Boomkat Product Review:
After years messing about with his robot band, Squarepusher gets back to ye olde drill ’n bass of yore with ‘Be Up A Hello’, his most enjoyable album in decades, basically.
The jizz-fonk is still present and correct, but the junglist breaks and acid are also back in a big way, along with stacks of analogue hardware, throughout the album’s nine tracks of accelerated, hyperactive tekkers.
While the influence of jazz-fusion has always been key to Squarepusher’s work, we’re usually best impressed when he purely gives it up for the rave in proper, if mutant, ‘90s style. he does just that with the unmissable ‘Nervelevers’ and ‘Speedcrank’, which are right up there with AFX’s remix of ‘Box Energy’ and ‘Cock/ver10’ in terms of ravenous acid breakbeat with not a nanosecond spared for razor-sharp edits, while ‘Vortrack’ lends that style a deliciously darkside appeal, but ‘terminal Slam’ takes it a bit too bro-style with its Van Helan levels of noodle acid riffage, and ‘Mekrev Bass’ pulls it back from the brink with Venetian Snares-like complexity and tension. The two beat-less works - his night-glyding ‘Detroit People Mover’ and ’80 Ondula’ - are almost necessary to save you from cardiac arrest if doing it all in one sitting.