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Be Up A Hello

Squarepusher

Be Up A Hello

Fifteenth studio album from the pioneering electronica producer Tom Jenkinson

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
Warp
UK Release date
31/01/2020
US Release date
31/01/2020
  1. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It’s a triumph
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  2. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Jenkinson’s strongest album for a decade and is easily up there with his best work
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  3. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s a love letter to his fans, and perhaps the perfect entry point for new ones
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  4. 8.0 |   Crack

    The album ends on its most unsettling track, the unrelenting 80 Ondula, which serves to reinforce the record’s severe mood drop over time. 25 years into his career, Jenkinson’s lost none of his mischievousness
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  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Squarepusher's Be Up a Hello asserts that what some would consider an outmoded sound palette can still be mined for fresh ideas, that IDM in its golden-age variety has yet to reach its zenith
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  6. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It’s a return to what Squarepusher is known most prominently for but his style has developed since the '90s. He doesn’t need the jazz inflections to stand out from the crowd - he does so naturally
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  7. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Whether you can consider this old-school, new-school, or somewhere in between scarcely matters. What we have here is yet another brain-melting album from an artist who refuses to stand still
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  8. 8.0 |   Q

    By eerie last track 80 Ondula, all moody Vangelis synths and bad-acid vibes, there comes the realisation it's actually the sinister undertone that lurks beneath all Jenkinson's esoteric soundscapes which makes them so compelling. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A solid mid-career statement from a true original. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    Without simply revisiting a bygone golden era, Jenkinson reconsiders some of his old ways, taking some of his more familiar ideas to new, strange places. As always
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  11. 7.0 |   Northern Transmission

    An adventure to be approached with caution, only the most intrepid explorers need apply for this mission deep into this hostile environment
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  12. 7.0 |   The Music

    Much of this album won't sound particularly radical to long-term fans, but there are moments that few other producers could conceptualise, let alone accomplish
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  13. 6.4 |   Pitchfork

    On his first proper album in five years, Tom Jenkinson patches together a passel of vintage hardware to revisit the breakbeat mayhem and drill’n’bass hijinks of his early years
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  14. 6.0 |   music OMH

    It’s a well-produced record, even if Ufabulum is a better example of the new style put to good use
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  15. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Tom Jenkinson goes back to his mid-90s moniker and makes use of old electronic hardware in a fun, if bumpy, ride
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  16. 6.0 |   Mojo

    As restless and fidgety as ever. Print edition only


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