Ufabulum

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Ufabulum
Squarepusher Ufabulum.jpg
Studio album by
Released15 May 2012 (2012-05-15)
Genre
Length51:15
LabelWarp
ProducerTom Jenkinson
Squarepusher chronology
Shobaleader One: d'Demonstrator
(2010)
Ufabulum
(2012)
Music for Robots
(2014)
Alternative cover
Special Edition
Special Edition
Singles from Ufabulum
  1. "Dark Steering"
    Released: 16 April 2012

Ufabulum is an eleventh album by Squarepusher, released on 15 May 2012. Squarepusher has stated that "It's music which is generated purely from programming. There's no live guitar or drums, there's nothing in it which is live, really."[1] At the time of release, Squarepusher made several appearances in festivals across the world, including his first show in Brazil, at the Sónar Festival.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic70/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Financial Times4/5 stars[4]
musicOMH2.5/5 stars[5]
NME6/10[6]
Pitchfork6.3/10[7]
The Skinny4/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin7/10[10]
Sputnikmusic2/5 stars[11]

AllMusic reviewed the album giving it a score of 4 out of 5, saying "The most striking aspect of Ufabulum is the sense that Jenkinson is building on top of foundations he laid himself. Where early Squarepusher records were notable for their innovative work with beat programming or infusion of organic instruments with electronic mayhem, the songs here seem to begin with that template of jittery beats and grow into dense compositions."[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tom Jenkinson.

No.TitleLength
1."4001"6:35
2."Unreal Square"5:17
3."Stadium Ice"4:21
4."Energy Wizard"3:48
5."Red in Blue"3:11
6."The Metallurgist"3:50
7."Drax 2"7:22
8."Dark Steering"6:51
9."303 Scopem Hard"4:56
10."Ecstatic Shock"5:08
Total length:51:15
Japanese bonus track[13]
No.TitleLength
11."On Crack"2:29
Special edition CD with Enstrobia EP[14]
No.TitleLength
1."Angel Integer"4:04
2."Panic Massive"3:46
3."40.96a"6:27
Total length:14:16

Personnel[edit]

  • Design – Nick Robertson
  • Music, artwork (LED imagery) – Tom Jenkinson
  • Photography – Donald Milne, Nick Robertson

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 83
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 196

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robin Murray (2012-04-30). "Dreams Recurring: Squarepusher". Clashmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
  2. ^ "Ufabulum – Squarepusher". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  3. ^ Fred Thomas. "Ufabulum Squarepusher". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
  4. ^ Ludovic Hunter-Tilney. "Squarepusher: Ufabulum". ft.com. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  5. ^ Jon Clark. "Squarepusher – Ufabulum". musicomh.com. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  6. ^ Kristian Dando. "Squarepusher – 'Ufabulum'". nme.com. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  7. ^ Jess Harvell. "Squarepusher – 'Ufabulum'". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
  8. ^ Mark Shukla. "Squarepusher – Ufabulum". theskinny.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
  9. ^ "Slant review".
  10. ^ Christopher R. Weingarten. "Squarepusher Ufabulum". spin.com. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  11. ^ Deviant. "Squarepusher, 'Ufabulum'". sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  12. ^ Fred Thomas. "Ufabulum Squarepusher". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
  13. ^ "Ufabulum Squarepusher". Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  14. ^ "Squarepusher: Ufabulum". Warp.net. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Squarepusher – Ufabulum" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Squarepusher – Ufabulum" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 January 2016.