Boomkat Product Review:
Residual ‘90s rave emotions rise to the surface in Mike Paradinas’ most impressive new µ-ZIQ album for ages, full of atom-splitting jungle ballistics and heart-in-mouth synths
His first new LP in nearly a decade, ‘Magic Pony Ride’ is a romp for gurny IDM unicorns, reprising the sort of pastoral hardcore and pastel-toned electronica-ambient motifs that made his run of mid ‘90s solo albums and collab with Richard D. James canonical to the scene. Taking inspiration from a trip to Iceland, where he rode horses “across a snowy landscape at dawn”, and factored by emotions felt at the loss of his father, the tracks manifest something of a definitive opus in his catalogue, ripe with the style he’s developed over the course of 30 years.
One for the fluffy ravers and romantics, the album plays out a classic µ-ZIQ sound perhaps best compared with his 1997 LP ‘Lunatic Harness’, it comes on in leaps and bounds from the barrelling breaks and arps of ‘Magic Pony Ride, Pt.1’ to what sounds like Sigur Rós at a free party in finale of ‘Don’t Tell me (It’s Ending)’, with standouts in the soaring acid jungle winner ‘Uncle Daddy’, the Remarc-able amen choppage of ’Turquoise Hyperfizz’, and the serotonin injection ‘Galope’ dedicated to his departed father, all tempered by downbeat moments of relief in the melancholic sashay of ’Shulem’s Theme’, and the excellent ‘Elka’s Song’, written with his daughter.