NOW THIS … this is sexy news for the lover of the weird and the wired and the warped (and, serendipitously, the Warp).
Squarepusher’s hyperactive, insane, thrilling debut album for Warp, Feed Me Weird Things, is to get a 25th (what now?) anniversary reissue on June 4th. Stand back, light the touchpaper.
Not only will this mean that the album will be available for the first time on digital streaming platforms; but also that wax lovers will be able to get their hands on it and not have to think about remortgaging, it being in recent years north of £130 and up to £200 on Discogs for a copy. Yipes.
Need to be reminded of the breakbeat in a blender genius of it all – or listening for the first time? Warp your head with the rolling acid of “Theme From Ernest Borgnine” down below.
The rerelease comes out exactly 25 years to the day from its original release – and it’s been out of print for a decade-plus. The vinyl issue will come as two 12″s and a 10″, with accompanying booklet. It’s been remastered from the original DATs and comes bolstered with two tracks originally featured on the Squarepusher Plays EP, “Theme From Goodbye Renaldo” and “Deep Fried Pizza”.
Musically, Feed Me Weird Things is more expansive than the electronic sub-genres it was shoehorned into at the time, featuring, as it does, disarmingly intricate melodic compositions and extraordinarily complex rhythmic sequences. Originally issued on Aphex Twin and Grant Wilson-Claridge’s Rephlex, it also showcases an exchange of ideas – and more than a little healthy rivalry riding out there at the vanguard of weird electronica.
“The Squarepusher is someone who wonders what the holes of a flute sound like without the flute,” says a certain innovative Cornishman in the sleeve notes.
“Sound like sound never sounded before, Richard Rodgers and Julie Andrews gave us the Sound of music, John Cage and Simon and Garfunkel gave us the Sound of silence and now the Squarepusher gives us the SOUND of SOUND.”
There’s also a dozen live dates for the autumn – the full itinerary is as follows; click through on the venue hyperlink for tickets, where they’re still on sale.
Saturday, October 23rd, Newcastle, Boiler Shop (note new date);
Monday, October 25th, Liverpool, Invisible Wind Factory;
Tuesday, October 26th, Leeds, Brudenell Social Club, sold out;
Wednesday, October 27th, Brighton, Concorde 2;
Thursday, October 28th, Nottingham, Metronome, sold out, and
Friday, October 29th, London, Camden Roundhouse, sold out.
Excellent news all round; so when can we expect Hard Normal Daddy and Go Plastic, chaps?
Squarepusher’s Feed Me Weird Things will be rereleased by Warp on June 4th, digitally, on CD, and on trad black, limited clear and Bleep exclusive orange vinyl; whack your order in here.