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Posted 04 December 2018 - 02:11 PM

The majority of the Somerset tracks are really good. It's strange to think that these were possibly the rejected tracks when curating tracks for releases in the 90s. Did they sound too weird at the time compared to the more straightforward tracks that ended up being on releases? There are great pop hooks on Somerset with proper melodic changes that work very well! The mixes and the chosen sound palettes sound a lot more worked on too. It's by far his best work, imo.



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Posted 04 December 2018 - 05:17 PM

The majority of the Somerset tracks are really good. It's strange to think that these were possibly the rejected tracks when curating tracks for releases in the 90s. Did they sound too weird at the time compared to the more straightforward tracks that ended up being on releases? There are great pop hooks on Somerset with proper melodic changes that work very well! The mixes and the chosen sound palettes sound a lot more worked on too. It's by far his best work, imo.


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Posted 07 December 2018 - 03:06 PM

ZIQ122
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RY30 Trax
Released 13-05-2016

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Planet Mu site: https://planet.mu/releases/ry30-trax/
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RY30 Trax were made in 1995 while µ-Ziq aka Mike Paradinas was recording Jake Slazenger material for Warp. They were always intended to belong together as an album and now we’re proud to make them available to you twenty years later.

 

WARPCD42
Jake Slazenger
Das Ist Ein Groovybeat, Ja
Released 08-07-1996

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Classic Mike 'Mu-ziq' Paradinas production on Warp!


WAP 75
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Nautilus
Released 10-06-1996

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Single from back in the day - 1996 to be exact with Jake Slazenger, aka Mike Paradinas aka mr Planet Mu, rocking down the house with some lush lo-fi jazzy electronic funk fun.


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Posted 07 December 2018 - 05:12 PM

So EKT is probably the earliest Mike P work I am familiar with.  I jumped on board with him at Royal Astronomy and have never really explored much of the earlier work.



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Posted 08 December 2018 - 12:29 PM

So EKT is probably the earliest Mike P work I am familiar with. I jumped on board with him at Royal Astronomy and have never really explored much of the earlier work.


Start with Somerset Ave.

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 08:34 AM

RY30 continues the trend of these archival releases being better than the albums he put back in the day I'd say. I like the emphasis (and I'm gonna contradict myself on what I said about tango n vectif) on subdued groovy tracks over the earlier, over the top superdistorted tracks he seemed to favor in the early days; there's no "Toy Gun #2" or "Metal Thing #1" here fortunately. Highlights for me are Mydrovip (though maybe it didnt need to be 9 minutes long), Fortuna, Sinusoidal (very good track this one) and Bombadub - absolute low point would be Adenoidal with the cheesy trance melody or whatever the hell that is, and the rest of the tracks range from quite good from good enough. Overall a pleasant listen, nothing really mindblowing but not as derivatively boring as say, spatula freak

 

and then theres the jake slazenger album which uuuh... not really my thing, felt like muzak for most of its runtime to me. Not a fun of... muziq-fied 80s electro? Is that what it is?

 

 

So EKT is probably the earliest Mike P work I am familiar with. I jumped on board with him at Royal Astronomy and have never really explored much of the earlier work.


Start with Somerset Ave.

 

 

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Urmur Bile Trax
Released 27-01-1997

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Shaped To Make Your Life Easier
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Posted 10 December 2018 - 11:09 AM

Both wicked albums.



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Posted 10 December 2018 - 11:14 AM

urmur bile is very wet



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Posted 10 December 2018 - 12:04 PM

Both wicked albums.



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Posted 12 December 2018 - 10:48 AM

urmur bile was pretty fun, wasn't expecting it to be as much of a conventional DnB record as it is. Pretty good, pretty stripped back (was expecting mike to instantly go balls to the wall at this point)
same with the gary moscheles one, more enjoyable than Groovybeat

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Posted 13 December 2018 - 11:14 AM

CDPU5 / PULP5
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Lunatic Harness
Released 30-06-1997

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My Little Beautiful / Brace Yourself
Released June 97 / May 98

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Posted 13 December 2018 - 11:33 AM

Probably just the nostalgia talking, but I feel like Lunatic Harness is absolutely unbeatable.  I was in college when this came out, and my discman consistently had this, Hard Normal Daddy and Tally Ho for a good 8 month period.  Tango n'Vectif consistently wars with this as my favorite mike p release ever.



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Posted 13 December 2018 - 11:41 AM

fuck yeah.. all of those.. love em to bits

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Posted 13 December 2018 - 11:45 AM

fuck yeah.. all of those.. love em to bits



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Posted 13 December 2018 - 04:32 PM

Lunatic Harness is absolutely unbeatable.



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Posted 13 December 2018 - 04:51 PM

Lunatic Harness is absolutely unbeatable.



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Posted 14 December 2018 - 10:49 AM

I totally haven't been keeping up but I listened to Lunatic Harness this morning and it's not bad at all. First two tracks were very good but a bit in the Aphex domain, and the title track annoyed me but otherwise I liked the album. It felt very much tied to the times in ways, hearing something 'new' (i'm pretty sure i've heard some stuff from this album at some point) from that era does have a touch of that dated feeling, but overall it wasn't bad. The songs worked despite any of that, for the most part. I've never been too keen on the constant DNB/amen breaks style stuff really, but this worked nonetheless. I sound like I'm whining more than praising, but it was enjoyable. Midwinter Log was lovely, Catkin and Teasel was pretty unique to my ears, Wannabe was about 6 minutes too long. :P



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Posted 14 December 2018 - 11:24 AM

Catkin and Teasel is in my top 10 Mike P tracks tbh. 

 

Beautiful unmatched melodies where the track breaks down towards the end.



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Posted 15 December 2018 - 03:26 PM

I totally haven't been keeping up but I listened to Lunatic Harness this morning and it's not bad at all. First two tracks were very good but a bit in the Aphex domain, and the title track annoyed me but otherwise I liked the album. It felt very much tied to the times in ways, hearing something 'new' (i'm pretty sure i've heard some stuff from this album at some point) from that era does have a touch of that dated feeling, but overall it wasn't bad. The songs worked despite any of that, for the most part. I've never been too keen on the constant DNB/amen breaks style stuff really, but this worked nonetheless. I sound like I'm whining more than praising, but it was enjoyable. Midwinter Log was lovely, Catkin and Teasel was pretty unique to my ears, Wannabe was about 6 minutes too long. :P


agree with pretty much everything you said... listening to these albums many years after having discovered idm I'm not as completely wowed by it, but it is a good album. Everyone seems to agree melodies are mike's stronger suit, but I didn't quite feel it until this album with Brace Yourself Jason, Secret Stair... As with all ziq albums it could've done with some fat trimming - Approaching Menace didn't need to be 7 mins long, Wannabe could've been shorter too (and not so distorted), could've just removed London entirely. But overall, good album; sadly doesn't outshine any of his peers from that time in any particular aspect, but still enjoyable.

Nothing noteworthy on the b-sides imo - just more of the same throwaways, for better and worse. Nothing offensive (besides Worcester sounding like 2 diff tracks playing at once) but nothing great either

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Posted Yesterday, 11:15 AM   Best Answer

ZIQ188
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Aberystwyth Marine
Released 04-02-2016

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Planet Mu site: https://planet.mu/re...ystwyth-marine/
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Abersytwyth Marine is a long lost µ-Ziq album whose tracks were written in the period 1996 to 1998, between Lunatic Harness and Royal Astronomy.


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the last of the muziq albums before we get started with planet mu proper

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Posted Yesterday, 11:48 AM

thank FUCK





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