Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:50 pm
My two-week stay in Europe ended earlier this week with a stroke of luck: My German father-in-law gave me his beautiful old violin, the one he's played since he was 11. But getting it back safely to the U.S. was more of a problem than I imagined.
Tom Jenkinson, a.k.a. Squarepusher, has been churning out inventive electronic music for nearly 20 years, with his most celebrated works mixing the sounds of jazz fusion with drum-and-bass. But his newest material follows any whim he fancies, which makes Squarepusher's new album, Ufabulum, a true mixed bag; nearly every track looks to push another envelope. "Dark Steering" flirts subtly with the sounds of modern dubstep, mixing them with atmospheric squeals and detailed drum programming.
In the past 15 years, Richard Russell, the owner of the British independent record company XL Recordings, has shepherded his label to more than its fair share of industry success.
Last year the label saw its greatest heights yet, though to be fair, no other label climbed anywhere near as high. That's because 2011 was the year of Adele, and XL is the singer's home. (In the United States, Adele's albums are promoted and distributed by Columbia Records, but she is signed to XL worldwide.)
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