, but I think it's a lot of fun. There are a lot of creative drum beats and low bass hums that sort of float you along each track, and although it gets a bit repetative, there is a unique quality to each song, and because of Squarepusher's attention to detial, you never know when the song is going to break out with a snare rush or complete change in mood. It's a fun listen.

jakehawken ,

A Phenomenal Study in Breakbeat and Drum&Bass

Tom Jenkinson is the master of textures and sample manipulation. Honestly, if the world had to elect a resident expert on the Amen Break, it would be no contest.
By far the most mind-blowing, and consequently my favorite, track is "Male Pill, Pt. 5." I can't tell you how amazing it is. Others worthy of note are "Conumber," "Nux Vomica" and "Unreleased (Track 9)."
For anyone who is a fan of electronic music, especially fans of breakbeat and drum&bass.

FoiledAgain! ,

first

Unreleased is a suprising track here. Both versions are classic and totally unrelated.

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