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Part drum 'n' bass, part jazz-fusion, Squarepusher's Warp debut sounded like little that had come before it. The breakbeats rattled so fast, they were dubbed "drill 'n' bass"; the arrangements had more twists and turns than an M.C. Escher drawing. And then there were those incredible fretless bass solos, which Squarepusher—a.k.a. producer Tom Jenkinson—performed himself. Years later, the results still sound not just blindingly original, but also wildly exhilarating—and beautiful, too, full of soothing melodies to balance out all that restless energy.


Born: 17 January 1975 in Chelmsford, Essex, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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