Big Loada

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Big Loada
EP by Squarepusher
Released July 21, 1997 (UK)
October 13, 1998 (U.S.)
Recorded 1996 / 1997
Genre Jungle[1]
Drum and bass[1]
Length 28:53 (UK edition)
51:40 (US edition)
Label Warp (UK)
Nothing (U.S.)
Producer Tom Jenkinson
Squarepusher chronology
Hard Normal Daddy
Big Loada
Burningn'n Tree

Big Loada is a 1997 EP by UK drum and bass and acid artist Squarepusher. It was his fourth release on Warp Records (after the Hard Normal Daddy album, the "Vic Acid" single, and the Port Rhombus EP) in the UK, and was later released in the U.S., with an expanded track listing, by Nothing Records.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

Warp Records edition[edit]

The original Warp Records edition track listing consists of:

  1. "A Journey to Reedham ( mix)" – 6:35
  2. "Full Rinse (featuring MC Twin Tub)" – 2:23
  3. "Massif (Stay Strong)" – 6:26
  4. "Come On My Selector" – 3:24
  5. "The Body Builder (Dressing Gown mix)" – 3:02
  6. "Tequila Fish" – 6:09
  7. "Jacques Mal Chance (Il N'a Pas De Chance)" – 0:48

Nothing Records edition[edit]

The Nothing Records version has a rearranged track list with additional tracks unavailable in the U.S. at the time (Warp Records had not opened their American division yet, and arranged to release some of their material through Nothing):

  1. "Come On My Selector" – 3:24
  2. "A Journey to Reedham ( Mix)" – 6:35
  3. "Full Rinse (featuring MC Twin Tub)" – 2:23
  4. "Massif (Stay Strong)" – 6:26
  5. "The Body Builder (Dressing Gown Mix)" – 3:02
  6. "Tequila Fish" – 6:09
  7. "Jacques Mal Chance (Il N'a Pas De Chance)" – 0:48
  8. "Port Rhombus" – 6:41
  9. "Problem Child" – 5:43
  10. "Significant Others" – 3:28
  11. "Lone Ravers (Live in Chelmsford Mix)" – 5:01
  12. "The Barn (303 Kebab Mix)" – 2:11

The rearrangement of the tracks is to highlight the "Come On My Selector" video, directed by Chris Cunningham (whose work also includes videos for Aphex Twin, Autechre and Björk), and which was included on the re-release. Tracks 8, 9 and 10 make up the full Port Rhombus EP, Jenkinson's first release on Warp. Tracks 11 and 12 are two B-sides to the "Vic Acid" single (although the G7000 mix of "Fat Controller" was not included on this release).

This edition has modified cover artwork as the prominent Warp Records logo had to be removed.

Some Nothing Records versions of Big Loada are actually copies of Budakhan Mindphone that have been incorrectly packaged and labelled.


  1. ^ a b c Cooper, Sean. "Big Loada – Squarepusher". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Oldham, James (19 July 1997). "Squarepusher – Big Loada". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  3. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "Squarepusher". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 773. ISBN 0743201698. 
  4. ^ Harrison, Ian (September 1997). "Squarepusher: Big Loada". Select (87).