Be Up a Hello

Squarepusher - Be Up a Hello
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #364 / 673
User Score
Based on 225 ratings
2020 Ratings: #633
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January 31, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warp / Label
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God Is in the TV

It’s an endlessly fascinating mixture of the nimble and the clumsy, but never overwhelmed by its complexity.


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.


Squarepusher's Be Up a Hello asserts that what some would consider an outmoded sound palette can still be mined for fresh ideas, that IDM in its golden-age variety has yet to reach its zenith.

The Line of Best Fit

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.


What we have here is yet another brain-melting album from an artist who refuses to stand still.

Loud and Quiet

It’s clear that Be Up a Hello was written with the past in mind, but there’s nothing creaky or dated about it. It’s a love letter to his fans, and perhaps the perfect entry point for new ones.

Crack Magazine

25 years into his career, Jenkinson’s lost none of his mischievousness.

Northern Transmissions

‘Be Up A Hello’ is an adventure to be approached with caution, only the most intrepid explorers need apply for this mission deep into this hostile environment.

The Needle Drop

While not as cohesive as Squarepusher's seminal works, Be Up a Hello is his most solid work in at least a decade.


With its glitchy bedlam and mischievous spirit, the album does offer moments of gleeful chaos, yet it’s hard to shake the feeling that it’s a facsimile, a simulacrum.

The Guardian

Ultimately Be Up a Hello is a fun albeit bumpy ride through future-retroism, best felt in the moment itself.


Squarepusher is now a long way down his own less-trodden path, and as such Be Up A Hello doesn’t sound like much else out there.

Squarepusher comes through with a collection of bleepity bloop IDM / Drum And Bass music, and while repetitive it's a fun album nonetheless. The sound's very wild and dizzying although not entirely inaccessible, and for the most part it succeeds at being a very energetic and glitchy album. That's all I got. Good stuff!

favourite tracks: Nervelevers, Terminal Slam, Speedcrank, Hitsonu, Mekrev Bass
least favourite: 80 Ondula

Summary: Vinesauce ROM Corrupter
I've always had a soft-spot for Squarepusher's/Tom Jenkinson style of IDM, a style that stood out from all of the rest at the time, that succesfully fused his incredible bass work, with a frenetic mix of drums and electronics. While others in the genre were soley sticking to only electronics, Squarepusher made IDM sound tangible and down to earth with the addition of his instruments that were not sequenced. To this day, my favorite album of his is Hard Normal Daddy, a fantastic release packed ... read more
"Be Up a Hello" delivers on both the energetic IDM and the slower, more meticulous realms of the electronic spectrum Squarepusher is known for. There are a few highlights like "Terminal Slam" and "Detroit People Mover" that test both these sounds, but I wish the record supplied newer ideas into the genre.

Fav Tracks: Terminal Slam, Nervelevers, Detroit People Mover, Speedcrank, Hitsonu

Least Fav Track: 80 Ondula

Very Good
drilling my dick :3 xoxo feelin kinda funky
a very fun breakbeat/idm album. some tracks don't stick out, but i still enjoyed this album a lot. i've only listened to hard normal daddy, so i can't compare this to his other albums, but this is pretty accessible if you want to get into squarepusher ig. it is a little anticlimactic tho.

fav tracks: oberlove, hitsonu, nervelevers, speedcrank, detroit people movers, vortrack, terminal slam
worst track: mekrev bass (but this track is saved a bit by the build-up at the end)
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Track List

  1. Oberlove
  2. Hitsonu
  3. Nervelevers
  4. Speedcrank
  5. Detroit People Mover
  6. Vortrack
  7. Terminal Slam
  8. Mekrev Bass
  9. 80 Ondula
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Added on: November 20, 2019