Squarepusher
Shobaleader One - D'demonstrator


1.5
very poor

Review

by Marko Polovina USER (90 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2010 | 59 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Squarepusher has relied on his ever-changing persona, without detaching his fusion of high tempo breaks and bass. But Shobaleader One - d'Demonstrator plays out quickly for all in respects to our patience and Jenkinson's ignorance in his latest.

I admire Tom Jenkinson. He isn't happy with one thing. He enjoys deconstructing his sound, only to create an entirely different album with all the same signature bass heavy addictiveness as the last. The problem with this is, of course, an entirely hit and miss discography. With every seminal release he would bring out, there would be an equally mediocre concurrent in his more modern career. It only takes a few missteps to find yourself in a pitfall and after the release of Selection Sixteen Jenkinson has gone from interesting experimentation with 2004's Ultravisitor and 2006's Hello Everything, to dreary tediousness with his releases of Go Plastic, Do You Know Squarepusher and Just A Souvenior, which by all means gives us more reasons to doubt his ability to bring out quality work similar to his early days.

Shobaleader One - D'demonstrator in all cases is an entirely different type of Squarepusher experience. Those minimalistic templates we got in Music Is A Rotted Note are gone, the ambient eeriness, electronic discord in Feed Me Weird Things as well and the thumping bass within Selection Sixteen that would break out with electronic groove has practically vanished. What D'demonstrator isn't is a Squarepusher album in the classic sense. His dependence is gone from bass or high tempo breaks, instead he tries to pull off everyone's favorite House groups, you know the modern electronic dance music that has had a revival from the masked robotic duo - Daft Punk and their contemporaries since the mid-90's. Yes, that's right almost two decades ago, so what exactly is Jenkinson trying to prove? I'm not entirely sure exactly. D'demonstrator doesn't pull off much with its heavy-handed synth approach and blaring robotic chimes. It instead cripples it before the album can even get up on its feet. Never really reaching any type of connection with the listener, instead we're stranded to try and find some sort link within the music.

The frustrating "demonstration" that is this album is what is confusing. It seems to lack any type of uniqueness because of the direction taken. No one wants to listen to racket that is incomprehensible and mind-numbing to the point of annoyance. Shobaleader One - D'demonstrator encompasses something where an artist tries to pull too much out of nothing. From the opening up until "Endless Night" do we get something that pushes the envelope down our throats on what exactly is dance music to Jenkinson; unlike the rest of the album "Cryptic Motion" actually pulls it off because the bass line isn't deteriorated by the synth, despite what would seem to be a clear clairvoyance on what this album was meant to be, Squarepusher fails miserably in almost every aspect of simulating a dance album. He may have good intentions, but they don't rub well for most if at all during the albums length. Fortunately, I can listen to the closer "Maximum Planck" and hope the man behind this album builds upon that same guitar riff within the track - on repeat because it looks to be the only saving grace on this entire album. It seems to be the only glimpse of what was once always Squarepusher.

If this release is trying to create a sense of danceable themed music it fails terribly, without any type of harmony or true flow within D'demonstrator it falls apart. Its unfortunate too because with every track like Cryptic Motion that makes sense with its pop-synth style and classic Squarepusher electronic freedom its bogged down by its seemingly indescribable blare of robotic singing and lack of any route to take the music. Throughout Shobaleader One - D'demonstrator I find myself wandering through each track trying to find some kind of hook, beat, or to put it simply appealing energy that gives most dance artists their life blood to lure me in, instead I couldn't and felt like it was an entire waste of my time. Why don't you just listen to some Daft Punk or Basement Jaxx or The Chemical Brothers or .....you get my point.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2010


31620 Comments


What?

Really??

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MassiveAttack
October 22nd 2010


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Sigh...this was a total waste of an album. I feel like Squarepusher has been either losing his motivation to create his brand of music or just bored with himself. Anyway Trey don't listen to this, it blows. Parts of this showed promise, but then it goes from great jazz or electronic mood to a horrible dance beat with transformer vocals to boot haha.

Deviant....I KNOW. I was so fucking confused when listening to this. I had no idea what the hell he was thinking. Besides "Frisco Wave" and "Maximum Planck" I don't see anything here mildly interesting. Only those tracks because they are actually listenable.

I'm going to get drunk now with a few friends so I hope to see some comments fellas. Especially on this abomination.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2010


31620 Comments


I need to hear this, just so I can hear Jenkinson make an ass out of himself by going all electro

MassiveAttack
October 22nd 2010


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Listen dude there are moments on here that I love, but they're ruined in a few moments. Some stuff like in say Megazine are actually good, like the guitar-driven part, but then the robot goes "hmhmhmmhmhm yea yea" in a muffled voice and ruins EVERYTHING! I just didn't think it was important to write it in my review because this album is an attempt at something he's never done. A scattershot is bound to hit something and on here it does - for a few minutes (when he is attempting to do it, not counting "Frisco Wave" and "Maximum Planck" because they seem more standard Jenkinson work).

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2010


31620 Comments


Quickest feature I've seen - I sense the hand of Willie

MassiveAttack
October 22nd 2010


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

How exciting, my second.

Bitchfork
October 22nd 2010


7584 Comments


Listened to this in school today and it sucked pretty bad.

xfearbefore
October 22nd 2010


1246 Comments


Excellent review. Bummer, I was hoping this album would be good.

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Willie
Moderator
October 22nd 2010


16149 Comments


Quickest feature I've seen - I sense the hand of Willie
Would I do that? Anyway, I'll probably just ignore this album now.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2010


31620 Comments


Well you're here aren't you? haha

Scoot
October 22nd 2010


17914 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The fuck is this

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Bitchfork
October 22nd 2010


7584 Comments


shit

Meatplow
October 22nd 2010


5524 Comments


I admire Tom Jenkinson. He isn't happy with one thing.


with the exception of a stab at few different things I find the majority of his discography tedious and incredibly samey

can't really bring myself to enjoy Squarepusher that much, his albums have parts which are mindblowing but always sandwiched in between mountains of ass

Bitchfork
October 22nd 2010


7584 Comments


This is like that except mindbloiwing becomes acceptable and the ass mountains are like ass planets and they stink because they're related to Jean Louise Costes and his fecalphelia became hereditary.

Meatplow
October 22nd 2010


5524 Comments


yeah I probably won't listen to this

Hard Normal Daddy is probably my favourite

Scoot
October 22nd 2010


17914 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

lol

MassiveAttack
October 23rd 2010


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Really Meatplow you didn't like Feed Me Weird Things , Music Is A Rotted Note or Selection Sixteen? His early stuff is great, but like I said he newer stuff is really iffy.

pizzamachine
October 23rd 2010


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

The album sounds like drugged Lemmings in a black hole.

Meatplow
October 23rd 2010


5524 Comments


Really Meatplow you didn't like Feed Me Weird Things , Music Is A Rotted Note or Selection Sixteen? His early stuff is great, but like I said he newer stuff is really iffy.


I like these more than the rest and think they have a fairly consistent quality, just the DnB/Jazz Fusion thing gets a little tiring after a while

climactic
October 23rd 2010


19980 Comments


whaaaat

I love this guy

don't have this tho

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