10 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a lengthy detour into the world of lo-fi jazz, Squarepusher's Tom Jenkinson renewed his enthusiasm for techno music with 2001’s Go Plastic. At a time when drum and bass was becoming utterly passé, Jenkinson made what could be considered the first drum and bass revival album. This brand of manic techno music is obviously where he feels most at home, and his sojourn into other musical territories clearly left him with a renewed sense of purpose. “My Red Hot Car,” “Boneville Occident," and “Plaistow Flex Out” are more concise and patient than anything he's done before, while they retain the ornery sound experiments that have always kept Squarepusher weird. Aphex Twin was the artist who taught Jenkinson how to underscore his tracks with a layer of poignancy, and this quality is perfected on “Tommib.” The heart of Go Plastic lies with the skittering drum programming of “I Wish You Could Talk” and the aptly titled “My F*****g Sound,” both of which show Squarepusher at an apex of frenzied beauty.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a lengthy detour into the world of lo-fi jazz, Squarepusher's Tom Jenkinson renewed his enthusiasm for techno music with 2001’s Go Plastic. At a time when drum and bass was becoming utterly passé, Jenkinson made what could be considered the first drum and bass revival album. This brand of manic techno music is obviously where he feels most at home, and his sojourn into other musical territories clearly left him with a renewed sense of purpose. “My Red Hot Car,” “Boneville Occident," and “Plaistow Flex Out” are more concise and patient than anything he's done before, while they retain the ornery sound experiments that have always kept Squarepusher weird. Aphex Twin was the artist who taught Jenkinson how to underscore his tracks with a layer of poignancy, and this quality is perfected on “Tommib.” The heart of Go Plastic lies with the skittering drum programming of “I Wish You Could Talk” and the aptly titled “My F*****g Sound,” both of which show Squarepusher at an apex of frenzied beauty.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

CodeyS. ,

Keep on pushin

Just the right mix of intellect and, you know, words for nether-region body parts I can’t write here.

csbrown81 ,

Mindbending

Tom "Squarepusher" Jenkinson is one of the best producers I've ever heard, and this album is a scorcher. There is none of his jazz experimentations to be heard on this, it consists exclusively of mind-bending, hallucinatory, hyper-speed drill 'n bass madness. I have LOTS of his records, and this actually might be the most extreme. Within that framework, however, there is much variation - from the near pop of "My Red Hot Car", to the incindiary and frantic breakbeats of "Go! Spastic" to the extremely experimental breaks of "Exploding Psychology" and "Greenways Trajectory". He even throws in some ambient with "Tommib". Listening to this album on the headphones with your eyes closed is like a breakbeat acid trip, that will take your mind apart into a million parts and rearrange them constantly for an hour into different patterns, with light-speed precision.

If you're looking for something danceable, this might be a bit much. But, if you appreciate music as art, and good electronica, especially artists like Aphex, Autechre, and the like, this will be like a bag full of candy.

Mad_Habits ,

Defies explanation

This is my favorite record of all time. Squarepusher pushes electronic music to the limits and raises the bar so high that, 9 years later, no one has ever yet come close. The amount of micro-editing, the attention the detail, the absolute refusal to compromise has all gone into creating what I feel like is the absolute perfect electronic record. Yes, it's frenetic, it's not an easy listen. You probably won't like it on the first go. This is a record that takes time, but it will reward upon additional listening. It's amazing how my feelings for this album changed the more I listened to it. It was merely interesting at first, then I developed a real respect for the artistry and dedication, then I started to actually love (and grasp) the songs themselves. These are awesome tracks. Squarepusher actually plays this a lot of this record on his bass. It doesn't SOUND like a bass guitar, but it's there in all it's MIDI-fied glory.

If you like electronic music at all, get this record. If you like frenetic jazz music, get this record.

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