Artist Spotlight: Squarepusher

Alex Calhoun —  April 11, 2013 — Leave a comment

Words can’t quite describe the excitement I felt when the Third Wave for Movement 2013 dropped a week ago and I saw Squarepusher on the line-up.  Although his music is a bit of a departure from the usual Detroit house and techno artists featured on these reviews, anyone with love for inspired musical production and analog gear can get down with one of Warp Records’ golden children.

Squarepusher is the most commonly used alias of UK based musician Tom Jenkinson, who has also put out releases under his proper name, as well as Chaos AD and The Duke of Harringay. Jenkinson’s early musical influences of  bass guitar, acid house, and Aphex Twin-esque breaks show in his myriad of eclectic releases.

Releases have always pushed genre boundaries, from drum and bass, to ambient sonic experimentation, acid house-ish 4 on 4 bangers, jazz, IDM, and straight up jam sessions. Tom Jenkinson’s love for analog gear, digital signal processing, creative sequencing, and playing his bass guitar give all of his releases a unique sound and vibe that have become emblematic of Squarepusher.

Jenkinson has put out releases on Warp Records, Rephlex, Spymania, and Ed Banger Records. He has even dabbled in some remix work, having remixed tracks by DJ Food, East Flastbush Project, and Funki Porcini.

Squarepusher is one of the “must see” artists I recommend to anyone going to Movement 2013 in Detroit. It will be something to expand the mind and ears of any fan of electronic music experimentation.

Alex Calhoun


Alex Calhoun is a writer, vinyl collector, and lover of all things odd and electronic. He currently lives in the Detroit Metro area.
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