• Kid Spatula - Meast

    Reviewed by Mark Griffey (Junkmedia)

    Kid Spatula - Meast

    Frantic drum and bass, horror movie soundtracks, new-new age blip fests, and fuzzy electronic ditties all collide on Meast, a trove of unreleased B-sides from Mike Paradinas' extensive back catalog. Although better known for his more notable, concise work under the u-ziq moniker, even these throwaway tracks are fascinating. Recorded during electronica's fertile heyday of 1994–98, and covering 2 long CDs, Meast is best viewed as a primer for all things IDM, past and
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  • Kid Spatula - Meast

    Kid Spatula - Meast

    Kid Spatula earned rave reviews for his debut album, ‘Full Sunken Beats’, yet ‘Meast’ takes Mike Paradina’s creation up another notch still. Some might say it sounds a bit like U-Ziq, until you realise it’s the same prolific creator. It also sounds like a hybrid of Aphex Twin, Squarepusher and Yazoo. Creative ambient backdrops, hypnotizingly addictive eighties-style synth melodies and large dollops of frenzied, sampled machine hacking. It’s all here,
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  • Kid Spatula - Meast

    Reviewed by Colin James Nagy (prefixmag)

    Kid Spatula - Meast

    Having also recorded on leftfield imprints Warp and Rephlex, Planet Mu label-boss Mike Paradinas assembles on Meast a smattering of archive material under his Kid Spatula moniker (he also records as u-Ziq, Diesel M and Jake Slazenger, among others). The album's 34 tracks, recorded from 1994 to 1998, are astonishingly still relevant and not as abstract as expected, given the amount of groundbreaking but difficult music of that time period; Autechre, Aphex Twin,
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  • Kid Spatula - Meast

    Kid Spatula - Meast

    In just over ten years, Mike Paradinas has established himself as one of the pioneering artists of the electronic scene, with a variety of projects ranging from µ-ziq to the mambo-infused Gary Moscheles. The first occurrence of the Kid Spatula alias goes back to 1995, one of the most prolific moments of Paradinas’s career. Following his Makesaracket album as Jake Slazenger, released on the now defunct Clear Records, the Kid’s first album, Spatula Freak, was
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