It’s been a long while since English producer Thomas Jenkinson, aka Squarepusher, has put out a record that reminded us all why we fell in love with him so many years ago. On Ufabulum, his fourteenth studio album since starting in 1994, Squarepusher seems hellbent on releasing one of the most powerful and startling records of the year. Returning to his more drum-and-bass meets acid house styling, Jenkinson has captured all of our attention in 2012 with both “Dark Steering” and the brand new “Drax 2.” Ufabulum is out May 15th via Warp.
When somebody talks about Georgia’s Dent May, the first images conjured aren’t usually that of a crowded dance floor overflowing with fog and sweat. But thanks to Norwegian producer Prins Thomas, the first single from June’s Do Things has become exactly that: a ten minute, blissed out abstraction of the originally tingling pop track. Who knew that May and Thomas could be best friends.
For whatever reason, it seems like Joy Orbison was swept under the rug after last year’s love affair with producers like Jamie XX, James Blake, Jamie Woon, Shlomo and the like. Joy O seemed just a bit ahead of the game, but in 2012 he appears to be making a bit of a resurgence. His label Hinge Finger is putting out a new single “Ellipsis,” on May 25th, although no word of an album or anything more substantial on the horizon, unfortunately.
One of the best records in 2010, Shit Robot’s From the Cradle to the Rave was a substantial landmark in the post-LCD Soundsystem DFA Records. With a huge string of singles and remixes to suport the album, Marcus Lambkin has certainly been on top of his game since the album. In 2012, the Shit Bot will return with a brand new single on DFA Records, a 12″ for “Teenage Bass” B/W “Space Race.” There’s a sampler and pre-order available.
UK producer Lone has a new album out this week on the habitually terrific R&S Records. Galaxy Gardens is a followup to the somewhat under appreciated Emerald Fantasy Tracks. The album’s lead single “Crystal Caverns 1991” was a raucous and perfected track that did well to hint at what the rest of the project would be. The classic synth patterns, timely vocal samples and all around schizophrenic nature combine to make one enthralling album.