It could have been his junglist garage pastiche ‘My Red Hot Car’. Or it could have been the burning 303 d&b of ‘Vic Acid’. In Tom Jenkinson aka Squarepusher’s dizzying discography, there’s more than a fair share of game changers. But ‘Squarepusher Theme’, from his debut album ‘Feed Me Weird Things’ on Aphex Twin’s Rephlex label, takes the cake.
The Game Changer is taking a slightly different form this month. Usually it focuses on seminal tracks, but when it comes to the emergence of dubstep it was a compilation — mixed by DJ Hatcha from Croydon's Big Apple record shop — that truly kick-started the scene... Budding young garage DJ Terry Leonard, aka Hatcha, was just 16 or 17 when he started working in the Big Apple record shop in Croydon in the early noughties.
Loco Dice 'Seeing Through Shadows' (m_nus)
In the mid-noughties, techno was at a crossroads. Sidelined by the glamour of electroclash, the booming bass riddims of breakbeat, drum & bass and the nascent dubstep scene, and house music’s enduring funk-tionality, techno had travelled into a cultural cul-de-sac. Increasingly made up of abrasive panel-beating tracks, it was basically too banging — and too blokey.