100 Unheralded Albums from 2010

Squarepusher presents Shobaleader One: d'DemonstratorSquarepusher presents Shobaleader One: d’Demonstrator (Warp, 10/19/10)

Squarepusher: “Megazine”

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Bass/electronic guru Tom Jenkinson has covered astounding turf in his 15-year career as Squarepusher, fluctuating between fusion-filled drum-and-bass, jazzy IDM, classical-guitar pieces, pure dance tracks, and experimental electronica.

There isn’t too much that he hasn’t done with his bass, synthesizers, and drum sequencers, but d’Demonstrator is new territory — a new, funky “space band” project as Shobaleader One.  And though it’s not an unadulterated riff bonanza as on albums past, the album has enough of Jenkinson’s technical skills peeking from behind the grooves.  It’s another new turn in a constantly twisting career — and one that makes for a slinky good time.

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