It's a fair question, considering how widely Jenkinson careens between moods and noise on Ultravisitor's sixteen cuts. Yes, the record sports typical Squarepusher tracks that fold understated fusion solos on synth and guitar into the producer's ultrafast, distorted-but-melodic version of drum 'n' bass (often termed "drill 'n' bass"). But the album also dips unpredictably into some meditative moments, such as the short classical guitar interlude "Andrei" and the fitful improv "I Fulcrum," played on electronically affected jazz guitar; the album even includes some digitally singed futurist spoken-word over the downtempo beats of "50 Cycles." It's Ultravisitor's dizzying title track, though, that reassures you Jenkinson hasn't mellowed with age: He raises the tune out of a quietly droning mire, then lets the sinewy breakbeats fly, mixing in dense melody lines only to have them ricochet back, creating a wonderful sonic mess. Next he immerses half of the song in a beatless chord progression played on a church organ. Do we know Squarepusher? Ultravisitor lets us revel in the inescapable answer: Hell no.
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