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VV.AA.: Children Of Mu

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Apr 28 2004
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Children Of Mu
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Started as a Virgin sublabel (they released the "Mealtime" compilation on Planet Mu/Hut Recordings back in 1995), Planet Mu soon after was judged too radical by the people who was used to sell pop and rock music and for this reason Mike Paradinas decided to took his "son" and to make of it one of the principal label dedicated to electronic experimentations. In its five years of activity the label released material which is covering a wide range of electronic musical genres. The most important thing is that each band is open to new experiences and for this reason on this second label compilation you'll find hip hop mixed with breakbeat, Ramones and bagpipes (like on Shitmat's "Shopliftin' Gabba"), experiments with pastoral choirs (The Gasman's opening track of the fist CD "Imodium"), classical IDM (Electronic Music Composer's "Suggested Surgery"), blues (like on the alternative version of Leafcutter John's "In A House Of Soul"), classic electronic mixed with techno (Nautilis' "J-3CVW" and Local's "They Are Local"), distorted electronic pop (Patrick Wolfe's "A Boy Like Me") and the guitar mellowness of WeaveR001 on "A Step Aside" just to name few. Only the Paradinas' projects aren't present on this double compilation but you've got the opportunity to check out twenty six tracks (unreleased and not) by twenty six Planet Mu artists and I assure you that it's worth it.

KID SPATULA: Meast

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Apr 13 2004
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Artist: KID SPATULA (@)
Title: Meast
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Mike Paradinas is an experimenter of electronic delicatessen and he's active on different fronts of the electronic scene: with µ-ZIQ and with the Planet Mu label (he runs it and he's also the owner). This new double CD (his third one released as Kid Spatula on Planet Mu) contains material picked up from his 1994/1998 DAT archives. The thirty four tracks paint a wide range of ambients and atmospheres passing through ambient music (see the last tracks of the first CD), jungle music and jazzy interludes. It's like being at a melting pot of different genres where IDM meet ambient, electronica and jazz. All the tracks are instrumental and they are able to create a good atmosphere with melodic moments. Not every track is a good one, sometimes you've got the impression that something is missing, but fortunately most of them are good and interesting tracks where Mike add layers of intriguing sounds, melodies and rhythms (like on the beautiful "My Piano And Me") where you can discover something new at each listening. If you think that on these release you can find packed two hours and twenty minutes of cool electronic music and sounds, you'll find yourself forced to check this out!

PILOT BALLOON: Ghastly Good Cheer

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Apr 02 2004