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Challenge Me Foolish

by µ-Ziq

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bytep The songs on this album are all carefully sculpted little psychedelic sweets which have the capability to lift you up to lofty heights forgetting all about the worries in the mundane. They all carry the familiar μ-ziq signature: from captivating, euphoria or nostalgia inducing atmospheres to weirdo humour, and from whimsical, witty twists and turns to wonderful - sometimes almost archetypical - dreamy melodies. They show once more what a highly original musical mastermind Paradinas is. Favorite track: Peek Freans.
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JDecker The master of uncomfortable yet laid back melodies. Brilliant.
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Tom Rimshot A whole lot weirder than Royal Astronomy, and why shouldn't it be? It's very cool to hear this almost-sequel come out all these years later. Long may Mike P find colorful gems like this as he plunders his archives! Favorite track: Lexicon (ft. Kazumi).
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Gosh Heck This coming out is the best thing that's happened to me yet this year, and that's not as sad as it sounds. Beautiful friggin music.
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moogsi Every couple of years I go back to Royal Astronomy, Brace Yourself EP & Urmur Bile Trax, I can't explain why. There is something unique in texture and mood about what Mike is doing in this period, and I always loved Kazumi's vocals and the crappy 90s synth string sounds. It's a joy to revisit more material from then.

Also shout to the artwork which is a really nice complement to the record. Favorite track: Lexicon (ft. Kazumi).
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camphex Yessss!!!! So good! Thank you for releasing this!
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Inclement 04:21
Undone 04:35
Bassbins 04:01
Perhaps 04:14
Ceiling 02:47
Perfame 04:13
Playbox 04:52
Peek Freans 04:39


‘Challenge Me Foolish’ is an almost lost album of µ-Ziq material circa 1998-99, an era that saw Mike Paradinas release ‘Royal Astronomy’ on the now defunct Virgin subsidiary Hut records, and also tour with Björk.

It’s an era of his music that’s definitely worth re-exploring, in which Mike went against the grain by producing music that was baroque, melodic and whimsical, while the IDM movement he was lumped with made instrumental music that was often neurotic and complicated. His taste for melody and dreamy beauty above roughness and intricacy confused people who were hanging on too tightly to the rules. He even brought in Japanese vocalist Kazumi, adding an extra human touch.
‘Challenge Me Foolish’ is something of a companion to the Royal Astronomy record; arguably even better given the fresh ears selecting the material. It’s imbued with a confident sense of pastoral colour, and a gentle optimism, utilising bells, studied orchestral arrangements and airy synthesisers that sit the album somewhere between Jean Jacques Perrey (the French electronic composer whose whimsy was always balanced with serious innovation and chops) and the colourful, optimistic soundtracks of Joe Hisaishi. There’s a strange sense of the old and new throughout, the sentimental and utopia, with nary a hint of darkness. Even when the album dips into the hyperkinetic rhythms of jungle, the melodies and mood still retain a sense of gentle warmth. Dive into peak time Paradinas.


released April 13, 2018


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