Reviewed by Tom Mugridge (Muzik)
If you've been following our advice over the last year or so [insert sarcastic remark here - Ed.] you'll have heard many of Planet µ's finest already. If not, here they are again,, together at last: spectacular speedcore hip hop from Hellfish, a silly remix of "Ice Ice baby" from Bit_Meddler, the underrated "I can squeeze an entire prog rock double album into five minutes of electronica" sound of Leafcutter John's "Khom?s", Kid Spatula, Luke Vibert, Venetian Snares... Quality.
Reviewed by Gal Detourn (DJ magazine)
This, the first compilation from Mike Paradinas' Worcester based label in four years, features his own Kid Spatula project, as well as poppy electronica from Capitol K, dub-wise glitchtronic beauty from Kettel, wiggly worm funk from Luke Vibert, scratchtastic old-skool abrasion from Hellfish, d&b thrash from Doormouse, furiously comical beat distortion from Speedranch vs End, motorik atmospherics from Electric Company and... oh, need I go
Two-CD µ-marathon of new and exclusive tracks.
Necessary or evil? Necessary and evil, although the endurance-test noise is kept to a minimum. capitol K, Vibert and jega, among others, drop sweet insanity.
"Experimental double album of brain-bending strangeness" Aphex Twin gained all the plaudits, but Mike Paradinas (the man behind µ-Ziq and Planet Mu) has been just as important over the last decade in furthering the remit of electronica into the outer reaches of the subconscious. Not convinced? This compilation should see you right. This visionary label can jump from squelching, nasty, greasy acid to transcendentally beautiful offerings without
- Various - The Cosmic Forces Of Mu
- Venetian Snares - Defluxion
- Venetian Snares & Speedranch - Making Orange Things
- Joseph Nothing - Dummy Variations
- Hrvatski - Swarm & Dither
- Mu Allstars - Criminal
- Hellfish & Producer - Constant Mutation (Mixed)
- Leafcutter John - Microcontact
- Nicole Elmer - Beef Bouilion
- Tim Tetlow - Beauty Walks A Razor's Edge
- Phthalocyanine - 25 Tracks Fer 1 Track
- Leafcutter John - Concourse E.E.P.
- Luke Vibert - '95-'99
- Jega - Geometry
- Capitol K - Roadeater E.P.
- Kid Spatula - Full Sunken Breaks
- Jega & Kid Spatula - Unity Gain / Hard Love
- Capitol K - Sounds Of The Empire
- Slag Boom Van Loon - So Soon
- Tusken Raiders - The Motorbike Track
- Slag Boom Van Loon - Slag Boom Van Loon
- Jega - Spectrum
- Horse Opera - 3 Cornered Room
- Capitol K - Island Row