Squarepusher ‎– Ufabulum

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4001 6:35
Unreal Square 5:18
Stadium Ice 4:22
Energy Wizard 3:48
Red In Blue 3:11
The Metallurgist 3:51
Drax 2 7:23
Dark Steering 6:51
303 Scopem Hard 4:56
Ecstatic Shock 5:08

Versions (8)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WARPCD228 Squarepusher Ufabulum(CD, Album) Warp Records WARPCD228 UK 2012 Sell This Version
BRC-334LTD, BRC-334, WAP336CD, BRC-334 LTD, WARPC2 Squarepusher Ufabulum & Enstrobia(CD, Album + CD, EP + , Ltd) Beat Records, Warp Records, Beat Records, Warp Records, Beat Records, Warp Records, Warp Records BRC-334LTD, BRC-334, WAP336CD, BRC-334 LTD, WARPC2 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
WARPCD228X Squarepusher Ufabulum & Enstrobia(CD, Album + CD, EP + Ltd) Warp Records WARPCD228X UK 2012 Sell This Version
WARPCD228P Squarepusher Ufabulum (CD, Album, Promo, Car) Warp Records WARPCD228P UK 2012 Sell This Version
WARPLP228X, WAP336CD Squarepusher Ufabulum / Enstrobia(2xLP, Album + CD, EP + Box, Ltd) Warp Records, Warp Records WARPLP228X, WAP336CD UK 2012 Sell This Version
WARPCDD228 Squarepusher Ufabulum(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Warp Records WARPCDD228 UK 2012
BRC-334 Squarepusher Ufabulum(CD, Album, Jew) Beat Records, Warp Records BRC-334 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
WARPCD228P Squarepusher Ufabulum(CDr, Album, Promo) Warp Records WARPCD228P UK 2012 Sell This Version

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Dj_Taro

Dj_Taro

December 27, 2015
edited about 1 month ago
referencing Ufabulum, CD, Album, WARPCD228
I love it. It's quite lovely breaky shit with nice warm synthsounds. 80's synth with modern breaks.
lancelot323

lancelot323

September 3, 2015
referencing Ufabulum, CD, Album, WARPCD228
TJ must frustrate critics to no end; this is the man that is impossible to pigeonhole in every way.

This is an album full of future drum'n'bass, squelchy acid-ravey sounds, and dubstep(yes, dubstep. Take that, Skrillex). Dark as the blackest night but bright at the same time, tracks like "4001" and "Energy Wizard" are beautifully melodic in their own twisted, mutated way. "Unreal Square" has to be a jab at all of these "Brostep" producers, but still somehow ends up in a class all by itself. The coup de grace is by far "Dark Steering", dripping with acid and a gorgeous melancholy that really makes you think. Listen to this while highway driving at your own risk. Ones for the highlights reel..."Dark Steering", "Stadium Ice", and "Ecstatic Shock".

Well worth seeking out the special edition, as the included Enstrobia EP is brilliant in its own way as well..."Angel Integer" would fit right in with these tracks; "Panic Massive" sounds like another Shobaleader One track(it rocks in its own weird way); and "4096A" is more live experimentation...
SKX

SKX

August 13, 2014
referencing Ufabulum, CD, Album, WARPCD228
In my personal opinion this album is alright, maybe a bit too futuristic sounding and a bit too serious, there's no jokey feel to it any more like with Come On My Selector or Go! Spastic. I just can't listen to any Squarepusher in the way since the Hello Everything which is probably why this album sounds worst than it should to me, however saying this there's still some good tracks, worth checking out but it's not the bounce back we've all been expecting from Jenkinson.
Numanoid

Numanoid

March 6, 2014
referencing Ufabulum, CD, Album, WARPCD228
A more fitting title for this album would possibly be Hard Normal Daddy 2. The opener "4001" contains all the elements of Squarepusher's magic, drill'n'bass, IDM, euphoric theme. He kind of lost me with Music is a rotted one note, but it's great that he still can surprise and cut it with the best so far into his career.
rharris07

rharris07

August 1, 2012
referencing Ufabulum / Enstrobia, 2xLP, Album + CD, EP + Box, Ltd, WARPLP228X, WAP336CD

I truly love this record. It has awesome melodies - beautiful sounds - strong production - and nothing is ever over done here. It is a really great balance of classic glitch IDM and modern Squarepusher sounds. He isn't standing still on this album...the music is progressing, the style is in tact while still coming across as fresh. This box set was a little pricey, but absolutely worth it.

