Go Plastic

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Go Plastic
Studio album by
Released25 June 2001 (2001-06-25)[1]
GenreBreakcore, drill 'n' bass
ProducerTom Jenkinson
Squarepusher chronology
Selection Sixteen
Go Plastic
Do You Know Squarepusher
Singles from Go Plastic
  1. "My Red Hot Car"
    Released: 21 May 2001[2]

Go Plastic is the fifth studio album by British electronic musician Squarepusher, released on Warp in 2001.[1] It peaked at number 100 on the UK Albums Chart.[3]


Unlike many of his earlier albums such as Hard Normal Daddy and Music Is Rotted One Note, which often prominently featured live instrumentation (particularly drums and bass guitar), the sound palette on Go Plastic is almost exclusively synthetic, with an emphasis on high-velocity breakbeats subjected to extensive manipulation and granular effects. In a contemporaneous interview, Squarepusher claimed to be "fed up" with real instruments, wanting everything "brutal and digital."[4]

Despite this, Squarepusher claims that the album was not produced using a computer, but rather by utilizing a range of hardware including the Eventide DSP4000 and Orville digital effects processors, Yamaha QY700 sequencers, Yamaha TX81Z and FS1R synthesizers, and an Akai S6000 sampler.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Hot Pressfavorable[8]
LA Weeklyfavorable[9]
Rolling Stone[14]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Go Plastic received an average score of 70% based on 17 reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews.[6]

In 2015, Exclaim placed it at number 2 on its list of "an essential guide to Squarepusher".[15]

Track listing[edit]

1."My Red Hot Car"4:42
2."Boneville Occident"4:50
3."Go! Spastic"6:21
4."Metteng Excuske v1.2"1:08
5."The Exploding Psychology"6:43
6."I Wish You Could Talk"4:53
7."Greenways Trajectory"7:10
9."My Fucking Sound"7:05
10."Plaistow Flex Out"4:28
Japanese edition bonus track
11."Hardcore Obelisk"5:24


Chart Peak
UK Albums Chart (OCC)[3] 100


  1. ^ a b "Go Plastic". Warp. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  2. ^ "My Red Hot Car". Warp. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Squarepusher". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  4. ^ TechTV interview 2001 on YouTube
  5. ^ Rockin' On Magazine (Japan) interview 2004
  6. ^ a b "Go Plastic by Squarepusher". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  7. ^ Bush, John. "Go Plastic - Squarepusher". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  8. ^ Sweeney, Eamon (7 June 2001). "Go Plastic". Hot Press. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  9. ^ Osbaum, Stacy (25 July 2001). "Squarepusher". LA Weekly. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  10. ^ Pattison, Louis (21 June 2001). "Squarepusher : Go Plastic". NME. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  11. ^ Schreiber, Ryan (26 June 2001). "Squarepusher: Go Plastic". Pitchfork. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  12. ^ Alphabet, Adam (9 July 2001). "Go Plastic". Playlouder. Archived from the original on 2 August 2003. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  13. ^ Koba, Kirsten (9 July 2001). "Squarepusher: Go Plastic". PopMatters. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  14. ^ Blashill, Pat (30 August 2001). "Squarepusher, Go Plastic". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 5 May 2002. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  15. ^ Keating, Daryl (13 May 2015). "An Essential Guide to Squarepusher". Exclaim!. Retrieved 7 August 2017.

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