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  • Audio CD (24 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Planet Mu Records Ltd.
  • ASIN: B00CWF75AO
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,213 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Mike Paradinas has been a pioneer and a mainstay of the electronic music scene for over 20 years now and 'Chewed Corners' is his first proper solo album since 2007. As the boss of electronic label Planet Mu, he s always been at the forefront of innovations and has released music by some of the most celebrated modern electronic artists around, from Benga, Kuedo and Machinedrum to Luke Vibert, Venetian Snares and FaltyDL to name just a few. Mike started both his career and µ-Ziq with the album Tango N'Vectif back in 1993 which elevated him to the top of the league of British electronica producers alongside Black Dog and Aphex Twin. He has also been one of the few people to collaborate with Aphex Twin on the album Mike & Rich and has released albums on Virgin, Astralwerks, Warp and Rephlex before releasing music on his own label Planet Mu. The album was written in the same period as Mike's recent Heterotic project (a collaboration with his wife Lara Rix-Martin and Warp's singer/songwriter Gravenhurst) while he was home alone. Mike says he intended the compositions to evoke drama and emotion and while the music was made with no conscious influences, after listening back Mike says Kuedo, Aphex Twin, Chicago Footwork, Art of Noise, Orbital, Japan and Rustie must all have had an effect. While his last album, 2007's Duntisbourne Abbots Soulmate Devastation Technique , was at times as harrowing and miserable as its title suggests, 'Chewed Corners' is almost the polar opposite, relaxed, self-possessed, and a pleasure to listen to. The innovation is subtle and inviting and it exudes happiness. It also foregrounds probably one of Mike's most important characteristics - something that has always shone through his far-reaching experimentation and kept it sounding both personal and accessible - his knack for great melody and lush arrangements. Chewed Corners sidesteps affiliations to any genre; instead it s a suite of 14 retro-futurist tracks, created with a lush, analogue sounding palette. It s a gentle ride which, even when it nods to aggressive music like footwork (on the track Tickly Flanks ) still manages to find a way to breathe light and joy into the framework. For every woozy moment there s a strong melody that hooks the strangeness in. The seasick chords in 'Wipe' are held together by a building chorus and muscular drum patterns, 'Hug s slow, strange 808 drum patterns and choral synths are underpinned by a lush, warm fretless bass sound. 'Smooch' has meditative, wafting electronics with chords and rhythm that intersect with 80 s funk. 'Christ Dust' uses synths that wouldn t have been out of place on the Equalizer soundtrack, but with the circadian-like clicking of high hats and swirling synths adding a distinctively otherworldly feel to the track. It s classic µ-Ziq, which has taken stock and allowed the best parts of his abilities to shine through.

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This is a surprise. Yes this is electronica music on the verge of being similar to Zomby, and would be ok if the artist name was "insert random electronica artist name" <<here, but this is U-ziq we're talking about. And I don't know about you guys, but I think Zomby handles these short snippets better than U-ziq tries to do here. And I am a bit frustrated too: This is the man who made me realize that Aphex Twin is not the only king of electric beats. Not by a long shot. Not only was U-ziq's previous album Duntisbourne Abbots Soulmate Devastation Technique the best album by him, but it is also one of the best albums I've ever heard across all genres of music. So of course I was hesitant when buying this album, but I must say I am shocked. From the masterpiece that was DASDT, to this. Cheap clap sounds, short thrills here and there, but almost all the tracks in this album are forgettable at best. There are a couple of tracks on it that stand out as above average, but I must say, Chewed Corners feels as a half hearted performance. But I am a fan, so of course this album goes in with all the rest of U-ziq's brilliant works. But DASDT has already gotten a few scratches from me retrieving the CD, and putting it back in my collection again. This CD will only collect dust. Ah well, everybody's got to earn a buck I suppose, and I guess the great U-ziq is no exception to this fact.
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It has been an age since the last album and it has been well worth the wait. I was very disappointed with the last album some 6 years ago BUT life must of changed for the better. This album feels fresh, almost poppy in parts. Now, that can be a bad thing but what MP does in this album is draw in so many influences which makes the album exciting and full of vigour. But he definitely has gone full circle. I remember listening to Tango back in the early 90's and I remember the feelings of Joy that came out of it. This does the same and I just hope MP carries this on for the next offering. There is quite a few highlights for me but like all U-ziq albums there is some fillers. But I can see straight off that I am going to be playing Houzz 10 again, again and again.
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A great album of atmospheric ambient with Idm and techno. A stimulating journey with a cinematic mood , yet still has those delightful uplifting playful sounds that MP does so well while managing sounding both fresh and old at the same time!
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After a couple of autist albums, I have to confess I stopped buying µ-Ziq's music since "Royal Astronomy" (which was, IMO one of 90's last electronic music classics).
Having been totally blown away by the music that came from "Tango n' Vectif" or "Bluff Limbo", I guess my interest in his more agressive and experimental approach was fading.
Then, I heard "Chewed Corners".
Its very different from his early releases (or anything he's done before). While those had shadows of melody inserted in experimental structures, "chewed corners" has chord progressions, melodies, and kind of old school sounds inserted in beautiful 808ish beats washed in experimental reverbs and woooshes that go two steps forward while having a shoe in the past.
This was my favourite release from 2013 (that means a lot because 2013 saw new material from Boards of Canada and Black Dog), and having spent that entire summer with this release on my cd player, the freshness of it was a nice breath of fresh air showing that the older artists still know how to create very interesting and modern music with past roots.
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