• µ-Ziq - Bilious Paths

    Reviewed by Justin Kleinfeld (CMJ New Music)

    <b> µ-Ziq </b> - Bilious Paths

    Mike Paradinas (a.k.a. µ-ZIQ) creates music on a higher plane than most electronic producers, a fact embodied by the 12 tracks of derailed beats and mind-numbing orchestral arrangements that mark Bilious Paths. The drill ’n’ bass “Meinheld” starts off like a buzz-saw cutting though flesh, but right before hitting the jugular, a stunning layer of synths drifts in to cut the power and heal the wound; the beautiful “Siege Of Antioch,” sounds more like an iceberg shredding through the hull of a cruise liner. The funnier, funkier “On/Off,” meanwhile, features a drunken fellow Planet É artist, Detroit’s Mike Dykehouse, ranting, “Put those panties on/ Take them panties off ” over a bed of sci-fi breaks. Elsewhere, “Silk Ties” and “Grape Nut Beats (Pt.1)” are two of the harshest numbers — the latter being a full-on Hip-Hopgabber hybrid, while the former sounds like a county fair held on the grounds of an imploding nuclear power plant. Simply put, Bilious Paths sets the course for a fabulous train ride headed straight for a brick wall.

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