Squarepusher returns with Shobaleader One jazz fusion band for UK dates

Revered virtuoso bassist and drum’n’bass pioneer Tom Jenkinson, aka Squarepusher, is set to unleash his Shobaleader One live band once again across three dates this week, following their universally-acclaimed live debut last year in London and Brighton. Formed after an extended period of developing his own custom music software, System 4, which resulted in one of his most viscerally challenging and jazz influenced electronic albums to date, last year’s Damogen Furies, Jenkinson told Jazzwise exclusively ahead of the shows last year that “after five years with my head inside a computer, I just want to play!”



Indeed, the live band, rumoured to be comprised of several leading UK jazz musicians (disguised in long black robes and flashing LED visors), breath new life into Jenkinson’s much loved mid-1990s releases – in particular his first two full length albums, Feed Me Weird Things and Hard Normal Daddy – without any form of electronic sequencing, replicating all parts of the music that were originally played by Jenkinson. The set has been expanded to include new ideas and further interpretations of some of his deep catalogue, which is also set to be re-released as deluxe versions later this year on Warp Records.



Packing a considerable live punch the music still sounds fresh and highlights the technical sophistication of both Jenkinson’s fiendishly tricky bass parts and the extremely complex breakbeats that fuel each track – it’s a marathon job for the drummer. One of the most influential electronic musicians of the last 20 years, it’s to Jenkinson’s huge credit that he has the prowess and vision to bring this music to the stage as well as translate his iconic studio creations into thrilling live hyper jazz-funk-fusion incarnations.

The three shows begin on Friday 6 May at Gorilla, Manchester, then X-JAZZ Festival in Lido, Berlin on 7 May and finally to the Islington Assembly Hall, London on 8 May.

– Mike Flynn

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