"My Red Hot Car"
Record label: Warp (UK)
Format: 12"
Release date: 22 May 2001

There are some days when I think that I was the only one of Squarepusher's fans that wasn't pissed off when he went the jazz fusion route for a while. Weirdbeat freaks worldwide can breathe a sigh of relief now: "My Red Hot Car" is a return to demented drum 'n' bass form. It's also the single that will earn Tom Jenkinson a new fan base. It's reminiscent of early hardcore from the golden age of rave, fused together with the piercing bass lines of today's 2-step craze and a really catchy vocal hook. That's right, folks: Squarepusher sings! This song's going to do for him what "Come To Daddy" and "Windowlicker" did for Aphex Twin. (Now all we need is a video directed by Chris Cunningham to seal the deal.) Two different versions of "Car" are included (the album version gets effed with considerably more than the single…at times it sounds like it's going to fall apart), along with two non-LP cuts. "Hardcore Obelisk" is actually more in the dark ambient vein, while "I Wish You Obelisk" comes with the skittering breakbeat paranoia. A hidden track is included on the CD. Look for Squarepusher's new album to drop later this year (rumor has it that it's off the meter).


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