• µ-Ziq - Duntisbourne Abbots Soulmate Devastation Technique

    Reviewed by One Week To Live

    <b> µ-Ziq </b> - Duntisbourne Abbots Soulmate Devastation Technique

    Mike Paradinas' Planet Mu imprint has brought us some of the most sublime and vicious electronica of recent years. From the scatter incursions of Los Angeles glitch hop producer edIT to the epileptic breakcore of Venetian Snares and the dubstep nuke of Milanese, to his own productions as µ-ZIQ which sit somewhere in between. It's been four years since the whirlwind of his last album 'Bilious Paths' and with the headscratchingly entitled 'Duntisbourne Abbots Soulmate Devastation Technique' Paradinas rerevisits his rotts with a hefty portion of quite clinical, ambient techno. The stark industrial vibe and machine-like focus of The Black Dog are parried against sudden droplets of gorgeous melodies and tweaked beats of Boards Of Canada and 'Ambient Works'- era Aphex Twin. Opening with 'Prongh Seemness', it's as if your left looking over the aftermath of a sonic battleground. Haunting yet strangely amusing, harsh, broken shards of jagged and distorted synths are scattered over a glitchy metallic bed soon softened by orchestral melodies. 'Dextedrine Girl' gets a little more confusing, lots of delay and pin prick hihats gives way to a ghostly daydream of a track, which kinda reminds me of a classic dead-of-the-night Sixtoo. Check out '2CV' for a startling, acidified performance. A deep techno drive and dirty bassline makes this almost dancefloor until it's all stripped away and a spooky skeletal structure is left. Talking of acid, 'Acid Steak Night' near closes the album, a collaboration with label mate The Doubtful Guest, it's a beep-riddled, schizophrenic uptempo banger. Scary stuff from the twisted duo. Far from straightforward, this album reinforces µ-ZIQ and Pllanet Mu's position as one of the most interesting UK electronca label's today.

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