12 Songs, 1 Hour 2 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Part drum 'n' bass, part jazz-fusion, Squarepusher's Warp debut sounded like little that had come before it. The breakbeats rattled so fast, they were dubbed "drill 'n' bass"; the arrangements had more twists and turns than an M.C. Escher drawing. And then there were those incredible fretless bass solos, which Squarepusher—a.k.a. producer Tom Jenkinson—performed himself. Years later, the results still sound not just blindingly original, but also wildly exhilarating—and beautiful, too, full of soothing melodies to balance out all that restless energy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Part drum 'n' bass, part jazz-fusion, Squarepusher's Warp debut sounded like little that had come before it. The breakbeats rattled so fast, they were dubbed "drill 'n' bass"; the arrangements had more twists and turns than an M.C. Escher drawing. And then there were those incredible fretless bass solos, which Squarepusher—a.k.a. producer Tom Jenkinson—performed himself. Years later, the results still sound not just blindingly original, but also wildly exhilarating—and beautiful, too, full of soothing melodies to balance out all that restless energy.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Brian Reading ,

Jazz for the Masses

Squarepusher's 'Hard Normal Daddy' album allowed me to appreciate a Jazz influenced piece of work. While normally, I'd get bored with the mid-pace of many jazz pieces, Squarepusher adds excellent Drum and Bass beats to many songs which helps to keep the mood both lively, and cool at the same time. It's a genius blend!

reslon tremain ,

almost 10 years old and still mindblowing.

hard normal daddy signaled a major shift for squarepusher when he joined the warp roster..this was his first LP for them and, apart from 'music is rotted one note', nothing else he's done can compare to it. tons of other people have tried to mix jazz and electronic music, but none have done it with the same grace and wit that oozes from this album..beep street is a bona fide classic, and e8 boogie is an epic to end all epics. listen to that bass solo! just wonderful.

gambitt ,

Squarepusher != Aphex Twin.

This album can be considered Jazz or D&B, but either way it's just a brilliant album, beginning to end. I personally recommend "Cooper's World", "Rustic Raver", "Chin Happy" or "Vic Acid".

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