SquarepusherHard Normal Daddy

Label:Warp Records – WARP50CD, Warp Records – WARP 50CD
CD, Album
Style:IDM, Drum n Bass


1Coopers World5:09
2Beep Street6:37
3Rustic Raver5:08
4Anirog D91:11
5Chin Hippy3:16
7E8 Boogie8:13
8Fat Controller5:38
9Vic Acid3:07
10Male Pill Part 138:38
11Rat/P's And Q's4:33

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Dedicated to the Chelmsford rave scene.

℗Warp1997. ©Warp1997.
Published by Warp Music / EMI Music.
Made In England.

Catalogue number appears on spines as:

Comes in a jewel case with a fold-out 3x2 panel 'poster' style insert (24cm x 36cm).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 5 021603 050129
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 95933 WARP50CD
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): WARP50CD
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 & 2): IFPI L042
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 7307
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): none

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Hard Normal Daddy (2×LP, Album)Warp RecordsWARP50LPUK1997
Hard Normal Daddy (Cassette, Album)Warp Records, Warp RecordsWARPMC50, WARP50MCUK1997
Hard Normal Daddy (CD, Album)Rough Trade, Warp RecordsRTD 126.3268.2Germany1997
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Hard Normal Daddy (CD, Album)Warp RecordsSRCS 8260Japan1997
Hard Normal Daddy (CD, Album, Promo)Warp RecordsWARPCD50PUK1997



  • Kromium1's avatar
    Literally his best album. Each track feels perfect where it is and there are literally no tracks which I would rate below 8/10. All bangers, incredible work. Squarepusher varies between more electronic and more jazzy work on what seems like a scale and for me this hits the perfect balance in fusion between the two styles.
    • Doorchaser's avatar
      25 today, what a benchmark!!! Love this album as a bassist ever since!
      • LachyLn's avatar
        Anyone know of a repress in the works? Surprised there hasn’t been it’s been 23 years and this is his most famous release
        • Lukaas18's avatar
          Edited 5 years ago
          I think the only issue with this album is that it feels a little outdated, but that's a good thing imo. One of my all time favourite albums.
          • lancelot323's avatar
            TJ's Warp debut...and what a debut it is. Straight from the opening Spy music that is "Coopers World" to the closing pseudo-ambience of "Rebus", this is one for the archives.

            "Beep Street" remains my favorite pusher track, even after almost 20 years(!)..."Papalon" weaves a story with no words; "E8 Boogie" definitely lives up to its name (if this track doesn't make you move...). "Male Pill 13" is beautifully melodic and skittery at the same time. "Rustic Raver", "Chin Hippie" and "Rat/P's and Q's" are suitably ravey insanity. "Vic Acid" needs no words, as it is brilliant in every way. All in all, very very few downsides to this one. 10/10
            • radiophonic72's avatar
              Edited 9 years ago
              This guy is a musical prodigy and very talented in the sense that he plays lots of instruments and does all the effects and production himself. His talents are mind boggling and you have to take your hat off to him. For me this has always been my favourite of his - I wished he would slow things down and go back to this style again. This is a very melodic and playful album. And on a side note: when is he going to team up with Ceephax and give us the electronic Bros album we've all been waiting years for?! That would be quite an interesting listen I'm sure!!
              • yotipo91's avatar
                Hard Normal Daddy wasn't a big deal to me at first. None of the albums I love are. But this turned into one of those albums I can listen to start to finish any time of day with any emotion and just feel incredible. What out there is really comparable to this release? Jenkinson covers a lot of ground, but I'd say the overall theme is playful energy. There's a lot of fast paced electronic music out there that just sounds mean, or aggressive, or just plain too silly. But these tracks here are refined and feel purposeful. The sample choices are nothing groundbreaking alone, but they blend perfectly. 5/5
                • nthome's avatar
                  did a cold-buy on this disc; i liked aphex twin's drill n bass, and figured i'd like squarepusher's too.
                  but holy shit this is better than Hangable Auto Bulb or DrukQs. made my jaw drop. simply amazing.
                  • matucana's avatar
                    The first two track are really GREAT! The rest is just nervous, shreddered beat stuff. I hear some people really like this, but not me. In any way I admire the drum programming. Technically, a good release, but too hectic for my taste.
                    • clearcut's avatar
                      Tom Jenkinson makes his d'nb approach to jazz music. Speeded up to 320 bpm, this is breathtaking, sometimes melodious, sometimes cold acid-technology. Absolutely a classic.


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