For this, his 10th album in as many years, Tom "Squarepusher" Jenkinson is in playful mood. He has said Hello Everything is him "having a laugh" after recording several albums that were, at times, frustrating and difficult listens. This new CD may divide his fans - which include Andre 3000, Thom Yorke and Flea - as some prefer his material to sound more like a drum kit and a bag of cats being kicked down a flight of stairs.
Here's the thing about the new Squarepusher album: despite its title, Tom Jenkinson sounds awfully focused. And that's a good thing. My two favorite Squarepusher albums are at the opposite ends of his spectrum. The first is 1997's Big Loada, where "Journey to Reedham: 7am mix" seemed to scare potential breakbeat technicians away from even trying to accomplish such a feat.