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Chelmsford, Essex, England (1995 – present)

Squarepusher is a pseudonym of Chelmsford, Essex, England, musician Tom Jenkinson (b. 1975), best known for his experimental , with a heavy influence. A skilled bassist and multi-instrumentalist, Jenkinson’s virtuoso playing is a staple of his music and one of the more obvious affiliations with jazz (although his formal arrangements are often as jazz-derived as his playing). His bass style includes melodic fretless playing, high-speed slap bass and intricate chordal work. The project débuted with Conumber E:P (1995, Spymania) and the latest is Ufabulum (May 2012, Warp).

The son of a jazz drummer, Jenkinson grew up listening to greats such as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Art Blakey, plus pioneers King Tubby and Augustus Pablo. He played bass and drums in high school but was frustrated by the limitations of playing with other musicians. Introduced to electronic music through experimental - artists such as LFO and Carl Craig as well as the local rave scene, Jenkinson soon began assembling these disparate influences into an amalgam of post-bop, avant-garde and progressive jazz with breakbeat techno, making heavy use of the Amen break.

Conumber E:P and another early EP, as Duke Of Haringey, Alroy Road Tracks (1995, Spymania), were initially disregarded as misplaced perversions of jungle’s more obvious compositional principles. However, they found a ready audience in fans of post- experimental listening music. Tracks from these EPs were later compiled onto the album Burningn’n Tree.


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  • scomatsho

    He has ditched everything about his music I used to love. I just don't think his latest offerings are interesting to listen to at all. Well produced yes, by a very talented and capable artist yes, but I have to force myself to listen and I just don't enjoy it on any level.

    23 Jul 12:10pm Reply
  • m-saIami

    I'm sure he still has plenty of top tracks to release

    20 Jul 11:54pm Reply
  • Edgecrvsher

    I'm down with whatever direction Mr. Jenkinson goes next, seeing as it tends to end with high quality results. Damogen Furies is easily one of my favorite albums of this year. "Rayc Fire 2" is just an all out intense assault of a track, and my favorite on the album.

    20 Jul 10:54pm Reply
  • no-thanks

    I just want him to make a totally surprising thing again, like Ultravisitor.

    19 Jul 4:04am Reply
  • eastwestlost

    okay i'm taking my words about rayc fire back since i just realized that track is actually made of four samples. or even three. damn.

    18 Jun 11:54am Reply
  • diseased_racoon

    The EP 'Music for Robots' should TOTALLY get more love..

    27 May 10:22am Reply
  • Cheladas

    The heavy polka influence on latest album is awesome.

    16 May 9:45pm Reply
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  • TheWrathofThor

    I dont give this guy nearly enough album is dope

    10 May 8:16pm Reply
  • Fhool

    New album is definitely one of his best, amazing stuff.

    29 Apr 5:06pm Reply
  • Notjoeybloom

    i'm in love

    29 Apr 3:21pm Reply
  • no-thanks

    Ya know what, the more I listen to it, the more I like his cover of Just Like Heaven, not even mad at it for one second.

    25 Apr 5:42pm Reply
  • R-Mac

    I am by no means an IDM stan or anything (look through my charts, I'm a very play-it-safe indie kind of guy) but I am enjoying this new album.

    25 Apr 3:55pm Reply
  • eastwestlost

    also, music for robots is very, very neat stuff. musically, a work much more massive than computer controlled acoustic instruments which actually shares the same concept if you think about it.

    23 Apr 11:50am Reply
  • eastwestlost

    well, not "almost mono", but rayc fire would sound sooooo much better with some panning. or maybe i'm too stupid to get it. duh.

    23 Apr 10:38am Reply
  • eastwestlost

    what should i do to start liking his new synths and almost mono production?

    23 Apr 10:02am Reply
  • kyberlord

    Stor Eiglass == Just Like Heaven of The Cure.

    23 Apr 7:36am Reply
  • mot00rzysta

    album is damn fine if you leave out just like heaven [2]

    18 Apr 10:38pm Reply
  • TheDarthsala

    New album review:

    18 Apr 4:05pm Reply
  • FamilyFodder

    "boring noise." LOL. [2]

    16 Apr 7:52pm Reply
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