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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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  • DDevilized

    sounds like steinvord 2

    14 Dec 2:29pm Reply
  • m1a100

    HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!! "The Running Man" has to be the best thing I heard this whole year.

    12 Dec 4:32pm Reply
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    12 Dec 1:14pm Reply
  • last_nickname

    Jenkinson just dropped a cat on "The Running Man".

    12 Dec 1:14pm Reply
  • gymnol7412

    *It's 02:37:20, actually

    11 Dec 3:28pm Reply
  • gymnol7412

    He made 2 glorious new tracks for Radio 1 yesterday (starts 02:36:40) -

    11 Dec 3:25pm Reply
  • mot00rzysta

    Tom please leave those robots up with Three Trapped Tigers instead. career saver for you, I think. you're welcome.

    3 Oct 10:36am Reply
  • unlogicthing

    I used Squarepusher Orient Orange in my mixtapes. maybe you'll like

    16 Sep 10:09am Reply
  • Rawkun

    pretty bad

    8 Sep 5:08am Reply
  • MilenLoktionov

    14 Jul 7:19pm Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    This stuff is as if Nujabes and Aphex Twin got mashed together. No doubt worth more attention, I knew about Squarepusher but never bothered until this morning. I've been missing out.

    16 May 11:45am Reply
  • herkyjerky

    After deleting the strangely cheesy and amateurish "World Three" from my playlist, I find the new album to be an epic and perfect blissout, a thrilling arc with the climactic "Dissolver" sounding more amazing every time. Definitely worth playing over and over with that modification.

    30 Apr 4:48pm Reply
  • GaliMaGimmo

    I like the new EP.

    17 Apr 8:03pm Reply
  • gabrieldeluxe

    great new release. romantic robot fingers having fun.

    9 Apr 10:30pm Reply
  • Merowinger110

    i like the idea of robots playing music but these tunes are totally blahhhh. and the album art is so amazing, shame. [2]

    9 Apr 11:45am Reply
  • inflikkt

    i like the idea of robots playing music but these tunes are totally blahhhh. and the album art is so amazing, shame.

    9 Apr 12:28am Reply
  • brun-o

    Squarepusher × Z-MACHINES. people should use × over x more often, I think

    8 Apr 11:29pm Reply
  • aoedit

    Just a small question; what's the correct tagging for the new 'collaboration' with Z-machines?; my download from Beatport tagged the artist for the Music for Robots EP as "Squarepusher x Z-MACHINES" (as opposed to "Squarepusher × Z-MACHINES", "Squarepusher ft. Z-MACHINES" or even "Squarepusher" - Song name (ft. Z-MACHINES) ).

    7 Apr 7:54pm Reply
  • DDevilized

    dat Dissolver tho

    7 Apr 7:22pm Reply
  • Xanthosss

    New album was pretty okay. "Sad Robot Goes Funny", "Dissolver" and "You Endless" were the only good tracks IMO. Rest were a bit too experimental for my taste.

    7 Apr 1:56am Reply
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