Warp - 2001 – 49 minutes
Mr Pusher, aka Tom Jenkinson is the protégé of another alias adopter – Richard James aka the Aphex Twin. James' Rephlex label picked up on Jenkinson's brand of paranoid, jazz-peppered drum 'n' bass. He released his first full-length album, 'Feed Me Weird Things' on Rephlex before climbing aboard the Warp ship.
The best track without doubt is the robotic two-step frenzy that is 'My Red Hot Car', with its vocoder accounts of aspirational activity in a ruddy coloured vehicle. From there, this 49-minute piece of plastic chugs and chops along like an out-of- control pneumatic drill.
'Go Spastic' momentarily relents on the chaos front into soothing hip-hop beats 'n' scratches before slipping into LFO-style techno D 'n' B and tailing off eerily. Many of the tracks reach a plateau and have a listenable interlude, notably on 'The Exploding Psychology' and 'I Wish I Could Talk' which demonstrate the most potential. However, the aural assault resumes sharpish and at times the album resembles a fight in a robot factory.
While there's no doubting the pusher's world-wide reputation, albeit in niche technoid circles, his coterie of tunes are an acquired taste. Not altogether discordant, but if listening to car alarms is your bag, this is the album for you.
Tracklisting: My Red Hot Car – Boneville Occident – Go! Spastic – Metteng Excuske v1.2 – The Exploding Psychology – I Wish You Could Talk – Greenways Trajectory – Tommib – My F**king Sound – Plaistow Flex Out