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Top 30 Albums of 2015: 15-1

Here is the second and final part of my top releases of 2015, these are the biggest highlights in the year for me. Don’t forget to lemme know what your favourites were or to link me your own list. Hope you all had a great start to 2016!  Continue reading

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Catch-Up Reviews #5: Squarepusher, Moodie Black, Faith No More…

Rich Reviewz is coming back. Here’s some releases I’ve been enjoying recently for you to wrap your ears around…

Squarepusher – Damogen Furies

Squarepusher is Tom Jenkinson, a man who has pushed the boundaries of electronic music as far as possible since its inception in 1995. The list of his work and its variety is impressive for any musician of any genre and with each release, the direction he takes is completely unpredictable which is exactly what’s happened with “Damogen Furies” once again.  Continue reading

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Top 20 Music Videos of 2012

We all love a good music video, right? Sometimes it can make you love or understand a song a little bit more, or it can be a complete bloodfest that you just concentrate on the visuals, or it can be plain funny – either way, these are my top picks for 2012. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Squarepusher – “Ufabulum” Quick Review

Squarepusher – Ufabulum
Genre: Electronica/IDM 

Label: Warp

Squarepusher is the alias of renowned electronic/IDM artist Tom Jenkinson, known for his jazz fusion with electronica and bringing his bass guitar virtuosity into his live performances. “Ufabulum” is his 15th album release, and another change in relation to Squarepusher’s style in recent works.

First off, “Ufabulum” is a LOT different to the previous few albums he released, particularly the likes of “Shobaleader One: d’Demonstrator” and “Just A Souvenir”, which were inspired by daydreams Jenkinson had of a futuristic electronic “rock band”. This concept brought him to approaching a hybrid sound of Daft Punk and Black Moth Super Rainbow. “Ufabulum” however, seems to return to the earlier styles of his work, but with a sense of post-[something] refreshment. The energy is more vibrant and he even seems to be exploring further into new textures.

Unreal Square, for example, seems to have strong dubstep influences but his approach to the style feels fresh and different to what you might expect anything affiliated with the d-word. In the first half of the song, he keeps to a very slow and slick tempo, but then after a steady build-up with beats, the track bursts into drum’n’bass, yet keeping the same melody, sometimes twisting or snapping it into different directions.

Then tracks like The Metallurgist, are almost the opposite. Dark, brooding and screaming “no-nonsense”, almost reminiscent of the dark and faster moments of his contemporary Aphex Twin. Dark Steering is similar, but progresses through different levels of tempo and atmosphere, intertwining episodes of soft melodies and neck-snapping breakbeats.

Personally, the only faults with the album is that some sections might become too similar, and that it’s easy to lose track of when one track ends and another starts. Stadium Ice and Energy Wizard both seem to have a heavy 80’s synthwave vibe, the latter more noticeable with its trance-like atmosphere, and the two could probably be morphed into one track. This seems to be a case for a couple of the other tracks too, like 303 Scopem Hard and Ecstatic Shock.

Otherwise, “Ufabulum” is a good album in terms of its apocalyptic party feel. Its infectious melodies can lull you into a blissful nod, but can turn 180 and throw a flurry of sounds and breakbeats. Its all-round accessibility and addictiveness would be a great introduction to someone wanting to explore the world of Squarepusher. A definite for an an IDM or a long-time fan of Squarepusher.

6.4/10
Favourite tracks: Unreal Square, Dark Steering, Energy Wizard.

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