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Squarepusher announces Lamental EP, full Roundhouse line-up and new international live dates

STREAM: “Midi Sans Frontières (Avec Batterie)” –
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VIDEO – “Terminal Slam” –

Following widespread acclaim for his recent album Be Up A Hello, on April 10th Squarepusher (Tom Jenkinson) will be opening a new chapter to this musical journey with the Lamental EP release and will also embark on an international headline tour covering Japan, America, Europe and the UK, including London’s Roundhouse on May 15th where he’ll be joined by Paranoid London, SCALPING & Ray Keith.

Shining a light on the more melodic aspects of Be Up A Hello, the Lamental EP reveals a contemplative side to the music Tom has been making over the last few years. The spacey, squelchy synth techno of ‘The Paris Track’ is a new accelerated interpretation of ‘Detroit People Mover’ which is taken from the album, where it offers a cinematic contrast to the high-octane rave rush of the first four tracks.

Originally composed as a response to the EU referendum in 2016, Tom made the score and recorded stems of his beautifully plaintive, wave-like slow roller ‘MIDI Sans Frontières’ available to all, encouraging remixers to participate as a form of “internationalist collaboration with sound makers, irrespective of what kind of music they make, where they live, their background or their age.” Also included on the EP is his own new ‘Avec Batterie’ deep breakbeat rework of the track, which you can hear now.


March 15  Bangface Weekender, Southport, UK – live
April 01  Club Quattro Nagoya – live
April 02  Club Quattro Umeda – Osaka – live
April 03  Studio Coast – Tokyo – live
April 09     Royale, Boston – live
April 10 Higher Ground, Burlington – live
April 11    Brooklyn Steel, NYC – live
April 14     SAT, Montreal – live
April 15    Danforth, Toronto, – live
April 16    St. Andrews, Detroit – live
April 17    Metro, Chicago – live
April 19    Bluebird Theater, Denver – live
April 22    Neumos, Seattle – live
April 23    Wonder Ballroom, Portland – live
April 24    The Midway, SF- live
April 25   1720, LA – live
May 01    LEV Festival, Gijon – live
May 08    Botanique, Brussels – live
May 09    Melkweg, Amsterdam – live
May 12  Metronome, Nottingham – live
May 13    Brudenell, Leeds – live
May 14    Concorde2, Brighton – live
May 15    Roundhouse, London – live
May 23    Nuits Sonores, Lyon – live
May 24    Riverside Festival, Glasgow – live
June 06  Primavera Festival, Barcelona – live
July 18 Dour Festival, Dour BE – live
July 25 Bluedot, Macclesfield, UK
Aug 14 Boomtown Fair, Winchester, UK

Critical praise for Be Up A Hello:

“His best in years” The Wire

nervy and dense, speedy and ominous, twitchy and unstable, with a distant, dissonant melody line besieged by a percussive overload until a final staticky swerve.” –New York Times

A perpetual experimentalist, Jenkinson consistently delivers electronic albums jam-packed with ideas and vibrant tone color, of which Be Up a Hello slots in as yet another example of the creative colossus that is Squarepusher. This record feels especially important, though, because it 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.” Pop Matters 8/10

“The frenetic, joyful bleeps are undoubtedly the sound of android’s dreams” The Guardian Guide 

“Right back to the most surging, joyous rave rushes of his landmark releases. A wobbly-eyed, reach-for-the-lazers, wildly grinning cascade of terrifyingly disciplined noise and rhythm” Mixmag8/10

“This feels like a real milestone for Jenkinson, and for a career as fruitful as his, that’s no small feat” Clash 8/10

“An impressively wide ranging fusion of twisted synth melodies, knotty beats and sense-rupturing speed-jazz” Uncut 8/10

“25 years into his career, Jenkinson has lost none of his mischievousness” Crack 8/10

“Perky pop melodicism, acid squiggles, ball-bearings-down-a-drainpipe breakbeats and moody Vangelis synths.The sinister undertone that lurks beneath Jenkinson’s esoteric soundscapes make them so compelling” Q 4/5

“A fantastic addition to an already stellar canon of work” Inverted Audio

“It’s fast, unpredictable, and most importantly, fun. Only a handful of artists can make music this complex feel like such a good time” Resident Advisor

“Driving hyperspeed beats, erratic synth layers, completely unpredictable progression and a sprinkling of eardrum-rumbling thuds that make you feel like you’re in a warzone.” The Quietus

“Squarepusher has topped his career with a work that looks backwards technologically, yet presses forward with fresh dynamism” Electronic Sound

“It’s terroir is ravey hyper-beats and face melting breaks, while moments of Vangelis-meets-Satie respite are executed with subtlety and poignancy” Mojo

“Loads of fun, and feels as if made by someone who still has the future firmly in his sights” Long Live Vinyl 

“Coupling signature breakbeats with turbo-charged acid” FACT

“A fun, hair-raising ride” DJ

Lamental EP
Street Date: April 10, 2020

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Track List:


A1. ‘The Paris Track’ – first release on all formats
A2. ‘Detroit People Mover’
B1. ‘MIDI Sans Frontières  (Avec Batterie’) – first release on all formats
B2. ‘MIDI Sans Frontières’ – first vinyl release


1. The Paris Track
2. Detroit People Mover
3. Les Mains Dansent
4. Midi Sans Frontieres (Avec Batterie)
5. Midi Sans Frontieres


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