Reviewed by Colin James Nagy (prefixmag)
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,
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
Reviewed by Paul Simpson (unknown)
Well, nobody liked the last few µ-ziq albums (just kidding, I did), so might as well throw together some more outtakes and release them as a new album. Hey, it’s worked for Aphex, hasn’t it? It hasn’t? Fuck.
This starts well enough, with a slightly cheesy but fun track called “Housewife”, which has a nice answering machine sample and some silly keyboards and beats. “Shistner’s Bassflex” has familiar (for Mike P) bloopy synths and simple beats.
Reviewed by Gillian Nash (logo magazine)
Two discs of ideas, vignettes and unreleased snapshots is probably pushing it for any artist, even one with as wide an appeal as Bruce Springsteen; the mind that decided the world needed the same from an artist whose entire oeuvre is based on the strange sounds that can be coaxed out of black boxes should have his head examined then. This but for one thing, Kid Spatula is Mike Paradinas, aka É -Ziq, a man for whom the boxes are both the means and the end, and though
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