CD review: ‘Music for Robots’

April 26, 2014 

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Tom ‘Squarepusher’ Jenkinson’s “Music for Robots.”

  • Electronic

    Tom ‘Squarepusher’ Jenkinson

    Music for Robots

Wow, dig these jazzy robots

Tom “Squarepusher” Jenkinson makes some of the most breathtaking electronic music ever recorded and/or performed, but it is his masterful, virtuosic use of free jazz, avant-garde jazz, and electro-acoustic music that sets him apart. Squarepusher’s music has always sounded like jazz for robots. So it shouldn’t come as any real surprise that he has started literally making jazz for robots.

“Music for Robots,” although performed by actual robots, sounds perhaps more organic, human and warm than anything Squarepusher has done to date. I have thought many times: “Golly, wouldn’t it be cool if Tom Jenkinson hired some really great musicians to actually play this stuff live? And Tom could take up bass duties himself, wouldn’t that be something?”

Well, folks, “Music for Robots” is probably as close as we will ever get to that. This is not music for computers, this is music for robots – soulful, hyperactive, possessed-by-the-spirit-of-Miles-Davis robots.

Benjamin Hedge Olson, PopMatters.com

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