Squarepusher Presents Shobaleader One ‎– d'Demonstrator

Warp Records ‎– WARPCD196
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1 Plug Me In 4:49
2 Laser Rock 4:43
3 Into The Blue 4:46
4 Frisco Wave 3:45
5 Megazine 4:34
6 Abstract Lover 3:46
7 Endless Night 5:05
8 Cryptic Motion 6:13
9 Maximum Planck 6:58

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Published by Warp Music. Thanks to Alex Thomas, Matt Avery, Gilbert Roper and James Townend.
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  • Barcode (Printed): 0801061 019624
  • Barcode (Scanned): 801061019624
  • Matrix / Runout: CA WARPCD196 @@
  • Matrix / Runout: 9/7/2010 2:00:03 AM 0000633114
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LV88

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February 2, 2017
If you were to ask me to name three wonderful aspects about this album, besides the cover art, cushioned by perhaps the finest of satin, the thin slipcase, the imaginary names of the band members and the play on Max Planck, those would be the repeated cymbal hits in the great "Laser Rock", the humour, which strictly is restricted to the section three minutes and twelve seconds into "Megazine", and last but certainly not least the funky introduction in "Endless Night", which got locked in my mind and which I believe will remain there to infinite repetition. A very honourable mention shall be awarded to the adorable guitar squelch a minute and forty-two seconds into the same track. I have to admit though that I tend to skip "Into the Blue", as the vocal melody feels like a bit of a stretch in a sweet and sticky kind of sense.


August 31, 2014

If your a fan of Squarepusher you might agree that his releases after Ultravisitor haven't been all that great, Hello Everything had a few good tracks and Just a Souvenir was where it started to go wrong. This album is just plain awful, its got a slight jazz feel to it but the vocals are just drone on like some mainstream auto-tuned bullshit. Not worth the time to even listen to, he may have slightly bounced back with Ufabulum but I think its too late for Jenkinson to save his music.


September 27, 2013
One needs an open mind before diving into Shobaleader One's debut...Squarepusher doing chillout and downtempo R&B? And SINGING? Who'dve thought? But...surprisingly, it works. Now if only I can figure out what the hell 'Pusher is singing...

A worthy follow-up and a definite evolution of the sounds from "Just a Souvenir", to be sure.


May 19, 2012
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March 16, 2012
While I've been a huge fan of Mr. Jenkinson's for years, I've found myself less than enthusiastic about his last few releases. The musical ideas are still there it's just that the production has been on a downward trajectory. The mix on this is shrill and tinny. It lacks punch and the 909 sounds like its running through the cheapest digital distortion available.

I actually like some of the RnB influences on this album; Dude just needs to hire a mix engineer or someone whose ears aren't totally blown.


October 24, 2011
The vocals annoy the hell out of me, the mastering is terrible and the percussion sounds awful. An experiment gone wrong. On first listen you wonder why on earth Squarepusher would approve something so disappointing but then after weeks of reflection you realise that this album was just Shobaleader dipping their toes into a pool of ideas.

This may definitely not be Tom's best release and we can safely say that he works best as a one-man-band. However, I have great expectations for future releases and perhaps in a few years this record will be better received when Tom and his crew of metalheads actually put their minds to it and release something great. Either that or Tom now cries himself to sleep at night in the same way we assume RDJ does over drukQs.

Good ideas, bad composition.


September 11, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
One of the more unusual releases in Mr. Jenkinson's discography [and that's saying a lot (those who have listened to "Ultravisitor" and "Music is Rotted One Note" might agree)] in other ways, this is the most "conventional" record Tom has released. Let me start with the weird:

Sonically, this album sounds digital...really digital. For instance, the distortion effects that are frequently used sound like something that was applied in Sony Acid 6. This might turn some listeners off, but I think this notion was well intended by the artist...he is one of the "gods" of modern electronic music.

Some of these tracks are simply beautiful and genuine...check robecc's review of the same album...he his the nail on the head. I don't think much else needs to be iterated.

Weird and intriguing...this album fits perfectly in the warp catalog and should not be skipped over. Don't be fooled by pitchfork's review.



November 6, 2010
IMHO this record needs launching some sense of humour before hitting "play". "Do you know Squarepusher?" - if you do then you should know he likes to have a good laugh here and there. Squarepusher playing with R&B ? Mixing death metal stabs/chords with R&B/pop vibes ? ALRIGHT ! He does it so well that I have no further questions. Plus, you could look at Shobaleader as his sentimental come back to his conventional-musician-bass-playing in groups as a youth. The many listeners, the more interpretations, right. I mean, overall, personally, I wouldn't sit down and analyse this album bit by bit - I just enjoy his another output with grin on my face. I think it's whether you just "dig" it or not. The Q&A linked to at his site might help a bit understanding the project. Especially to anyone who heard the album totally unprepared and went "wtf, where's my 'come on my selector part 2' ??" "Genius" ? Yeah ! Genius on vacation, I'd say :D


November 2, 2010
edited over 7 years ago
Some of this was alright, but 3 songs specifically were terrible. Endless night, megazine, and maximum planck were pointless, poorly arranged and engineered (not that I could do better) and certainly not of the calibre I expect from a TomJ project. Into the blue, abstract lover and cryptic motion however are catchy and well arranged/produced/mastered albeit they are popish and mainstream sounding. The vocal effects remind me of 2 songs by Luke Vibert off his Rhythm album - Sparky is a Retard and Eleventy One.


November 1, 2010
edited over 5 years ago