IDM (2)IDM | hipsterwave - Part 2

216354796 1bc8249cac o 1024x768 Squarepusher: Top 10 of All Time and More

Squarepusher, or Tom Jenkinson, is an British electronic music artist signed to Warp Records. He writes experimental electronic music, drawing a lot of influence from drum and bass and jazz. Jenkinson was born in Chelmsford, Essex in 1975 and studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design. At shows, Jenkinson often uses a fretted bass guitar, a laptop, and various other hardware. He has appeared twice on BBC Radio 1′s The Breezeblock show.

79468822 1c9e9b4a71 o Squarepusher: Top 10 of All Time and More

Squarepusher sequenced his pre-2000 work on a BOSS DR-660 drum machine. He uses hardware for his electronic music such as Akai samplers, (S950 for early work, S6000 for later work), a Roland SH-101 synthesizer, a Roland TB-303 bassline synthesizer, and a reel-to-reel tape machine. Around the year 2000, Squarepusher bought a computer with Reaktor and an Eventide Orville for digital processing. According to a list of gear from the official website, Squarepusher owns the following:

“Bass guitars: Music Man / Rickenbacker 4001 / Custom built 6 string.
Guitars: Classical and Baritone classical / custom electric guitar.
Software: Reaktor custom algorithms.
Electronic Hardware: Eventide “Orville” + “DSP4000″ using only homemade algorithms/ Yamaha sequencer / 16 track tape machine / MackieDesk / Sine wave generator / Roland SH101 / Octave “Cat” synth / AKG414 mics / Home made + AKG analogue reverb units / DAT recorder.
Percussion: Ludwig drum kit / Balinese percussion / xylophone.
Other: some wires, mains leads, a room to put it all in, cooperative neighbors, etc. ”

He has been known to play Fender, Ernie Ball, and Warwick basses.

79468768 5c763486db o Squarepusher: Top 10 of All Time and More

Squarepusher is known for using the Amen break in his most famous songs.

He is currently performing live with drummer Alex Thomas.

Albums:

Feed Me Weird Things (June 3, 1996)

Hard Normal Daddy (April 28, 1997) #115 UK

Burningn’n Tree (November 10, 1997)

Buzz Caner (May 25, 1998) (as Chaos A.D.)

Music Is Rotted One Note (October 12, 1998)

Budakhan Mindphone (March 1, 1999) #183 UK

Selection Sixteen (November 8, 1999)

Go Plastic (June 25, 2001) #100 UK

Do You Know Squarepusher (September 30, 2002) #192 UK

Ultravisitor (March 8, 2004) #90 UK

Hello Everything (October 16, 2006) #89 UK

Just a Souvenir (October 27, 2008)

Top Ten:

1. “Tundra:” Often referred to as the track that all boys should listen to before becoming men. It’s “Tundra.” We first heard the song in 1996, when it was released on Feed Me Weird Things. One of the greatest things about this track is the fact that you can listen to it over and over again and it never gets old the way most songs do. We’ve even heard tell of people being completely obsessed with the song, to the point of listening to it thousands of times.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

2. “Come On My Selector:” Released in 1999. Not only is this one of Squarepusher’s best songs, from one of his all-time best records (Big Loada), but it was released with a cool music video to boot. We’re fans of it. Jenkinson is actually in the video. Can you find him?

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

3. “Port Rhombus:” Like the #2 song, also from Big Loada. Jenkinson really kept it real on that record. The acoustic guitar in this has that Spanish / Latin vibe going for it. Combine that with those spacey synths and unique Amen breaks and you’re on to something interesting.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

4. “I Wish You Could Talk:” Love the name. Love the track progression. Love how many elements are combined in the track as a working whole. Great for first dates and break-ups!

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

5. “Massif (Stay Strong):” Straight from the beginning: it’s good. Distorted beats and high-pitched synths aren’t for everyone, but this is a classic for us. The only reason this falls to fifth in the ranking is because once you listen to it enough times it loses some of its freshness. Also, you should note that Squarepusher plays all of his synth melodies with a midi controller bass guitar. Meaning, it’s not a traditional guitar, but one that you can bind synthesizer sounds to. That’s just what he’s most comfortable with.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

6. “Iambic 5 Poetry:” Relax with this one. Fond of the bells and the bass.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

7. “A Journey To Reedham (7am Mix):” It’s hard to deny the 8-bit, video game feel to this. So, yeah, it brings out the inner 8-bit nerd, which we admit: not everyone has that as a part of them. However, we think that both former Nintendo lovers and anti-video game people alike can like this. There are lots of reasons for why this track wouldn’t be enjoyable for some people, but that could probably be said about Squarepusher’s music in general.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

