Shobaleader One “Elektrac” (WARP Records)
via Juno: Way back in 2010, Tom Jenkinson decided he’d had enough of working on his own as Squarepusher, and formed a band.
The result was the Shobaleader One, an outfit seemingly inspired – in part, at least – by mask-wearing dance-pop robots Daft Punk. The album that followed, “d’Demonstrator”, took some of Jenkinson’s influences – electro, IDM, jazz – and fused them with art-rock, synth-pop, jazz-funk and a dash of ’70s psychedelia.
On this belated follow-up, Jenkinson has decided to flip the script, eschewing new compositions in favour of recording 11 covers of vintage Squarepusher material. Given his involvement in both projects it’s no surprise that these full-band interpretations work well. It’s a smart move financially, too, as the band will be touring Europe later in the spring.Purchase Album