µ-Ziq ‎– Challenge Me Foolish - 2018 Electronic Brks New Wave Synth IDM 2LP

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µ-Ziq ‎– Challenge Me Foolish

Planet Mu ‎– ZIQ400, Planet Mu ‎– ZIQ 400
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
13 Apr 2018
Electronic, Pop
New Wave, Synth-pop, IDM


A1 Inclement
A2 Undone
A3 Challenge Me Foolish
Featuring – Kazumi


B1 Bassbins
B2 Robin Hood Gate
B3 Perhaps
B4 Durian
Featuring – Kazumi


C1 Ceiling
C2 Lexicon
Featuring – Kazumi

C3 Perfame
C4 Playbox


D1 Sad Inlay
Featuring – Kazumi

D2 Peek Freans
D3- DoDaDu
Featuring – Kazumi


Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Planet Mu Records Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Planet Mu Records Ltd.
Published By – Planet Mu
Mastered At – Ten Eight Seven Mastering
Lacquer Cut At – Ten Eight Seven Mastering
Artwork – Tyrone Williams (9)
Design – Fabian Harb, Joseph Shakespeare
Lacquer Cut By – Beau*
Mastered By – Beau Thomas
Printed inner sleeves.

( pitchfork) ' Challenge Me Foolish could be considered the third entry in this unofficial trilogy. Where RY30 Trax dates back to 1995 and Aberystwyth Marine covers the two years between Lunatic Harness and Royal Astronomy, Foolish culls tracks from 1998 and 1999, right as he was finishing Astronomy and Planet Mu was taking form. It was a heady time for Paradinas, who was drawing on rapid-fire IDM, breakbeats, and even English folk music. Unlike James, Paradinas also mixed in a hefty dose of American hip-hop, weaving all of it together at a furious pace. He recently said that he recorded as much as he could in those days, often a track or two a day, and a sense of redundancy shows. The wincing Ren Faire melodies from Astronomy (like “Gruber’s Mandolin”) return as Paradinas pulls the green tights on again for tracks like “Robin Hood Gate” and “Perfame,” and 20 years in mothballs hasn’t made them any less annoying.

But in the intervening years, breakbeats have become fashionable again, so a dusted-off track like “Undone” doesn’t sound quite as dated, with Paradinas playfully bouncing between tympani boom, percolator bip, and dramatic background strings. The snare drum swagger of “Playbox” reminds us that he always had a knack for balancing between IDM and hip-hop breaks. But “Bassbins” also shows that the more aggro and cartoonish take on it (which anticipated the rise of breakcore) remains out of fashion for good reason.


The Japanese vocalist Kazumi, who featured on the Royal Astronomy highlights “The Fear” and “Goodbye, Goodbye,” reappears on five of the album’s 14 tracks. Paradinas stretches and warps her voice into an array of shapes—though as is his wont, even that becomes overkill. For the drill ‘n’ bass dizziness of “Lexicon,” Kazumi’s coos get buried under a rockslide of goofball drums and chipmunk-fast vocal chirps. Same when he speeds up the “Amen” break, only to dump it atop her dulcet vocals on “Sad Inlay.” But Paradinas is more playful in chopping up her doo-dahs on “DoDaDu,” and the loungey “Durian” imagines what a µ-Ziq remix of Stereolab or Pizzicato Five might have sounded like back in the late ’90s. On the title track, Kazumi’s voice echoes against a spare, queasy backdrop, for once not overcrowding the song’s space. It’s a rare instance of Paradinas exercising restraint—and all the more effective for it."

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Condition New
Format 2LP
Label Planet Mu
Color Black