8. “Last Ap Roach:” Stylewise, this is arguably the most different from every other song in the 10. The droning nature of this one not only creates a sort of trance state, but also has a sort of creepy vibe to it. It must be the eerie sirens sound. The irony is, though, are you really creeped out if you’re in a trance? By the way, music in the actual trance genre sucks for the fact that it’s so utterly cheesy, yet is still classifiable as electronic music. There are some genres of electronic music that give electronic music as a whole a bad name. What’s funny is that all music these days is edited and then finalized with computers. Last time we checked computers won’t work without electricity. Maybe that’s knit-picking, but there’s also lots more electronic influence in music than ever before. Take hip-hop, for instance: T-Pain and the autotuner/vocoder obsession. That’s all electronic. Did you realize T-Pain was born in 1985? That means he was 11 when “Tundra” dropped. How many 11 year olds do you know who listen to good music? Seriously.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

9. “Theme from Ernest Borgnine:” Actor Ernest Borgnine is an interesting character. We don’t know much about him, aside from the fact that he was in Airwolf. Just look at his photo below as you listen to this song and try and figure out why Squarepusher decided this should be his theme. Just because this is #9 doesn’t mean it’s not great. It just wouldn’t be a ranking without an order. Mr. Borgnine turned 92 in January.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 Squarepusher: Top 10 of All Time and More

10. “Tommib:” Featured in the soundtrack of the movie Lost In Translation, this is our definition of short and sweet from Jenkinson. The song was released two years before the film. Why wouldn’t there be a lag in the amount of time it took a mainstream director like Sofia Coppola to discover an experimental music song? Of course, who knows who actually picked the song for the movie. Could’ve been the Music Supervisor Brian Reitzell, or any of a handful of people behind the film.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

487386244 a678803b3a o 646x1024 Squarepusher: Top 10 of All Time and More

lazerlogo Lazer Sword: Chop Chop It Up

We just discovered the awesome twosome that is Lazer Sword. Their record, “Blap To The Future Megamix,” blows anything Girl Talk has done out of the water. Of course, perhaps Lazer Sword is more comparable to The Glitch Mob, but what they’re doing with the techie style of glitch hip-hop is innovative and catchy as hell (we therefore highly recommend you listen to the mix below to hear for yourself)!

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

“Blap To The Future” is available for download here.

mixtapeback450 Lazer Sword: Chop Chop It Up
mixtapefront450 Lazer Sword: Chop Chop It Up

future blap 29 Lazer Sword: Chop Chop It Up

l 0ad697bbe10277c393ba99da1f51209a Lazer Sword: Chop Chop It Up

03050015000000549564 Lazer Sword: Chop Chop It Up

l 64406e1899464013824bdb85ee4741c2 Lunice: Locking It Down In Canada (The Lazer Sword Remixes)

So we just came across two artists that we’re pretty into. You know those moments where you hear tracks and straight from the beginning you know you’re onto something? That’s the impression we got with Lunice and Lazer Sword. More from Lazer Sword to come.

“Hood Rich [Chilly C]:”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

l ce39097cd8d84e92b2a1a7f7604d1940 Lunice: Locking It Down In Canada (The Lazer Sword Remixes)

l a93df9328e1d3c0f9117a64aac97dc3c Lunice: Locking It Down In Canada (The Lazer Sword Remixes)

“Throw Some D’s [Rich Boy]:”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

l ae8052841095dadcc6bf69c8897eacaa Lunice: Locking It Down In Canada (The Lazer Sword Remixes)

“The Boss [Rick. Ross ft. T-Pain]:”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

l e5df155a40394e9ab320a86c3c2c3415 Lunice: Locking It Down In Canada (The Lazer Sword Remixes)

“Lazers at Night [Lunice]:”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

l 7da5bef024a4a4fa84108b7a8f4fdd9f Lunice: Locking It Down In Canada (The Lazer Sword Remixes)

“Ante Up [MOP]:”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

l 60230713508ca231067dfa3168d96dc9 Lunice: Locking It Down In Canada (The Lazer Sword Remixes)

“Wamp Wamp [Clipse ft. Slim Thug]:”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

l e91b8b208ec3e322b3345b785cb543f3 Lunice: Locking It Down In Canada (The Lazer Sword Remixes)

“Pop Lazers [Birdman ft. Lil' Wayne]:”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Broadcast 21 July 1998 on BBC Radio 1. The radio broadcast contained an additional track “XYZ” which was not included with the CD release entitled “Peel Session.”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Download.

5cm6a0 Boards of Canada: XYZ (Rare Track)