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Maximum Priest - EP

Squarepusher

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

Despite its abbreviated running time, Maximum Priest still ranks as Squarepusher’s dankest, darkest collection of music. The album’s songs, including the three remixes added at the end, seem to emanate from deep within some moldy cavern. Like most of Tom Jenkinson’s late-'90s work, these songs grew out of the jazz-fusion experiment of Music Is Rotted One Note, but while “Song: Our Underwater Torch” and “You’re Going Down” are rooted in Jenkinson’s formal jazz training, they're equally shaped by concepts drawn from dub and hip-hop production. The instrumentation is pretty and organic, but there's no dismissing the music's underlying existential tone. The remixes (from Jenkinson’s likeminded peers Autechre and Wagon Christ) retain the atmospheric conditions of Maximum Priest while stamping on the signature of each artist. The Autechre remix of “Two Bass Hit” is baroque and introverted, while Wagon Christ’s remix of “Shin Triad” is funky and lascivious—a subterranean interpretation of The Sugarhill Gang.

Customer Reviews

Great! But don't start here...

I'm a huge fan and trying to collect all releases, and I recently picked this up. If you're new to Squarepusher, I would avoid his "jazz" period - Music Is Rotted One Note, Budakhan Mindphone, and this release, although they're all great. They're just not typical. That being said - this is a great EP. The first 3 songs are very much in the jazzy/electronic vein of Mindphone, but I actually like them a little better. "Cranium Oxide" is hilarious to me for some reason, it's ridiculous. And the remixes are decent. Autechre's take on "Two Bass Hit" is pretty cool, but kind of dull. "Circular Flexing" is pretty cool. But the Luke Vibert mix of "Shin Triad" is worth the price alone. Vibert is such a genius, and he takes the track in a completely different direction. All of Luke's work, under any name, is highly recommended as well. Anyway...if you're new to Squarepusher, not the best place to start. If you already love his work, this is a must for your collection.

oh yeah

This is some good baby makin' music, depending on what sort of baby you wanna make and what sort of music you like to listen to while makin babies. All I know is the baby I make while listening to this is going to be like an angelic demon spawn.

Biography

Born: January 17, 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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