µ-Ziq

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μ-Ziq (pronounced "music") is an English electronic/IDM project. Originally formed in 1992 as a duo of two former Blue Innocence members Mike Paradinas (keyboards) and Francis Naughton (bass). Francis Naughton left in late 1993, and since that time µ-Ziq became a solo project of Mike Paradinas.
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CAT 013 CD Tango N' Vectif — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq Tango N' Vectif (Album) Rephlex CAT 013 CD UK 1993 Sell This Version
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CAT 018 LP Bluff Limbo — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq Bluff Limbo (Album) Rephlex, Rephlex CAT 018 LP UK 1994 Sell This Version
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FLATDLP20 In Pine Effect — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq In Pine Effect (Album) Hi-Rise Recordings, Hi-Rise Recordings, Planet Mu FLATDLP20 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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PULP5, 7243 8 44309 1 7 Lunatic Harness — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq Lunatic Harness (Album, Comp) Planet Mu, Planet Mu, Hut Recordings, Hut Recordings PULP5, 7243 8 44309 1 7 UK 1997 Sell This Version
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VJCP 68155 Royal Astronomy — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq Royal Astronomy (Album) Hut Recordings, Virgin VJCP 68155 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
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ZIQ070CD Bilious Paths — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq Bilious Paths (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ070CD US 2003 Sell This Version
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ZIQ190CD Duntisbourne Abbots Soulmate Devastation Technique — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq Duntisbourne Abbots Soulmate Devastation Technique (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ190CD UK 2007 Sell This Version
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ZIQ300 Somerset Avenue Tracks (1992-1995) — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq Somerset Avenue Tracks (1992-1995) (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ300 UK 2013 Sell This Version
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ZIQ333 Chewed Corners — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq Chewed Corners (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ333 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
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ZIQ122 RY30 Trax — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq RY30 Trax (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ122 UK 2016
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ZIQ188 Aberystwyth Marine — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq Aberystwyth Marine (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ188 UK 2016
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ZIQ400 Challenge Me Foolish — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq Challenge Me Foolish (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ400 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
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ZIQ438 Secret Garden  — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq & Mrs Jynx µ-Ziq & Mrs Jynx - Secret Garden (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ438 UK 2021 Sell This Version
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AF038LP Scurlage — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq Scurlage (Album) Analogical Force AF038LP Spain 2021 Sell This Version
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ZIQ444X Magic Pony Ride — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq Magic Pony Ride (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ444X Europe 2022 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

HUTMLP20, 7243 8 39973 1 2 The Auteurs Vs µ-Ziq — µ-Ziq 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
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RS 94048 PHI*1700 (U/V) — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq PHI*1700 (U/V) (Maxi) R & S Records RS 94048 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
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FLATT 18 Salsa With Mesquite — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq Salsa With Mesquite (EP) Hi-Rise Recordings, Virgin FLATT 18 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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ZIQDJ1 Dauphine — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq Dauphine(12", S/Sided, Ltd, W/Lbl) Planet Mu ZIQDJ1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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PLUTT 1, PLUTT1, 0170 4 66197 6 9 Urmur Bile Trax Volume 1 — µ-Ziq 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
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PLUTT 4, PLUTT4, 7243 8 94299 6 1 My Little Beautiful — µ-Ziq 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
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PLUTT 2, PLUTT2, 0170 4 66198 6 8 Urmur Bile Trax Volume 2 — µ-Ziq 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
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ASW 6235-2 Brace Yourself — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq Brace Yourself (EP) Astralwerks ASW 6235-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
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ASW 6276-2 The Fear — µ-Ziq µ-Ziq The Fear (Single) Hut Recordings, Virgin ASW 6276-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
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HUTCDP121 The Hwicci Song — µ-Ziq µZiq* The Hwicci Song(CDr, Single, Promo) Hut Recordings HUTCDP121 UK 1999 Sell This Version

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cutjules

cutjules

June 27, 2022
edited about 1 month ago
There would be no RDJ without MP and vice versa. If you love one's work, you probably will love other's too. Listening to both make you understand how they inspired each other. I don't say they're doing the same music, but they experiment in a same way and are complementary in IDM genre. It took me a while to dig in µ-Ziq as most of his release contains various kind of styles/mood but trust me it's way rewarding. I advice to start with 1993-1998 period, followed by 2013-2015, and 2018-2021.
noviellion

noviellion

June 13, 2018
edited over 4 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 7 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 7 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 8 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.
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Illabadilla

Illabadilla

September 18, 2001
edited over 21 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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