Vic Acid isn't a particularly compelling single release from Squarepusher. The title track is by far the most enjoying moment. "Vic Acid" is three minutes of decent but dated drum'n'bass from a time before Tom Jenkinson built a jazz fixation. "Lone Raver," billed as a phony live mix, is comprised of more straightforward jungle themes, with scrambled, ringing electronic sounds not amounting to much. It sounds like Caustic Window-lite, as Jenkinson seems to pull a page from his friend Richard James (aka Aphex Twin). "Fat Controller" replaces the ringing sounds with a beeping vibe for more of the same. "The Barn" doesn't fare much better, with ringing and beeping replaced by buzzing. It doesn't appear that much thought went into the arrangements on Vic Acid, as the B-sides can't sustain a listener's interest. There's not much of a reason to look into Vic Acid, as it's a rather pale companion to its full-length parent Hard Normal Daddy.
Vic Acid Review
by Tim DiGravina