Squarepusher is fairly prolific with 18 albums under his belt and a load of singles and EPs too. It shouldn’t surprise us, then, that he has an EP out so soon after his recent album Be Up A Hello. It is called Lamental EP and it features Detroit People Mover from that album plus three new tracks. On Warp.
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4-track 12" EP on Warp.
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I love a victory lap EP. It’s an artform long perfected by Animal Collective, but whoever’s doing it, there’s always fun to be had. Squarepusher released ‘Be Up A Hello’ a mere two months ago and now, for the victory lap, ‘Lamental EP’.
You often get more of a sense of an artists’ process with these things, even if all you’ve learnt is what got left on the cutting room floor. ‘Lamental EP’s opening pair are ‘The Paris Track’, and ‘Detroit People Mover’ (which is also on ‘Be Up A Hello') which is mournful, as close to a tearjerker as Squarepusher gets. Its twin is a sped up version, filled with fidgety Rephlex bass and a heaving, massive beat that turns the track into a proper hands in the air/tears in the club moment. And hearing them back to back is like seeing history unspool in front of you, a sliding doors moment before your ears.
The second pair on the album are ‘Midi San Frontieres’, avec and sans Batterie. Squarepusher produced the original track following the 2016 referendum, and released the score and stems to all to remix as we saw fit. His own take adds a beat halfway between industrial machinery and something from a marching band to his own squelching synths.
Most interesting though is ‘Les Mains Dansent’, a plaintive little guitar solo that stands completely apart in how quietly beautiful it is. I'll take more of that if you've got it Squarepusher.
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