Lately we've seen a number of pioneering IDM acts releasing new music (Squarepusher, Autechre, Boards of Canada) so it's only right that Planet Mu founder Mike Paradinas dusts off his legendary u-Ziq project. The new album, entitled Chewed Corners, will be out on June 25th on Planet Mu, and will mark the first new material from u-Ziq since 2007. The album will be preceeded by an EP, XTEP, out May 21st. So dust off your Artificial Intelligence compilations and slap those Windowlicker posters back up on your wall, because it's time to party like it's 1997!
XTEP wasn't too bad, but pretty much sounded like what it was always going to sound like - a trailblazing act in the 90s lost in the electronic music explosion of the last couple of years. I saw this on FACT a week or so ago and kind of got excited, but I kind of get the feeling that Paradinas' best role right now is that of a mentor