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Album Review

Electronic madman Tom Jenkinson, aka Squarepusher, has always dealt in futuristic sounds. Whether crafting some of the more frantic drum-n-bass rhythms ever put to tape or sewing together rubbery basslines and multi-colored electronic textures into his own breed of short-attention-span funk, there's always been something superhuman about his music. Music for Robots takes the superhuman/non-human elements of Squarepusher's sound to both its logical and literal conclusion, offering up five tracks composed by Jenkinson and performed completely by robots. Jenkinson spent part of 2013 working with a team of Japanese roboticists, coming up with original pieces of music far beyond the capabilities of even the most skilled human instrumentalists. The Z-Machines, a 22-armed drumming robot and a guitar-playing robot with the equivalent of 78 fingers, run through five pieces on Music for Robots that are immediately recognizable as Squarepusher material. Dead giveaways come in the form of the scattershot rhythms and head-spinning, MIDI-transposed arpeggio runs of "Sad Robot Goes Funny," and the slow, melodic build of "Dissolver," which breaks out into anthemic, neck-breakingly quick rhythm patterns. Jenkinson's jazzier impulses come through on the EP's quieter moments, as with the airy intro "Remote Amber." [Music for Robots was also released on LP.]

Customer Reviews

…oh my god.

I view this album as not just a wonderful piece of music for any jazz or electronic fan, but what will go down as a crowning a achievement in musical history.

Haha Yes!

This is the 1st SquarePusher EP/Album I've truly appreciated since Go Plastic.

I like all the tracks for different reasons.

Before I listened to Track 4. Dissolver I was like "This is good... but Buddy Rich is still a Better Drummer... Victor Wooten could play better Bass, and Dragonforce still has better guitar... then I got 75% through Dissolver and was satisfied that it was like "Ok... I'm officially support their claim that this song is beyond what any human could physically make".

More Squares Pushed

After Ufabulum ended up being my favorite Squarepusher album, I was really looking forward to what he'd do next, and I wasn't disapointed. Don't let the dark-looking album art fool you, there are some really uplifting tunes on here and a surprising mixture of acoustics and electronics that Squarepusher is constantly trying to perfect (I personally like it when he leans more towards the electronic end, but this is still awesome.


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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