Vibration (US title: The Visitor From Inner Space)
Alongside Aphex Twin, Mike Paradinas—aka µ-Ziq—is one of the progenitors of what we used to call IDM, or “intelligent dance music”—electronic music that wasn’t for the club but wasn’t quite for the classroom, either. To accompany his recent album Magic Pony Ride, Paradinas' Selects playlist (in which DJs and producers showcase their favorite tracks of any given moment) offers an expansive, era-spanning set of tracks that, in his words, “played a part in me becoming the musician I am, and which continue to push my boundaries to this day.” In his case, the visionary synth-pop of the Human League and early Ryuichi Sakamoto, the breaks of Dillinja, the Detroit techno offshoots of 69 (aka Carl Craig) and Drexciya, some parent-destroying glitch (Rude Ass Tinker, Venetian Snares), and the Chicago footwork that Paradinas’ label, Planet Mu, helped spread during the 2010s and beyond (Jlin, RP Boo, the late DJ Rashad). It’s playful, it’s clinical, sometimes harsh and sometimes beautiful—contrasts any µ-Ziq listener will know and appreciate. Enjoy all his Selects here, and if you hear something you like, add it to your library.