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  • Summary: The first new solo full-length studio release in five years for the British electronic artist features vintage analogue equipment.
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  • Record Label: Warp
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Electronica, Pop/Rock, IDM, Jungle/Drum'n'Bass, Experimental Jungle, Drill'n'bass
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Feb 13, 2020
    80
    Your response to Be Up A Hello will depend on your tolerance for Squarepusher’s virtuosic onslaughts. It can be as exhausting as it’s exhilarating. If there’s a sameness to the BPM readings of the up-tempo tracks a deeper listen reveals the layers that are buried beneath the frenzy and show Squarepusher has lost none of his edge.
  2. Jan 29, 2020
    80
    After several records of heady composition and high-concept music, Be Up a Hello is refreshingly direct. Without simply revisiting a bygone golden era, Jenkinson reconsiders some of his old ways, taking some of his more familiar ideas to new, strange places. As always.
  3. 80
    On the whole, the album is excellent. It’s a return to what Squarepusher is known most prominently for but his style has developed since the '90s.
  4. Feb 4, 2020
    80
    Be Up a Hello is Jenkinson’s strongest album for a decade and is easily up there with his best work.
  5. Feb 4, 2020
    70
    Absorbing a Squarepusher LP in one sitting has always been for more adventurous or diligent listeners, but the dank final section means that, outside of more hardcore fans, Be Up A Hello will probably need to be navigated in exactly the right sort of mood.
  6. The Wire
    Feb 5, 2020
    70
    The nine tracks here compact his characteristic baroque late jungle excesses into compact, juddering frames. While they still rarely swing, their frenetic motion carries bent and warping keys, rolling breakbeats and maddened blarps of synth towards a clear endpoint. [Feb 2020, p.58]
  7. Mojo
    Jan 28, 2020
    60
    As restless and fidgety as ever. [Feb 2020, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 14, 2020
    9
    Definetely Squarepusher's best in a decade. Every song is a banger. Also, the ambient songs are beautiful as well. Very technical and a greatDefinetely Squarepusher's best in a decade. Every song is a banger. Also, the ambient songs are beautiful as well. Very technical and a great listen from front to back! Expand
  2. Feb 1, 2020
    5
    Listened to oberlove and hitsonu.. probably more suited to listeners under 15.. high energy but too manic for my ears