Squarepusher [Special]

Squarepusher [Special]

Tom "Squarepusher" Jenkinson makes manic, schizoid experimental drum'n'bass with a heavy progressive jazz influence and a lean toward pushing the clichés of the genre out the proverbial window.

Rising from near-total obscurity to drum'n'bass cause célèbre in the space of a couple of months, Jenkinson released only a pair of EPs and a DJ Food remix for the latter's Refried Food series before securing EP and LP release plans with three different labels. His first full-length work, Feed Me Weird Things (on Richard "Aphex Twin" James' Rephlex label), was a dizzying, quixotic blend of superfast jungle breaks with Aphex-style synth textures, goofy, offbeat melodies, and instrumental arrangments (Jenkinson samples his own playing for his tracks) that recall vaguely jazz fusion pioneers such as Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report. A skilled bassist and multi-instrumentalist, Jenkinson's fretless accompaniment is a staple of his music and one of the more obvious affiliations with jazz (although his formal arrangements are often as jazz-derived as his playing).

Jenkinson grew up listening to jazz and dub greats like Miles Davis, Augustus Pablo, Charlie Parker, and Art Blakey. The son of a jazz drummer, Jenkinson followed in his father's 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. Claiming a closer affinity with jazz than jungle (although he draws from both equally in his music), Jenkinson's EPs as Squarepusher and the Duke of Harringay (Jenkinson moved to Harringay from his Chelmsford birthplace) were initially disregarded as misplaced perversions of jungle's more obvious compositional principles, but found ready audience in fans of post-acid house experimental listening music. He inked a deal with Warp in 1995, releasing the Port Rhombus EP and three others through a variety of different labels. His full-length debut, Feed Me Weird Things, appeared in 1996, followed a year later by Hard Normal Daddy.

Critical acclaim for Jenkinson's work peaked with 1998's Music Is Rotted One Note, for which he became a one-man fusion group -- multi-tracking himself playing drums, bass, and keyboards. The following year, he released two EPs (Budakhan Mindphone, Maximum Priest) and another full LP, Selection Sixteen. Go Plastic appeared in summer 2001, featuring the closest thing to a hit Squarepusher had ever seen, with the single "My Red Hot Car." Subsequent releases such as 2003's Do You Know Squarepusher and 2004's Ultravisitor found him refining his fusion of composition, programming, and musicianship, characteristics that were also heard on 2006's Hello Everything and 2008's Just a Souvenir.

Tom Jenkinson is also known as Chaos A.D.

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Squarepusher - Feed Me Weird Things (1996)
Squarepusher - Hard Normal Daddy (1997)
Squarepusher - Burningn'n Tree (1997)
Squarepusher - Buzz Caner (1998) (as Chaos A.D.)
Squarepusher - Music Is Rotted One Note (1998)
Squarepusher - Budakhan Mindphone (1999)
Squarepusher - Selection Sixteen (1999)
Squarepusher - Go Plastic (2001)
Squarepusher - Do You Know Squarepusher + Alive In Japan (2002)
Squarepusher - Ultravisitor (2004)
Squarepusher - Hello Everything (2006)
Squarepusher - Just a Souvenir (2008)

EPs, singles and promos
Squarepusher - Stereotype (1994)
Squarepusher - Crot (1994)
Squarepusher - Conumber (1995)
Squarepusher - Alroy Road Tracks Ft. The Duke Of Herringay (1995)
Squarepusher - Squarepusher Plays (1996)
Squarepusher - Port Rhombus (1996)
Squarepusher - Dragon Disk 2 (1996)
Squarepusher - Bubble and Squeak (1996)
Squarepusher - Vic Acid (1997)
Squarepusher - Big Loada (1997)
Squarepusher - Maximum Priest (1999)
Squarepusher - Anti-Greylord Protection Scheme Prelude (1999)
Squarepusher - My Red Hot Car (2001)
Squarepusher - Venus No.17 (2004)
Squarepusher - Squarewindow Promo (2004)
Squarepusher - Vacuum Tracks (2006)
Squarepusher - Hanningfield Window (2006)
Squarepusher - Exciton (2006)
Squarepusher - Numbers Lucent (2009)

Squarepusher - I Am Carnal, And I Know That You Approve
Squarepusher - Diof (Cylob vs. Squarepusher)
Squarepusher - Antiwarlordprotectionprelude