Monday, 10 February 2014

Buckethead • Day of the Robot

The most consistent and coherent-sounding of Buckethead's releases to date (two qualities usually absent from his earlier works). Most often referred to as his "jungle album" (it features rhythm tracks by U.K. beat scientist DJ Ninj), the hyperspeed breaks are actually the least interesting aspect of the album, which is instead notable for its steady and inspired, chaos-by-design integration of diverse elements (treated guitars, keyboards and pianos, loping bass, etc.). Much of the credit for this goes to Bill Laswell's excellent production.

1. Destroyer
a. Speed Flux Quadrant
b. Inclusion
c. Exhaust Release

2. Flying Guillotine

3. Quantum Crash

4. Collision

5. Caution Drop

Buckethead • guitars
Ninj (2,3,4,5) • bass, drums, keyboards
Bill Laswell • low bass, drums

Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA and Greenpoint Studio,
Brooklyn, NY
Rhythm tracks for 2,3,4 and 5 created in the UK by Ninj
Engineering in San Francisco: Oz Fritz
Assistant in San Fransisco: Mike Johnson
Engineering at Greenpoint: Robert Musso
Mastered by Robert Musso and Anton Fier

Produced by Bill Laswell

Label: Sub Meta ‎– SM 9804
Format: 320
Country: US
Released: 1996
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Breakbeat, Drum n Bass, Heavy Metal


  1. Buckethead has been on a tear lately releasing about 40 some thirty minute albums in the last couple years. A curious state of affairs that I don't really understand.

    1. I first noticed this trend with Pete Namlook which was picked up by Laswell and some others.
      It cured my Laswell completism as I simply lost interest...