µ-Ziq

Real Name:
Michael Robert Paradinas
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Michael Robert Paradinas (born 26 September 1971, in Wimbledon, United Kingdom), who works primarily under the name μ-Ziq (pronounced "music") is an English musician in the field of electronic music. He runs the Planet Mu label.
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Albums

CAT 013 CD µ-Ziq - Tango N' Vectif album art µ-Ziq Tango N' Vectif (Album) Rephlex CAT 013 CD UK 1993 Sell This Version
CAT 018 LP µ-Ziq - Bluff Limbo album art µ-Ziq Bluff Limbo (Album) Rephlex, Rephlex CAT 018 LP UK 1994 Sell This Version
FLATDLP20 µ-Ziq - In Pine Effect album art µ-Ziq In Pine Effect (Album) Hi-Rise Recordings, Hi-Rise Recordings, Planet Mu FLATDLP20 UK 1995 Sell This Version
PULP5, 7243 8 44309 1 7 µ-Ziq - Lunatic Harness album art µ-Ziq Lunatic Harness (Album) Planet Mu, Planet Mu, Hut Recordings, Hut Recordings PULP5, 7243 8 44309 1 7 UK 1997 Sell This Version
VJCP 68155 µ-Ziq - Royal Astronomy album art µ-Ziq Royal Astronomy (Album) Hut Recordings, Virgin VJCP 68155 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
ZIQ070CD µ-Ziq - Bilious Paths album art µ-Ziq Bilious Paths (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ070CD US 2003 Sell This Version
ZIQ190CD µ-Ziq - Duntisbourne Abbots Soulmate Devastation Technique album art µ-Ziq Duntisbourne Abbots Soulmate Devastation Technique (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ190CD UK 2007 Sell This Version
ZIQ300 µ-Ziq - Somerset Avenue Tracks (1992-1995) album art µ-Ziq Somerset Avenue Tracks (1992-1995) (Album, Comp) Planet Mu ZIQ300 UK 2013 Sell This Version
ZIQ333 µ-Ziq - Chewed Corners album art µ-Ziq Chewed Corners (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ333 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
ZIQ122 µ-Ziq - RY30 Trax album art µ-Ziq RY30 Trax (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ122 UK 2016
ZIQ188 µ-Ziq - Aberystwyth Marine album art µ-Ziq Aberystwyth Marine (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ188 UK 2016
ZIQ400 µ-Ziq - Challenge Me Foolish album art µ-Ziq Challenge Me Foolish (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ400 Europe 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HUTMLP20, 7243 8 39973 1 2 µ-Ziq - The Auteurs Vs µ-Ziq album art The Auteurs Vs µ-Ziq The Auteurs Vs µ-Ziq - The Auteurs Vs µ-Ziq (EP) Hut Recordings, Hut Recordings, Hut Recordings HUTMLP20, 7243 8 39973 1 2 UK 1994 Sell This Version
RS 94048 µ-Ziq - PHI*1700 (U/V) album art µ-Ziq PHI*1700 (U/V) (Maxi) R & S Records RS 94048 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
FLATT 18 µ-Ziq - Salsa With Mesquite album art µ-Ziq Salsa With Mesquite (EP) Hi-Rise Recordings, Virgin FLATT 18 UK 1995 Sell This Version
ZIQDJ1 µ-Ziq - Dauphine album art µ-Ziq Dauphine(12", S/Sided, Ltd, W/Lbl) Planet Mu ZIQDJ1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
PLUTT 1, PLUTT1, 0170 4 66197 6 9 µ-Ziq - Urmur Bile Trax Volume 1 album art µ-Ziq Urmur Bile Trax Volume 1 Planet Mu, Planet Mu, Hut Recordings PLUTT 1, PLUTT1, 0170 4 66197 6 9 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLUTT 4, PLUTT4, 7243 8 94299 6 1 µ-Ziq - My Little Beautiful album art µ-Ziq My Little Beautiful (Single) Planet Mu, Planet Mu, Hut Recordings PLUTT 4, PLUTT4, 7243 8 94299 6 1 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLUTT 2, PLUTT2, 0170 4 66198 6 8 µ-Ziq - Urmur Bile Trax Volume 2 album art µ-Ziq Urmur Bile Trax Volume 2(12") Planet Mu, Planet Mu, Hut Recordings PLUTT 2, PLUTT2, 0170 4 66198 6 8 UK 1997 Sell This Version
ASW 6235-2 µ-Ziq - Brace Yourself album art µ-Ziq Brace Yourself (EP) Astralwerks ASW 6235-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
ASW 6276-2 µ-Ziq - The Fear album art µ-Ziq The Fear (Single) Hut Recordings, Virgin ASW 6276-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
HUTCDP121 µ-Ziq - The Hwicci Song album art µZiq* The Hwicci Song(CDr, Single, Promo) Hut Recordings HUTCDP121 UK 1999 Sell This Version
none µ-Ziq - http://the-raft.com EP album art µ-Ziq http://the-raft.com EP(5xFile, MP3, EP, 192) the-raft.com none UK 1999
ZIQ130 µ-Ziq - Ease Up album art µ-Ziq Ease Up Planet Mu ZIQ130 UK 2005 Sell This Version
ZIQ332 µ-Ziq - XTEP album art µ-Ziq XTEP (EP) Planet Mu ZIQ332 UK 2013 Sell This Version

