Squarepusher

Squarepusher

Real Name:
Thomas Jenkinson
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Squarepusher is the performing pseudonym of Tom Jenkinson (b. Jan 17, 1975, Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom), an English electronic music artist signed to Warp Records. He specialises in the electronic music genres of drum & bass and acid with a significant jazz influence.
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Squarepusher Discography

Albums

CAT 037 LP Squarepusher Feed Me Weird Things (Album) Rephlex, Rephlex CAT 037 LP UK 1996 Sell This Version
WARPLP 53, SPY 7 Squarepusher Burningn'n Tree (Comp, Album) Warp Records, Spymania WARPLP 53, SPY 7 UK 1997 Sell This Version
WARP50LP Squarepusher Hard Normal Daddy (Album) Warp Records, Warp Records WARP50LP UK 1997 Sell This Version
NTH-90294 Squarepusher Music Is Rotted One Note (Album) Warp Records NTH-90294 US 1998 Sell This Version
WARPCD62, 678.2062.21 Squarepusher Budakhan Mindphone (MiniAlbum) Warp Records WARPCD62, 678.2062.21 Benelux 1999 Sell This Version
WARPCD72 Squarepusher Selection Sixteen (Album) Warp Records WARPCD72 UK 1999 Sell This Version
WARPLP85 Squarepusher Go Plastic (Album) Warp Records WARPLP85 UK 2001 Sell This Version
WARPLP 97 Squarepusher Do You Know Squarepusher (Album) Warp Records WARPLP 97 UK 2002 Sell This Version
BRC-82, none Squarepusher Ultravisitor (Album) Warp Records BRC-82, none Japan 2003 Sell This Version
WARPLP148, WARPCD148X Squarepusher Hello Everything (Album) Warp Records WARPLP148, WARPCD148X UK 2006 Sell This Version
WARPLP161 Squarepusher Just A Souvenir (Album) Warp Records WARPLP161 UK 2008 Sell This Version
WARPCDD 174 Squarepusher Solo Electric Bass 1 (Album) Warp Records WARPCDD 174 UK 2009 Sell This Version
WARPCDD196 Squarepusher Presents Shobaleader One Squarepusher Presents Shobaleader One - d'Demonstrator (Album) Warp Records WARPCDD196 UK 2010 Sell This Version
WARPCD228P Squarepusher Ufabulum (Album) Warp Records WARPCD228P UK 2012 Sell This Version
none Squarepusher Damogen Furies (Album) Warp Records none Europe 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SPY 001 Squarepusher Conumber E:P (EP) Spymania SPY 001 UK 1995 Sell This Version
DOG 037 EP Squarepusher Squarepusher Plays... Rephlex DOG 037 EP UK 1996 Sell This Version
WAP 74, WAP74 Squarepusher Port Rhombus EP (EP) Warp Records WAP 74, WAP74 UK 1996 Sell This Version
WAP90CDP Squarepusher Vic Acid (EP, Single) Warp Records WAP90CDP UK 1997 Sell This Version
WAP 92CD, WAP-92CD Squarepusher Big Loada (EP) Warp Records, Warp Records WAP 92CD, WAP-92CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
XDDS 93053 Squarepusher Coopers World / Vic Acid(CD, Mini, Promo) Warp Records XDDS 93053 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
TOM1 Squarepusher Male Pill Part 13(12", S/Sided) Rephlex TOM1 UK 1997 Sell This Version
10WARPLP57P Squarepusher My Sound / Don't Go Plastic(10", Promo) Warp Records 10WARPLP57P UK 1998 Sell This Version
10 WARPLP 72 Squarepusher Anti-Greylord Protection Scheme Prelude Warp Records 10 WARPLP 72 UK 1999 Sell This Version
INTD-90997 Squarepusher Maximum Priest E.P. (EP) Warp Records INTD-90997 US 1999 Sell This Version

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PowderedHammer

PowderedHammer

January 22, 2016
http://www.factmag.com/2016/01/15/squarepusher-warp-deluxe-reissues/
Looks like Squarepusher is going to be reissuing his backcatalogue albums over the course of 2016, in deluxe editions.
dylaf

dylaf

May 14, 2015
There's a higher awareness & complete freedom of thought & expression that comes through from a few artists lurking since the 90's, artists such as Richard D james, Luke Vibert, Geskom collective e.t.c, and- Tom Jenkinson. The difference between good and excellent is a huge difference- and these guys are that difference. A true original.
TonicSoul

TonicSoul

March 30, 2015
Good artist who produced some top tunes pre 97, until NOW. What I've heard from this new LP sounds very good indeed. Damogen Furies
PowderedHammer

