u-Ziq
Tango N' Vectif (2001 Reissue)


5.0
classic

Review

by Ethics USER (5 Reviews)
September 14th, 2012 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A basement and a keyboard can take you a long way.

Tango N' Vectiv will hit like a brick. There are a very small number of albums that have affected me this quickly and drastically. In 1993, taking the name of his old band that he played in with friends, u-Ziq released Tango N' Vectiv. The really incredible part behind all of this is that Mike Paradinas (the man behind the album) was living in his mother's home, creating all of this music in a basement on a Casio FZ-1 keyboard with no musical training. The entire album itself is gold, but scattered throughout it are diamonds of songs. Take, "Beatnik #2" for example. Immediately from the start, Paradinas greets the listener with a eightbit-esque loop, that travels throughout the entire song. Layered upon the song are heavy synths, drums, cymbals, and a faint humming sounds that varies in pitch. What you are left with is practically one of the most captivating and comforting songs ever produced. Imagine yourself residing in an extremely difficult video game's "safe-zone", right after facing that boss that took two hundred and twenty two retries to defeat. In fact, most of the album itself could be described as music fitting to that boss battle. The drum loops on various songs are extremely distorted and aggressive, the atmosphere is very dire and heavy, but at the same time contains an intense amount of energy.

This album isn't frustrating or tiring to understand or enjoy, though. Accompanied by the comforting and the aggressive songs are catchy ones as well. "The Sonic Fox" has a very bouncy loop, structured with an incredible light hearted synth that accompanies it throughout. Creativity on this album is endless, and the song is a great example of that. As soon as you feel as though the sound u-Ziq is creating on the track is understood and losing it's immediate appeal - halfway through the song he chops it up and mixes the notes up to create even further enjoyment out of what was initially created. Throughout the album's songs you'll hear streams of hisses, bubbles, bumps, rettles, squeaks, whistles, moans, sighs, twitters, clanks, chimes, muffled explosions, unmuffled explosions, and even a sound that closely resembles being trapped in a vacuum cleaner. And to an extent, that's exactly what this album almost feels like. Paradinas is caught in his own vacuum, creating all of these honest and energetic sounds with absolutely no one or anything to limit him. The ideas are expressed and communicated to the listener so exceptionally that it's almost impossible to not comprehend and by doing so, it creates it's own distinct sound.

Paradinas was without a doubt ahead of his time. His experimental journey has created some of the most enjoyable atmospheres I've ever heard in music (even outside this genre). Prior to this album, I viewed electronic music in an entirely different light compared to how I do now. And I think the reason for that is how truly emotional this album is. You won't find those tracks where you feel like the artist is just throwing "whatever" into his/her sound to create a beefed up track. To be honest, that's what always drove me away from electronic music - it's hard to find something soulful, emotional, something you can truly grasp onto and feel (the closest thing that ever came to this was The Avalanches' "Since I Left You"). u-Ziq acknowledges this and most definitely understands it, with "Phragmal Synthesis Pt. 1" being a clear indicator of that. He loads up the sound to the complete brim, with a great amount of swells and a catchy drum loop which leaves the audience in an extremely soothed state, but he makes sure to keep it very simple and direct (not bogging it down) - because this particular song doesn't need any more, it's fine the way it its. And right when you understand the feel he's trying to transmit in the song - once again, his creativity shines by taking you to both Pt. 2 and 3 of it which keep the core aspects, but reveal it in a different attitude or manner. Keeping the entire album fun and playful is what I believe u-Ziq does best. You're always engrossed in the atmosphere he's creating, predicting what may come next, and being surprised and content when it surpasses those expectations.

Accessibility is always something I've admired in an album. Sure, I love being challenged by the odd structure of a song or just the downright obscurity of a sound it's creating, but sometimes I really enjoy just sitting back and enjoying the ride. This, to me, is "Tango N' Vectif's" most redeemable quality. On my first listen, I was pretty much amazed by everything that was going on and loved it, and I'm not even too familiar with the genre. With that being said, I encourage anyone who listens to any type of music to check this album out because it flew under the radar of the public eye way too hard. I was completely shocked that the 93' release of the album was only rated seventeen times, was even more appalled that the re-release wasn't even on here, and on top of all of that the original didn't even have a review. To me, there are two types of music; good and bad. Tango N' Vectiv provides two hours of thoughtful music to zone out to, or to really pick apart and focus on and it's incredible. The album is definitely something that I pride myself in listening to and enjoy, because that's how music always should be. u-Ziq is without a doubt a master of his trade, and judging by the choice of his name; I can bet we share similar sentiments.


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Ethics
September 13th 2012


4112 Comments


This is my first review, hope some of you enjoy it.
Criticism is definitely welcomed and appreciated.

How do I edit the formatting? Some lines are ugly.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2012


32190 Comments


My Profile

Edit my albums/reviews

menawati
September 13th 2012


16587 Comments


Too long and too much irrelevant stuff but hidden inside there is potentially a good review.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2012


32190 Comments


Wow, this is like the worst thing I have ever read in my life

And we have Mindle to thank for it

Ethics
September 13th 2012


4112 Comments


Thanks for the feedback!

Ethics
September 13th 2012


4112 Comments


Yeah, I'm pretty much aware of that. I've always admired people who get the point across without
really saying much (word count wise).

I tend to bring in irrelevant/excessive stuff into my writing which can sort of drive away readers.
But I believe that it's at least entertaining, stupid (something to laugh at), and more informative,
so I'm fine with it being that way. Guess it's just my style.

I edited out a lot of the stupid shit and re-wrote to make for more of a concise and straight-
forward review.

Hopefully I can get better criticism than "this is the worst thing I've ever read" if you take a
glance at this comment and re-read, thanks Dev.

Ethics
September 13th 2012


4112 Comments


Bump, would appreciate more feedback.

StrangerofSorts
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2012


2905 Comments


I I me me my my.

It shouldn't be just your own experience you're trying to portray, but the album in general. Broaden
the appeal by taking yourself out of the equation. Like (although I really wouldn't start a
paragraph like this anyway - a bit too jarring)

Accessibility is always something I've admired in an album.


Would become something like "Accessibility is always something to be admired in an album." Though
again, too abrupt for a paragraph opener: ease the reader in.

Apart from that, it's very chatty and doesn't have too much structure to it. You could try using the
classic structure of:

- Introduction (describe the album in broad terms while supplying some kind of background on the
release or the artist which is relevant to the review)
- 1-3 Paragraphs on the music in detail (possibly split these up so one's focussing on atmosphere,
another on how he structures his music etc. while bringing in examples from the album)
- Conclusion

Your use of grammar is also odd at times:

"u-Ziq is without a doubt a master of his trade, and judging by the choice of his name; I can
bet we share similar sentiments."


Nothing needs to be where that semi-colon is, let alone a semi-colon, which is as close to a full
stop as you can get without being a full stop. I'm guilty of this as well but some things can't be
ignored.

Anyway, there's promise here so when you take another stab at it post a link for the review to
either mine (because I'm interested) or one of the contrib/staffs' (because they're better at
reviewing than I am) pages for more feedback. (:

And you're still on the front page, no need for bumping and even if not try to avoid it. There will
be many frowns upon you. :p

ShitsofRain
June 28th 2016


8098 Comments


...fuk



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