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Feed Us Weird Things: Artists On Their Favourite Squarepusher Music
Patrick Clarke , June 17th, 2021 10:10

To mark the new reissue of Squarepusher's debut album 'Feed Me Weird Things', the likes of Loraine James, John Frusciante and Danalogue pick their favourite albums and tracks by the game-changing producer


Rob Turner of GoGo Penguin on ‘Iambic 5 Poetry’ from Budakhan Mindphone (1997)

I just love this track. It’s the first track I heard of his and it’s the track that made me fall in love with his musical world. I’ve been listening to this track for more than 25 years and it’s still awe inspiring. It silences my mind.

I think I first heard Squarepusher on a cassette my friend made for me when I was young. It was a great compilation, It had ‘Iambic 5 Poetry’ and some tracks from Four Tet’s Rounds as well as some Richard D. James. The cassette didn’t have any names on it so it wasn’t ‘til much later that I found out who had made all that music. I played my drums along to the tracks on that cassette until it wore out.

Much later I remember being on the same festival stage as Shobaleader One and thinking ‘this is mental - that’s actually Squarepusher – like, the real Squarepusher!’ I’ve still not quite accepted that was real. They played ‘Iambic 5 Poetry’ and it’s one of the best things I’ve seen, his bass pierced so much you feel it in your teeth.

I often find myself looking to his music for inspiration and getting lost in it. There’s such an incredible sense of harmony and melody, outrageous creativity and of course, in my opinion, the best drums on record. There’s more to it than that though, for me it’s not just that it’s a benchmark for making music. There’s something much deeper in all the music he makes. It really does feel like it comes from another world whether physically or mentally. It’s makes real the idea that this little world is not everything.

With some music my interest comes and goes, like tracks that make you remember a particular year. I don’t have that with Squarepusher, it’s pretty much always been there and it’s never something I’ve had to learn to like or battled becoming tired of it. It’s always a part of my life and probably always will be.

Photo by Jon Shard