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noviellion

noviellion

June 13, 2018
edited over 2 years ago
The yang of Aphex's yin. Pulsing dirty breaks and tones with melodic layers packed on for a proper idm mineral snack bar. A little more raw than most but with quality control intact. His label is extremely prolific and continues to push forward in the vein of electronic breaks and quirky atmospheres. Legendary status at the top of his game.
v1bertizm

v1bertizm

September 8, 2017
Out of all of the IDM guys out there, I think µ-Ziq outshines them all - at least my favourite out of the bunch. He's got a style that is a lot less individualistic and way more accessible, which confuses me to this day as it feels like he has the least amount of exposure. His albums are not perfected gems but one isn't better than the others - each of them is fantastic and make up an incredibly consistent discography, which in my opinion Aphex and Squarepusher have struggled to maintain. Lunatic Harness is a personal favourite and I would recommend you give that a listen first, and his Somerset Avenue Tracks compilation is also amazing.
AmenAndrews

AmenAndrews

October 12, 2015
Apart from being a pioneer of the electronic music of the 90s, you can tell by his music that he is a true musician, with his own distinctive style on the keyboards.
AskeladdenBlack

AskeladdenBlack

July 9, 2015
edited over 5 years ago
I first got into µ-Ziq when Tango came out and I loved that album and have bought every album & most 12"s since but I gotta say that I do find the same sounds & pitch bending that are on every single album including the Kid Spatula & Slazenger stuff does drag a little as does the fairly straight arrangement on most of his tracks, not to mention that sonically its generally not great.
Not saying every track is the same and I do love so many of his tracks but I do think there has been a lot of filler.
Self releasing albums is sometimes a tricky thing choosing what songs to keep and which ones to cut due to being way to close to your own music.
Vephthode

Vephthode

May 4, 2015
In case some are not aware Mike P has been uploading a huge amount of formerly unreleased material on Soundcloud now available for download:
https://soundcloud.com/mikep
teh_grinder

teh_grinder

March 8, 2015
edited over 5 years ago
The prolific Mike Paradinas's main vehicle for IDM extravaganza. Even if he hasn't released a bad album (with the exception of the auteurs remix which was awful, but not all his fault, cuz you can only do so much with crap) he also hasn't achieved perfection. To this day I find "In Pine Effect" and "Lunatic Harness" his most interesting, although his new stuff isn't bad aswell. I suggest you start out with those two and then the rest.
drexcia2

drexcia2

May 19, 2014
edited over 6 years ago
Mike Paradinas must be one of the most underrated artist of modern times not because of any think bad but rather minimal exposure through his career.

I have only recently discovered him despite listening to nothing but electronic music since 1990 and covering every genre but some how I missed µ-Ziq. This amazes me because his music is nothing short of amazing. I think if he would of signed to Warp Records he would of got more exposure and would of reached a wider audience but he chose to go it alone through his own label Planet Mu which is revered. Its been a blessing in disguise listening to his back catalogue and his kid spatula material. I have never heard anyone in the electronic field match him regarding melody's. He is a master in this department along with his classic Amen break beats. The textures he paints are full of lush colours with a very soothing effect. Its like honey to the ears listening to all his tracks. I have come to the conclusion all his remix work is better than the originals themselves and there are many in number of course everybody loves "Hasty Boom Alert" but I could never pick a favourite track simply because most of his material is Awesome and it would be impossible.

So does µ-Ziq warrant the status of similar artist like Aphex Twin, Autechre, Luke Vibert, Plaid and Square Pusher of course he does if not more so than the aforementioned. His music destroys square pusher's with ease that's not to say Tom Jenkins is weak but rather no comparison to µ-Ziq who's music is far more accessible. What I love about µ-Ziq is he has kept some of the rave ethos in his music from the hazy days of 1992 and added his own distinct sound which is like no other. He is truly unique this is what may have made him less well known as he kept it underground. I cant think of any other reason. To sum his music up in one word I would say Sublime and this man deserves far more credit for what he has achieved for electronic music. He must be an inspiration to many other artist and you cant buy that. µ-Ziq I salute you for producing some of the best music I have ever heard.
Illabadilla

Illabadilla

September 18, 2001
edited over 19 years ago
Mike Paradinas, the man behind U-ziq, is an absolute genius. In the mid 90's he hung out with similar artists such as Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher), Richard D. James (Aphex Twin), and Luke vibert (Plug, Wagon Christ) His style feature more funk/jazzish stylings, with flowing atmospherics with a spacey feel. Very fast.

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