Squarepusher, Plaid


09/10/2020 - 09/10/2020

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Tom "Squarepusher" Jenkinson makes manic, schizoid, experimental drum'n'bass with a heavy progressive jazz influence and a lean toward pushing the clichés of the genre out the proverbial window. Rising from near-total obscurity to drum'n'bass cause célèbre in the space of a couple of months, Jenkinson released only a pair of EPs and a DJ Food remix for the latter's Refried Food series before securing EP and LP release plans with three different labels.

His first full-length work, Feed Me Weird Things (on Richard "Aphex Twin" James' Rephlex label), was a dizzying, quixotic blend of super-fast jungle breaks with Aphex-style synth textures, goofy, offbeat melodies, and instrumental arrangements (he samples his own playing for his tracks) that vaguely recall jazz fusion pioneers such as Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report. A skilled bassist and multi-instrumentalist, Jenkinson's fretless accompaniment 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). ~ Sean Cooper & John Bush, Rovi

Forging ever bolder and emotive paths through electronic music, Plaid are set to release their 10th studio album ‘Polymer’ on June 7th via Warp Records. The album’s 13 tracks cover energetic bangers, bright melodic visceral rhythms and hypnotic wombic textures to create perhaps their most cohesive, direct album to date.

Blanck Mass :
As Blanck Mass, Benjamin John Power takes the anthemic melodies and heroic doses of noise he pioneered with Fuck Buttons in directions that are sometimes more immediate but always thought-provoking. Though he introduced the project with the amorphous drones of 2011's self-titled album, it was with 2015's Dumb Flesh that he defined Blanck Mass' approach: heavy beats that flirted with danceability, chopped-up vocal samples, and an overriding concept (in this case, mortality and decay) that held together his music's rapid twists and turns. Whether railing against political injustice on 2017's World Eater or exploring the connection between grief and consumerism on 2019's Animated Violence Mild, Power's work as Blanck Mass is, above all, musically and emotionally intense.

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