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Squarepusher
Do You Know Squarepusher
Warp Records

First appeared in the Willamette Week, October, 2002

You gotta feel sorry for all the teachers, headmasters and other people in a position of authority over Tom Jenkinson in the past. He must have been the most spastic, hyperactive kid ever, if the unholy squalls of schizoid sound and manic beats that he has unleashed as Squarepusher are any indication.

Do You Know Squarepusher finds Jenkinson continuing his return to drill ‘n bass—and away from jazz fusion—that he started on last year’s Go Plastic. From the killer pop hook of the title track to the percolating glitch funk of “Kill Robok,” to the ten-minute electronic noise jam of “Mutilation Colony,” this is classic Squarepusher all the way. The surprise of the record is a strangely straightforward cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” complete with shy (!?), quavering vocals from Jenkinson.

The other surprise of the record is how short it is: 32:10... more of an EP than a new album, really. However, a second disc, recorded live in Japan, offsets this brevity. Portlanders might consider this something of a consolation prize after Jenkinson cancelled his show here last summer. On the other hand, we can see what we missed: a totally insane Jenkinson screaming at his audience to “make some noise” and then pulverizing them with his own.

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