Thank you Squarepusher for not diving into bullshit dubstep, electro-disco, or the rebirth of house music! This is one of the few electronic musicians out today that has stood the test of time, and stuck to his guns...creating what he does best, and this album is full proof.
Headphone_Commute

Headphone_Commute

June 28, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Ufabulum & Enstrobia, CD, Album + CD, EP + Ltd, WARPCD228X
I suppose Tom Jenkinson requires no introduction. Any child of electronica should be familiar with his contribution to the evolution of music since his debut, “Feed Me Weird Things” (Rephlex, 1996). And even though, Jenkinson joined the Warp family in 1997, way after Autechre and Aphex Twin, his Squarepusher sound is still one of the staple commodities of the British label, and electronic music itself. Those who somehow missed the era of Squarepusher’s Amen breaks and broken glitchy drums, need only to dig through his vast catalog to catch up. Among these, I highly recommend “Hard Normal Daddy” (1997), “Big Loada”, (1997), “Selection Sixteen” (1999), “Go Plastic” (2001), “Venus No. 17” (2004) and my personal favorite, “Do You Know Squarepusher” (2002).

I would have preferred to stay away from regurgitating Jenkinson’s vast discography, especially since I consider him an artist prominent enough for you to know, but in this case the storyline is important to revisit, to traverse his ample sonic arc. At the peak of this curve, we find Squarepusher tweaking the knobs of destructive DSP boxes and slicing up drum loops into a dizzying typhoon of collapsing beats, to what back then, as a precursor to breakcore, felt to be the most mind-warping, accelerated music I have ever heard. With an added sprinkle of AFX-like banter, as is the case with one of my all-time favorite EPs, “My Red Hot Car” (2001), Squarepusher was unstoppable and without a doubt at the top of his game.

Around 2004, for his “Ultravisor” release, Jenkinson began experimenting with live sound, layering many juxtaposed pieces with Spanish guitar and his very special fretted bass. The music began approaching future jazz territory, until in 2008, “Just A Souvenir” found Squarepusher’s sound all but unrecognizable among the leftfield, fusion, and art-rock riffs. For the latter, Jenkinson walked away from the computer monitor and performed all live takes, recording the instrumentals for entire tracks all the way through. The 2010 follow-up, in which Squarepusher introduced Shobaleader One‘s “d’Demonstrator”, left many fans confused, at times scratching their heads at the brand new chapter that Jenkinson began to write with his electro retro funk. Many walked away disheartened, leaving the album in a pile of flustered shameful dust.

I managed to stay focused, following Jenkison’s development as a musician, always challenged with self-reinvention. Throughout these incredibly unique albums, I navigated every unanticipated turn with mild fascination, marvel and awe, until all of my feelings matured into a total appreciation of his sound. Yes, after admittedly numerous listens, I fell in love with the progression of Squarepusher, eventually doubting, like many others, that he would ever relapse to his [now old-skool] electronic ways. But with the release of his fifteenth studio album, my patience finally paid off!

On “Ufabulum” Jenkins performs an acrobatic somersault, returning to his roots, while managing to fuse all of the taken detours together. The drills and breaks are back; the analog bass and digital effects are back, the synths and acid lines are back; even the titles of the tracks, like “303 Scopem Hard” all but flashback to the ‘original’ Squarepusher! Although the world’s fascination with dubstep does not appear to have deeply penetrated Squarepusher’s sound, the 16-bit arcade style lo-fi bleeps and plops comfortably settle beneath his yesteryear cutting edge sound.

