Squarepusher - Just a Souvenir (3 stars)

Squarepusher - Just a Souvenir

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ELECTRONIC FUNK

Times change, beats get faster, slower, heavier, funkier, but Tom Jenkinson will forever be the geeky spiritual little cousin of Aphex Twin who synergised breaks and virtuoso bass playing into one monolithic Level 42-crushing funk beast in the mid-90s.

This, his 12th album, continues to explore familiar territory. Not quite as full on as his more power tool-driven past, but a more varied prospect on the whole.

He explores a wealth of textures – moments have as much in common with Lightning Bolt as they do Autechre – without straying too far from his original live funk’n’bass blueprint. It may lack the tension of darker drum & bass but it also lacks the macho pretentions.

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