Squarepusher to reissue debut album Feed Me Weird Things
The Aphex-curated debut Squarepusher album turns 25
Pic: Rob Hann
With the classic lead single ‘Theme From Ernest Borgnine’ already re-released on streaming services, the full album will is scheduled to be released 25 years to the day of its original release in 1996, June 4.
This edition has been remastered from Squarepusher’s original DAT tapes, and contains two extra tracks – one of which appeared on the artist’s ‘Plays…’ EP, and the other appearing exclusively on the Japanese version of the album.
With the album recorded when the artist was only 19 years old, it also includes a new 16-page booklet with personal photographs, ephemera and notes from Squarepusher himself, throwing light on the early days of his career.
The album highlights a close friendship and rivalry between Jenkinson and Aphex Twin at the time of its original release, with Aphex’s ‘Hangable Auto Bulb’ released in 1995, and cited officially as an influence.
Aphex Twin curated the tracklist for ‘Feed Me Weird Things’ from the original tapes. The record also includes sleeve notes written by James – the only time he has done so for another artist. They read: “The Squarepusher is someone who wonders what the holes of a flute sound like without the flute. Sound like sound never sounded before, Richard Rodgers and Julie Andrews gave us the Sound of music, and Simon and Garfunkel gave us the Sound of silence and now the Squarepusher gives us the SOUND of SOUND.”
After hearing ‘Feed Me Weird Things’, Warp founder Steve Beckett signed Jenkinson to the label, leading to the ‘Port Rhumbus’ EP which came out later the same year, and the follow-up album ‘Hard Normal Daddy’ appearing in 1997.
The reissue will be released on June 4 on Warp, and will be released on 2×12” black, orange and clear vinyl, alongside a 10” celebratory booklet, and digital and CD formats.