Mike Paradinas has been releasing albums for more than 20 years and throughout those two decades his music has remained relevant and at the forefront of what electronic music can be. This is the first official solo opus of his Mu-Ziq alias and it combines breakbeat drums with drum and bass basslines, rave keys, old school R&S techno, and new age, ambient themes - peppered with the keys of Aphex Twin's "On". For a combination of all that check out "Pulsar", while for something a little heavier there's "Monj2". Beatless sessions include "PRD" and for some futuristic funk nothing beats album opener "XT".
Crash Test (Etienne Jaumet & Bernard Szajner version) - (4:57) 100 BPM
Dune 2 (Tyler Pope & Clara Moto remake) - (5:24) 99 BPM
Following on from their reissue of his 1979 album, Visions of Dune, Infine has commissioned remixes of experimental artist Bernard Szajner's work. Irene Dresel turns in a chiming, droning version of "Gom Jabbar" from Dune, while UK duo Ghosting Season add wasp-sting acid lines and Middle Eastern call to prayer chants to "Zed". UK experimentalist Scanner favours an abstract take on "Rethinking Szajner", with wild jazzy signatures scattered over a broken down rhythm. Best of all though are the ambient interpretations of Szajner's work; Siavash Amini's take on "Shai Hulud" consists of layers of dreamy synths, while the Tyler Pope & Clara Moto remake of "Dune 2" is an irresistible, freeform ambient dub adventure.
Intro - Space Privet For Cosmonauts - (1:01) 69 BPM
Dance With Edgar Poe - (2:55) 54 BPM
Time Whispers And Albert - (4:17) 60 BPM
Scratching Your Surface (revisited) - (4:36) 64 BPM
Sleep Ballade - (4:09) 62 BPM
Antares - (4:06) 63 BPM
Abandoned Beauties And Beasts - (8:30) 65 BPM
Lumiere Avant Midi - (8:20) 64 BPM
Sail Away To Her - (4:27) 60 BPM
Lucy In The Sky, Lost Diamonds - (3:20) 62 BPM
Fog, Dogma And Bread - (4:50) 74 BPM
A Minute After The War - (2:54) 67 BPM
Life Time Poem - (2:27) 68 BPM
100 Hearts - (6:18) 85 BPM
Micro Universe - (6:08) 98 BPM
Outer Space - (3:56) 78 BPM
Russian ex-pat techno maverick Dasha Rush has always been a unique talent. Even so, Sleepstep - her first full-length for the admirable Raster Noton imprint - is a high concept affair. Designed to induce a dream-like state, it offers a mix of droning ambience, slo-motion electronica, yearning ambience and hypnotic, far-out techno, all interspersed with brief readings of Rush's poems. By and large, it has the desired effect, and even the darker, more macabre moments - see the percussive hit of "Lumiere Avant Midi", for starters - have a calming, atmospheric quality. By and large, it's the beatless excursions that really stand out, with the operatic vocals and woozy strings of "Sail Away To Her" being particularly spellbinding.
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