Jenkins maintains his tongue-in-cheek trance stabs and dark humor IDM just above the surface of serious commitment to intelligent programming and visionary sound design. The seemingly toy-like melodies on “Unreal Square” get drowned in simplistic drum machine patterns and dehydrating saw-tooth bass, until that almost-familiar lead line draws a parallel between two worlds, builds in a snare roll and ruptures into a cut-up post-break drum’n’bass, connecting one Squarepusher to the other. It’s Squarepusher remixing Squarepusher, if you will, combining all of the invented elements of the past, with not yet discovered production of the future.
Moogman35

Moogman35

June 27, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Ufabulum & Enstrobia, CD, Album + CD, EP + Ltd, WARPCD228X
This album is very interesting. Regardless of what type of Squarepusher you fell in love with, this album WILL subvert your expectations. At least at parts. If you were the person who fell in love with SP's absolutely chaos-driven IDM craziness, then the first half will leave you wondering where it might have been placed. It's there, but not in full effect. Then, the second half comes in and completely tears it up. The first 5 tracks that have lulled the impending storm are now far behind and absolute darkness has enveloped you. In a good way. Then the album finished off in a superb blending of the two halves, the Yin and Yang, of the album. I find this is an album I will have to listen to many times to fully appreciate, as it subverted my own expectations in the first few listens. Without a doubt if you are a Squarepusher fan of any kind, this album is worth a listen.
Exoralogoistic

Exoralogoistic

June 9, 2012
referencing Ufabulum & Enstrobia, CD, Album + CD, EP + Ltd, WARPCD228X
For those of you who appreciate the "classic" Squarepusher sound, The Metallurgist is really where the meat and potatoes of this long player begins in earnest. To my ears the first five tracks are solid but since Ultravisitor I have been searching for that ideosyncratic Squarepusher sound to really get my pulse thumping. The second half of this long player really does invite you back to that sound and lets you wipe your feet on the welcome mat.

For me this is the real deal.
albinotron

albinotron

May 15, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Ufabulum / Enstrobia, 2xLP, Album + CD, EP + Box, Ltd, WARPLP228X, WAP336CD

Despite an email from Bleep saying that my record would be delivered late, I received it on May 14th, a day earlier than I anticipated as I live in the US.

I don't know if I should be writing this review as I've only listened to the album twice, but my first impressions are very positive. This album has little to none of the funky jazz bass elements of earlier Squarepusher releases (i.e. Hard Normal Daddy, Ultravisitor) that I consider my favorite work from Mr. Jenkinson. Still, I feel like this is a nice release and an enjoyable listen. After being fairly disappointed with the Shobaleader One album I'm glad that this doesn't have the vocoded vocals that seemed to ruin a lot those tracks just as they were getting good.

This album has a somewhat dark edge, obviously very intentional, but with some of the pop sensibilities that I first noticed on Hello Everything. The whole time those very recognizable Squarepusher melodies are there. I must admit, I was a bit worried when I saw the LED setup and the visor. I instantly made the Daft Punk connection and thought maybe the album would sound similar to them. I was really happy when some tracks (like The Metallurgist and Drax 2) actually were reminiscent of moments on Ultravisitor with their dark, noisy, and frantic feel.

The artwork is great, I absolutely love the packaging for the vinyl release. The Enstrobia EP included with this is a nice addition, the first two tracks being pretty catchy tunes, but the last track is weird noisy awesomeness that has to be the most interesting of the three.

I'm enjoying it so far. If anything changes I'll be sure to note it.
noziroc

noziroc

May 14, 2012
referencing Ufabulum / Enstrobia, 2xLP, Album + CD, EP + Box, Ltd, WARPLP228X, WAP336CD
As I don't really know his previous releases am not even gonna try to compare ; but a lot could be said on this one. To me it's a very nice LP , broken but often funky , glitchy , atmospheric , dark and distorted, .The glossy inner booklet has some quality pics of LED arrangement madness as well as what it will look like live as shown on the Dark Steering's music vid .The three tracks next door reflects very well the overall flavor of this conceptual album . Enstrobia is equally interesting , in the same vein . The live track is a full atmospheric soundscape .