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FORTHCOMING
Lunatic Harness (25th Anniversary Edition)
Cat: ZIQ 440LPX. Rel: 08 Jul 22
 
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Brace Yourself Jason
  2. Hasty Boom Alert
  3. Mushroom Compost
  4. Blainville
  5. Lunatic Harness
  6. Approaching Menace
  7. My Little Beautiful
  8. Secret Stair (part 1)
  9. Secret Stair (part 2)
  10. Wannabe
  11. Catkin & Teasel
  12. London
  13. Midwinter Log
  14. Hanky Pokery
  15. Jiggery Panky
  16. Worcester
  17. The Cut Of My Jib
  18. Lunatic Harness
  19. Lunatic Harness (remix)
  20. Mr Angry (remix)
  21. Brace Yourself (remix)
  22. Kubba
  23. Vaken Bolt
  24. Losers' March
  25. Summer Living 2
  26. Intellitag
  27. Abmoit
  28. Brace Yourself (reprise)
Review: A revolutionary album in the electronic music tapestry, 'Lunatic Harness' broke conventions left and right when it was released back in 1997. The 4th album for u-Ziq is by far their greatest and most influential, it's breakbeats, jazz flits and electronic ambience can be described as proto-breakcore in a sense. No better to see all these elements at play than in the opener 'Brace Yourself Jason', a smorgasbord of sonic delights that acts as a preview for the entire record. This expanded release is the final say in the 'Lunatic Harness' canon, including previously unreleased material adding onto an expanded version containing EP material on a clear quadruple 12" boxset, housed in a high-quality case.
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est. release 08 Jul 22 $88.46
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FORTHCOMING
Lunatic Harness (25th Anniversary Edition)
Cat: ZIQ 440CD. Rel: 08 Jul 22
 
Experimental/Electronic
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est. release 08 Jul 22 $15.84
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FORTHCOMING
Lunatic Harness (25th Anniversary Edition)
Cat: ZIQ 440LP. Rel: 08 Jul 22
 
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Brace Yourself Jason
  2. Hasty Boom Alert
  3. Mushroom Compost
  4. Blainville
  5. Lunatic Harness
  6. Approaching Menace
  7. My Little Beautiful
  8. Secret Stair (part 1)
  9. Secret Stair (part 2)
  10. Wannabe
  11. Catkin & Teasel
  12. London
  13. Midwinter Log
  14. Hanky Pokery
  15. Jiggery Panky
  16. Worcester
  17. The Cut Of My Jib
  18. Lunatic Harness
  19. Lunatic Harness (remix)
  20. Mr Angry (remix)
  21. Brace Yourself (remix)
  22. Kubba
  23. Vaken Bolt
  24. Losers' March
  25. Summer Living 2
  26. Intellitag
  27. Abmoit
  28. Brace Yourself (reprise)
Review: Mike Paradinas amassed a fine body of work under the stage name u-Ziq through the 1990s. The Planet Mu label head is currently reissuing some of it with Lunatic Harness, his fourth album form 1997, the latest to get the treatment. It came out of the so-called drill&bass movement but was more pretty than most from that niche sub-genre. While Aphex Twin and Squarepusher always went for abrasive textures, he delves into more celestial and suspensory sounds rich in shimmering melody. It remains one of the best IDM albums of any era.
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est. release 08 Jul 22 $81.41
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Magic Pony Ride
Cat: ZIQ 444CD. Rel: 10 Jun 22
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Magic Pony Ride (part 1)
  2. Goodbye
  3. Picksing
  4. Unless
  5. Turquoise Hyperfizz
  6. Galope
  7. Uncle Daddy
  8. Brown Chaos
  9. Shulem's Theme
  10. Elka's Song
  11. Magic Pony Ride (part 2)
  12. Don't Tell Me (It's Ending)
 in stock $10.56
Magic Pony Ride
Cat: ZIQ 444. Rel: 10 Jun 22
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Magic Pony Ride (part 1) (3:50)
  2. Goodbye (5:10)
  3. Picksing (1:48)
  4. Unless (6:09)
  5. Turquoise Hyperfizz (5:14)
  6. Galope (3:15)
  7. Uncle Daddy (5:29)
  8. Brown Chaos (2:56)
  9. Shulem's Theme (4:23)
  10. Elka's Song (3:18)
  11. Magic Pony Ride (part 2) (3:09)
  12. Don't Tell Me (It's Ending) (6:38)
Review: Mike Paradinas continues to be a prolific force in electronica after so many years helping push the scene forwards via Planet Mu. Magic Pony Ride is his first LP of new material on his own label since 2013, although Analogical Force did carry the excellent Scurlage LP last year while he's also been busy reviving the Tusken Raiders alias for more roughneck electro and jungle business. There's jungle to behold on this new record, too, but as with much of his u-Ziq work, Paradinas prefers a more melodious approach here. There's also a different element at play - dare we say a degree of maturity in the compositional aspect? Just check the haunting piano-led lilt of 'Goodbye' and you'll see what we mean.
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 in stock $21.62
Magic Pony Ride
Magic Pony Ride (limited purple vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: ZIQ 444X. Rel: 10 Jun 22
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Magic Pony Ride (part 1) (3:50)
  2. Goodbye (5:10)
  3. Picksing (1:48)
  4. Unless (6:09)
  5. Turquoise Hyperfizz (5:14)
  6. Galope (3:15)
  7. Uncle Daddy (5:29)
  8. Brown Chaos (2:56)
  9. Shulem's Theme (4:23)
  10. Elka's Song (3:18)
  11. Magic Pony Ride (part 2) (3:09)
  12. Don't Tell Me (It's Ending) (6:38)
Review: Mike Paradinas is well known these days as the man behind peerless label Planet Mu but of course he was also a core part of the IDM firmament back in the 90s. He had a super run of albums that sat right up there with the best of them in their own way and now many of them are being reissued. But Magic Pony Ride is an all new long player and his first for his own label since 2013. It has his signature happy melodies and wordless vocals - he was writing it while mastering an anniversary version of his Lunatic Harness classic - with wide open spaces sucking you in to their midst as the jungle beats ride on.
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Goodbye
Goodbye (12")
Cat: ZIQ 443. Rel: 15 Apr 22
Breakbeat
  1. Goodbye VIP (4:23)
  2. Giddy All Over (2:58)
  3. Moise (3:06)
  4. Rave Whistle (3:39)
  5. Rave Whistle (Darkside mix) (4:11)
  6. Rave Whistle (Jungle Tekno mix) (4:35)
Review: u-Ziq is Mike Paradinas, the label head at Planet Mu. And this, despite the title, is the first in a new series of EPs for the label. They are all based around the fact that his classic 1997 album 'Lunatic Harness' is now 25 years old and getting a special Anniversary Edition. The music here has been inspired by Mike going back through the archives and revisiting some of the sounds from the 90s - namely jungle and jungle tekno. Those templates are updated with modern thinking and modern gear but a fantastic sense of melody remains with sombre pianos, acid lines and amen breaks also chucked into the mix.
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 in stock $14.57
Scurlage
Scurlage (2xLP)
Cat: AF 038LP. Rel: 12 Jul 21
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Blakers Loop (4:31)
  2. Preston Melodics (4:01)
  3. Murker (2:54)
  4. Slade Treacher (5:46)
  5. Cleaning (5:31)
  6. Oxwich Penrice (5:31)
  7. Blauwasser (4:36)
  8. Sketty (4:05)
  9. Bentley (3:14)
  10. Strawberry Aero (5:17)
Review: Mike Paradinas presents his first album under the ?-Ziq moniker, or any other name, since 2013. Written and recorded while in lockdown in the Gower, one of Wales' most stunning locations, although the initial moments of Scurlage feel far removed from sweeping beaches and rolling hills, when you dig a little deeper you begin to hear at least some of the location in the tracks.

