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

µ-Ziq Discography


CAT 013 Musiq* Tango N' Vectif (Album) Rephlex CAT 013 UK 1993 Sell This Version
CAT 018 LP µ-Ziq Bluff Limbo (Album) Rephlex, Rephlex CAT 018 LP UK 1994 Sell This Version
FLATDLP20 µ-Ziq In Pine Effect (Album) Hi-Rise Recordings FLATDLP20 UK 1995 Sell This Version
724384430924 µ-Ziq Lunatic Harness (Album) Planet Mu, Virgin 724384430924 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
VJCP 68155 µ-Ziq Royal Astronomy (Album) Hut Recordings, Virgin VJCP 68155 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
ZIQ070CD µ-Ziq Bilious Paths (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ070CD US 2003 Sell This Version
ZIQ190CD µ-Ziq Duntisbourne Abbots Soulmate Devastation Technique (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ190CD UK 2007 Sell This Version
none µ-Ziq Rotterdam Containerfest Mix(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) Not On Label (µ-Ziq Self-released) none UK 2012
ZIQ333CD µ-Ziq Chewed Corners (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ333CD UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
ZIQ122 µ-Ziq RY30 Trax (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ122 UK 2016
ZIQ188 µ-Ziq Aberystwyth Marine(17xFile, FLAC, Album) Planet Mu ZIQ188 UK 2016

Singles & EPs

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

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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.


July 9, 2015
edited about 1 year 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.


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:


March 8, 2015
edited 10 months 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.


May 19, 2014
edited over 2 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.


September 18, 2001
edited over 14 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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