15 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While many fans of Tom Jenkinson's drum and bass–oriented work decried Music Is Rotted One Note as an extreme and possibly even contrarian departure, the strands of jazz ideology that propel the album had always been deeply integrated in Squarepusher's compositions. With Music Is Rotted One Note Jenkinson finally admitted to himself the inherent limitations of techno percussion, instead embracing airy, circular rhythms. The overarching influence here is Miles Davis. While Jenkinson had previously shown an obsession with the antsy rhythms of Davis’ On the Corner, here he turns to the washes of Fender Rhodes keyboard that defined In a Silent Way. “Dust Switch,” “Don’t Go Plastic,” and “Theme from Vertical Hold” aren’t defined song structures; instead they feel like inquisitive rambles, in which the warmth and mysteriousness of the sound are crucial factors. A little abstraction suited Squarepusher’s style, but Music Is Rotted One Note also contains one of his simplest, prettiest pieces: “My Sound” is dry and mournful, with a beat that betrays a burgeoning interest in hip-hop production.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While many fans of Tom Jenkinson's drum and bass–oriented work decried Music Is Rotted One Note as an extreme and possibly even contrarian departure, the strands of jazz ideology that propel the album had always been deeply integrated in Squarepusher's compositions. With Music Is Rotted One Note Jenkinson finally admitted to himself the inherent limitations of techno percussion, instead embracing airy, circular rhythms. The overarching influence here is Miles Davis. While Jenkinson had previously shown an obsession with the antsy rhythms of Davis’ On the Corner, here he turns to the washes of Fender Rhodes keyboard that defined In a Silent Way. “Dust Switch,” “Don’t Go Plastic,” and “Theme from Vertical Hold” aren’t defined song structures; instead they feel like inquisitive rambles, in which the warmth and mysteriousness of the sound are crucial factors. A little abstraction suited Squarepusher’s style, but Music Is Rotted One Note also contains one of his simplest, prettiest pieces: “My Sound” is dry and mournful, with a beat that betrays a burgeoning interest in hip-hop production.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

adfresh ,

sax on the beach

Why only one review? This album is a masterpiece. Please pay respect to the man and purchase this.

Forever Game ,

A Different Side of Squarepusher

The Album Review is very helpful, maybe that's why this album hasn't had any other comments. But, to put it in my own words, this is another side of Squarepusher, just like Aphex Twin has many sides. If you're not partial to Jazz, I wouldn't get this. Just playing the samples gives you a good taste. If what you hear is just TOO out there for you. This isn't the Squarepusher album for you. If you are a hardcore fan of Squarepusher...then what are you waiting for?! Get it! Geez...what kind of fan are you?!

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