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, Dig) 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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iamxaml

iamxaml

January 28, 2017
referencing Ufabulum & Enstrobia, CD, Album + CD, EP + Ltd, WARPCD228X
Ufabulum? Ufabulous! Squarepusher gooood release; it's unanimous. And I heard that it makes Pikatchu's Tamagotchi uphorious, so they likey very much too!
thodi

thodi

June 23, 2016
referencing Ufabulum, CD, Album, Dig, WARPCD228
I first heard this album before its release on a Squarepusher concert. This album, from my point of view, started what I like to call the "clean" sound of Squarepusher. Although most songs are very, VERY, intense and wild the sound stays clean and nice and sweet to the ears. (I was very surprised that this is valid for both the live concert and the album itself!)
I also noticed that some songs only work on "decent" sound systems and only if you are paying 100% attention to them. When listening to "Dark Steering" on my phone on my way to work the "crazy part" didn't make any sense since my earphones weren't capable to provide the level of detail needed to understand the song entirely.

All in all: Great album for audiophiles, great album for music lovers who enjoy crazy and surprising music!
Dj_Taro

Dj_Taro

December 27, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Ufabulum, CD, Album, Dig, 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, Dig, 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, Dig, 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, Dig, 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 4 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 4 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.