You do really need to listen properly though. There's so much here that feels plucked straight from the lost scenes of Blade Runner - a science fiction feast for the years built from synths and drum pads that can still work well on the dance floor. Nevertheless, its analogue in feel and there's a sense not just of light and dark but past and present, nostalgia and hope for the future.
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 in stock $23.87
Secret Garden
Secret Garden (limited coloured vinyl LP)
Cat: ZIQ 438. Rel: 21 Jan 22
Techno
  1. Jynxiq (6:04)
  2. Unheard Melodies (4:15)
  3. Hi Jynx (6:53)
  4. Loss (6:02)
  5. The Ballad Of Darth Vader (2:59)
  6. Afternoon Sunshine (6:02)
  7. Cocker Boo (3:02)
  8. Philip Steak (3:12)
  9. Hulo (3:05)
  10. The Secret Garden (4:41)
Review: RECOMMENDED
If you don't know the name u-Ziq by now then you've not been paying enough attention. Also referred to as Mike Paradinas, he's the guy in charge of inimitable UK label Planet Mu, which has been at the forefront of audibly varied dance music since 1995 that remains as close to IDM as you get in today's age.

That trend continues on this collaborative effort with past Mu signing Hanna Davidson, or Mrs Jynx. A record that was created as part of a therapeutic healing process in spring 2021, a time when both artists were dealing not just with the wight of a pandemic but, more significantly, for them, deep personal grief and profound loss, the result is a melodic masterpiece, an opiate opus of deep dive rhythms and noises.
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 in stock $18.60
Secret Garden
Cat: ZIQ 438CD. Rel: 19 Nov 21
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Jynxiq
  2. Unheard Melodies
  3. Hi Jynx
  4. Loss
  5. The Ballad Of Darth Vader
  6. Afternoon Sunshine
  7. Cocker Boo
  8. Philip Steak
  9. Hulo
  10. The Secret Garden
Review: Planet Mu main man Mike 'Mu-ziq' Paradinas and Hannah Davidson AKA Mrs Jynx have long been friends, though it took shared grief (both had a parent who succumbed to cancer over the last couple of years) to finally get together in the studio and make some therapeutic music. The results, as showcased on Secret Garden, are nothing less than sublime; a set of highly emotive, picturesque tracks that mix bittersweet bliss and heart-aching musical melancholia with brief blasts of aural sunniness and rushing bliss. It's rooted in ambient and electronica, of course, but also includes a number of hypnotic, dancefloor ready excursions and rhythmic, soft-touch epics. Above all though, it's as melodious and colourful as it is poignant and thought-provoking, offering a surprisingly on-point musical translation of the grieving process.
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 in stock $11.32
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