• 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 present.

    Surely no one could listen to it all the way through. Most of the tracks here are instrumental and sample-free, relying instead on heavily synthesized sounds, shifting textures and moods, and occasionally bombastic beats to get the point across. I'd call it soundtrack music but a more accurate description would be to call Paradinas the Jimi Hendrix of video game music.

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