Four months after Warp released the 11th Analord
volume, the label combined the two Hangable Auto Bulb
singles from 1995 and issued the result as this convenient disc, a way to signify the tenth anniversary of the original vinyl releases. A lot of IDM analysts point to these tracks as drill'n'bass at its most innovative and best, and it would be difficult to devise a convincing opposing argument, unless it's possible to make early Squarepusher
releases seem as if they're untethered and elaborate for more than the sake of being untethered and elaborate. "Hangable Auto Bulb" itself is the central track, initially a thrillingly unpredictable labyrinth of time-stretched sounds, skidding drum patterns, firing ride cymbals, and ambient chords that would be effective on their own. After that first braced listen, it reveals the kind of complex arrangement of sounds that demonstrates how Richard D. James
wasn't splattering his components willy-nilly. If that doesn't get the point across, "Laughable Butane Bob" will, as it magnifies its parent track in most ways, from the further-developed melody to the crisper percussion rushes. James
would apply the root ideas explored here to the more sinister and humorous Come to Daddy
, but this is an undeniably pivotal part of the man's discography.