Squarepusher Solo Electric Bass Volume 1(Warp) Buy it from Insound
I play the bass guitar. I put a lot of time into it and fancy myself to be above average. I also just had the cold, hard truth that I will never even be half the bassist Squarepusher is rubbed in my face for forty minutes by his Solo Electric Bass Vol. 1. I’ve always known this somewhere in the back of my mind - I even made (failed) attempts at bass centered electronic a in high school to emulate him - but hearing him execute a series of solos that I can’t even imagine playing has driven that point home. I finished listening both depressed and astounded.
It’s rare for an electronic musician to demonstrate this level of proficiency at a traditional instrument. The ability to blend soulless electronic with a blazing bass line has made him a standout in the genre. But as talented as he may be as a bass soloist, he is an electronic musician at heart. The bass is the defining feature of his electronic and his strongest tool, but it’s just that: a tool. His compositions aren’t merely backing music for him to show off his technical excellence, they are great standalone songs. That’s severely lacking here.