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Just a Souvenir was inspired by a waking vision that Tom Jenkinson had, in which he saw “a crazy, beautiful rock band play an ultra-gig; they played instruments either of their own design or conventional ones that were modified such that they could be used to generate a range of sounds not typically associated with a rock band.” He later said his memory of the vision was his only souvenir: hence the title of this wildly creative recollection. Just a Souvenir is his most amusing and accessible album, yet it’s also his strangest. The music is true to its dreamlike conception. While it builds on previous Squarepusher innovations, it seems disconnected from historical trends in electronica, as well as Squarepusher’s own catalog. While it integrates elements from such unlikely and disparate genres as '80s boogie funk, smooth jazz, and even thrash metal, Just a Souvenir most resembles the kind of 8-bit music heard on early Nintendo games. This feels more like the work of a band of microscopic aliens, virtuosic but visible only within the deepest recesses of some long-abandoned circuit board.

Customer Reviews

the same squarepusher

but groovier

Prog 'n' Breaks

Nice move Tom, insane prog instrumentation (think Relayer by Yes) mixed with enough breaks to make even the more jaded hipsters spill their PBR. The Glass Road should be sent back in time to the mid-70's and pushed in the face of those loons (nice loons, I like them) or some sort of Marty McFly gig where Tom plays a support slot for Van Der Graaf Generator and mashes the minds. Guess I liked it, as usual.


This is definitely a more bass heavy, funky toned album, but that just makes it all the more awesome. Seems to enhance what we already love about squarepusher, taking it to the next level, yet again, of experimental electronic artistry.


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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