• Kid Spatula - Meast

    Reviewed by Gary Suarez (brainwashed.com)

    Kid Spatula - Meast

    Question: What could be worse than a CD comprised entirely of boring old side-project material never before deemed worthy of release? Answer: Two CDs of boring old side-project material never before deemed worthy of release. Unfortunately, that painfully true witticism only scratches the surface of just how wholly disappointing the latest Kid Spatula (aka µ-Ziq) album truly is. To put it even more bluntly, Meast is Mike Paradinas' Drukqs, a meandering double disc journey through the foul dregs of his proverbial cutting room floor. Regular readers of my snide contributions here in The Brain might recall my favorable and at times glowing review of the last µ-Ziq album, so rest assured that this vitriolic reaction comes from someone who regularly enjoys Paradinas's music. Haphazardly throwing together previously unavailable tracks from 1994-1998 in a way that would make even Richard D. James blush hardly makes for enjoyable listening, let alone reviewing. My respect for Paradinas' already available work during this time period (which includes In Pine Effect and Lunatic Harness) made it all the more difficult to sit through this bland, unbalanced and all-in-all uninteresting affair. A significant number of tracks sound like incomplete sketches and abandoned ideas that should have either been worked on further or abandoned altogether. The peppy childlike melodies of "Trike" repeat without moving the song in any direction worth noting, cutting off its potential less than halfway through. "Local Jogger" opens with a gorgeous mesh of synth patches that quickly takes a trip downhill into a kind of kitschy pseudo 70's TV theme song nostalgia. Though it may sound unreasonably harsh, the content of the entire second disc could have been left off without much quality being lost, save for the opening electro-hop cut "Sad & Solid." Only one track managed to extract any enthusiasm on my part: "Housewife" combines synth guitar goofiness and a naughtily recorded personal ad over a funky dance groove for a result that warrants repeated listening. Though I imagine they already own Meast, even Paradinas and Planet µ completists would do well to avoid or ignore this dismal effort from an electronic music legend. Anyone else still hungry for some good Paradinas work should snatch up the still-available Rephlex reissue of the classic Tango N' Vectif.

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