Boomkat Product Review:
Depending on your tolerance for advanced electronic boogie jazz, Squarepusher's last album 'd'Demonstrator' as Shobaleader One was either the epitome of cool or unlistenably indulgent. Returning two years later as plain old Squarepusher, Tom Jenkinson presents what might well be his most popular side since 'Ultravisitor', focussing on a "big room"- friendly fusion of almost Trance-y hooks and dance-able machine funk, what he terms "…pure electronic music… Something very melodic, very aggressive." It's almost as though he's been listening to Rustie's nostalgic hyper-theatrics and thought, "well, if that's what the kids want…" and thankfully the result is some of his most accessible, lucid, and (relatively) simple output to date. Taking opener '4001' as a statement of intent - lean, dry and body-compatible hyperfunk with escalating trance chords - the rest of the album follows suit with uniformly enjoyable moments like the ecstatic roll of 'Stadium Ice', and the joyful swing of 'Energy Wizard' or 'Drax 2's interdimensional wormhole groove. There are also classic moments of acid contortionism on 'Dark Steeling' and '303 Scopem Hard' and the deceptively simple beauty of 'Red In Blue' which will all remind you exactly why you loved this guy for so long.