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One of Squarepusher’s leanest and most thematically consistent works, Numbers Lucent explores Tom Jenkinson’s interest in the sounds of house and rave music. While it seems counterintuitive that a return to traditional styles would be creatively rewarding for a sonic adventurer like Jenkinson, working with the fundamentality of house music helps contain his conflicting musical impulses and underscores his cleverness. This is particularly obvious on the opening song, “Zounds Perspex,” a bouncy and funky house track that continually amuses even as it stays within a single rhythm construct. “Paradise Garage” is a sibling track, its title referencing the legendary Manhattan dance club where DJ Larry Levan pioneered the sounds of underground disco. Jenkinson’s drum and bass roots crop up on “Arterial Fantasy,” which feels somewhat perfunctory despite its manic rhythms. More intriguing is “Illegal Dustbin,” an assaultive closer that answers the question: “What would it sound like if house music merged with thrash metal?”

Customer Reviews

a great trip back into time!

This EP is hotter than hell, and by the far the best thing Tom Jenkinson has done in ages. He is forgoing his recent foray into the free jazz world by keeping it beautifully simple here, and giving us the tastiest beats and most frantic production not heard since LFO's Sheath back in 2003. Great rave sounds on this EP with some absolutely excellent production. "Arterial Fantasy" is the standout, but the entire EP must be heard to fully appreciate. I give Numbers Lucent my highest recommendation, especially for those who appreciate Squarepusher's mid-90's sound! Oh yes, a note to Freeleo who dismissed this EP, and declared that Squarepusher had probably never been to the Paradise Garage. Please do your homework, Freeleo. If you think Tom Jenkinson ever wanted to go to the Paradise Garage then you're probably missing the joke here. "Garage" music can mean many things to many people. Go figure it out, eh?

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This album is a real banger

Life Choices

When I was 13, I decided to extend the breadth of my musical tastes. I found Squarepusher, Venetian Snares, and Aphex Twin. Squarepusher and Venetian Snares were my honest favorites.
At 15, a friend of mine introduced me to Dubstep. I enjoyed it.
Now, at 16, I learn something about 98% of Dubstep fans, I hate them. I really hate the people who enjoy what I enjoy.
But today, I remember this album. I reret having fallen into dubstep, because I see it now.
This is much better.

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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