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There was a period in the mid- to late '90s when it appeared that Aphex Twin and Squarepusher had an ongoing competition to see who could come up with the dirtiest, most abrasive drum and bass song. While neither of them ever surpassed Aphex Twin’s “Ventolin” for pure harshness, the songs on Squarepusher’s Vic Acid EP are less abstract. Instead, they lunge straight for the jugular. The quartet of songs here demonstrates Tom Jenkinson’s mastery of techno and shows him stretching the idiom to its breaking point before moving on to new forms. The title song is a positively throttling piece of music, spurting radioactive material and rage, but it retains the elastic feel for funk that was the original impetus for drum and bass. The other songs submit a vision of rave music that's deranged and at times almost evil. The impression given by “Lone Raver” isn't of fraternity and togetherness but of an alienated freak dancing spastically off a ledge.

Customer Reviews

A pretty good EP

For some reason this seems to be more of a Aphex Twin sounding album, and I forget it's squarepusher when I listen. But its a good album with some twisted tunes and I think it is a good deal.

Cool EP

"Vic Acid" is such a great track, it's worth the price alone. It's a blast of brilliantly produced, catchy, head nodding drum and bass. The other tracks on the album are good too, particularly tracks 3 and 4, which are in a very similar vein. Overall, not one of Squarepusher's best works, but it's a must-have for any fans, and actually not a terrible place to start for a newcomer. Although, I'd pick up his first record, Feed Me Weird Things, or his second, Hard Normal Daddy instead.

The first MP3 I ever heard

Way back in the day, when I was but a teenager and was doing my computing on a PowerMac 6100, A fellow geek came over to my house a zip disk. He said "this will change the world, check it out!" it was a copy of MacAmp, and this song encoded to an .MP3. "1/10th the space of a CD but all the sound quality! People will be sharing these things over the network in no time!" he screamed over the music now blaring across my speakers. "Now listen to this drum break, it's SICK!" and we both just zoned out to the music. I had to buy it again just to relive that moment.


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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