PowderedHammer

February 20, 2015
New Squarepusher album titled "Damogen Furies" has been announced, and it's been scheduled for a release on April 21st. A single for the album, "Rayc Fire 2", is also available for streaming through Spotify and can be downloaded through the offical Squarepusher site.
solariumcore

solariumcore

August 12, 2014
edited about 1 year ago
squarepusher is a good artist.
dj_billz

dj_billz

October 24, 2004
edited over 11 years ago
WOW! I love this stuff! This is music at a new level. I love the way he takes styles like jungle, jazz and 2step/garage and makes them into something so much different. I really like "Do You Know Squarepusher", it sends shivers all over me every time! Papalon is another amazing track. I thought I'd heard jazz but this is something else! There are so many other great tracks like Chin Hippy, Come on my Selector, Port Rhombus, Boneville Occident, ALL AMAZING! If you haven't yet experienced the marvel that is Squarepusher.....DO IT NOW! This is something else....
djinsomnia

djinsomnia

October 15, 2001
edited over 14 years ago
All enigma's aside, the musical artist that is Squarepusher is actually a guy from Chelmsford, England, named Tom Jenkinson. In the last 7 or 8 years, Jenkinson has made an enormous impact on electronic music. If you look up Squarepusher in the dictionary you will find a definition that says 'someone who likes the ladies' .... an apt description perhaps for one of electronic musics weirdest exponents.

Squarepusher is a very prolific artist ... one minute he's managing to squeeze Miles Davis-influenced jazz into drum-n-bass tracks, the next he's playing with reverb for hours, abandoning melody in favor of trippy, dubby fusion. Squarepushers first few releases were on Spymania and Rephlex. He was subsequently courted by R&S, Ninja Tune and Warp before signing on the dotted line with Warp.

Squarepusher began his career with Warp with a single entitled 'Vic Acid' single which was closely followed by the album 'Hard Normal Daddy'. Opening with 'Cooper's World' the album showed that machines could swing and that Tom could confidently take further musical risks with his arrangements. 'Chin Hippy' on the other hand threw the listener in at the deep end as an object example of technological experimentalism. Harsh, cerebral, unique. Nevertheless 'Hard Normal Daddy' wound up in end of year charts in magazines throughout the world moving 75,000 copies in the
process. Incidentally all payments made by Warp were returned by Tom's accountant as they were out of date by the time he got around to paying them in!
"Nothing is allowed time to settle and no idea outstays its welcome... it takes at least four or five listens to absorb even the basic structures of the record" was NME's comment on the follow-up 'Big Loada' release. By the time it was apparent that Squarepusher had very much mastered his art so complex, wry, and exhilarating was the mini-album. Tom describes
the musical process as "...pulling the music out of nowhere, not thinking what you are doing." "You have ideas, you get in the studio, the ideas disappear and things start to flow," he explains, "the songs then exist in space somewhere between you and the machinery. When you come out you have a souvenir of your time in this psychic space, a space where
you are intuiting everything and not even worrying about things like chords and notes."

All seven tracks occupy this other worldly space. Drum'n'bass taken to abstraction, hovering just the right side of collapse. Harnessing the raw energy rush of the original raves but, pushing structure to the absolute limits of comprehension tracks like 'Full Rise' and 'Come On My Selector' (the latter recently given twisted visual accompaniment by Chris Cunningham) are benchmark moments of modern electronic music to be appreciated as both strange and beautiful abstract compositions and incendiary dancefloor tracks for the more open minded. "The rushiest, fastest breakbeat music you could still relate to...

That still had some relation funk, but remained right at the edge where it could become a meaningless piece of twat shit music" commented Tom on the mini-album in typically succinct manner. Right at the edge is exactly the place.

Tired of London Tom moved up to Sheffield early in 1998 to mix his newly finished Music Is Rotted One Note' album. If 'Big Loada' represents Tom at the peak of his programming powers then 'Music...' is perversely both the antithesis and the next logical step. The restlessness nature of both artist and music, and his need to step ahead of the ever-growing
legion of copyists around, had led Tom to take genuine risks with this album.

All the instruments are played live, the drums forming the foundations upon which Tom has laid down all the bass and keyboard parts. There is no sequencing on this release. Dropping his trademark infinitesimal production skills in favour of these more relaxed and entirely live structures 'Music Is Rotted One Note' is, as a consequence, Squarepusher's purest musical experience to date. On his own admission the closest thing to his heart he's yet produced and yet another indication of Tom's amazing musical vision. Funky, precise, loose, yet unmistakably Squarepusher 'Music Is Rotted One Note' is born of Tom's need to stimulate, challenge, and rally against any idea we might hold that music is disposable.

In other words music to make you realise quite why music can be the most important, beautiful thing in life. Squarepusher has since gone on to release the albums 'Budakhan Mindphone' and the awesome newie 'Go Plastic' both of which have continued to challenge the industry formula ...
Mr.Jay

Mr.Jay

September 12, 2001
edited over 14 years ago
Squarepusher - nicely, son! Yeah, 'Vic Acid' delivers on the beeps, 'Big Loada' does it on the breaks and some of the later releases are a jazz fan's nightmares on wax!

It's got to be said, Tom Jenkinson never fails to deliver on some count - just when you think you know what to expect from the boy he throws the rulebook away and releases things you never thought you'd buy. Then you moan & complain at the lack of a break, put it aside and play again two weeks later and get the point. Genius!

I have everything except a promo mix of 'Mr.Kirk's Nightmare' I have heard about (yep, even the rare as rocking horse shit 'couple of hundred copies in exsistence' early singles) and will post details here very shortly.

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