MIKE PARADINASInterplanetary Sound Explorer
To celebrate 25 years of Planet Mu records, we invited its founder and legendary electronic producer Mike Paradinas to create an epic 90-minute Synth Hero mix of some his favourite tracks from the label’s archive.
But first, some history. Over the last three decades Paradinas has made a name for himself as one of the very few artists working with electronics to produce a recognisable and personalised sound while at the same time mixing far-reaching experimentalism with accessibility through infectious melodies and rhythms.
He began playing keyboards during the early 1980s and spent eight years on keys for the group Blue Innocence. After the group broke up, Paradinas and bass player, Francis Naughton, re-recorded some of his older tracks, which Richard D. James released on Rephlex Records under the alias μ-Ziq. The photo above is from that early period.
Naughton then left μ-Ziq to start Rocket Goldstar and Paradinas signed to Virgin Records. In 1995 they gave him the means to start his own sublabel, Planet Mu, to release his own work and to develop similar-minded artists such as Venetian Snares, Capitol K, and Luke Vibert. Paradinas later broke with Virgin and in 1998 established Planet Mu as his own independent label.
As well as μ-Ziq, he has gone on to release music under the aliases of Tusken Raiders, Jake Slazenger, Gary Moscheles, Kid Spatula, and a one-time collaboration with Aphex Twin under the Mike & Rich moniker.
This month, Paradinas marks 25 years of Planet Mu with a fifteen track compilation of their current roster, from Skee-mask and Ital Tek, to RP Boo and Bogdan Racyzynski.
To celebrate this milestone, he has created this mix featuring some of his favourite tracks from the label’s back catalogue, including Mr. Mitch, Machinedrum, AFX, Floating Points, Boxcutter, Remarc and many more. You can also read his persnalised annotated track notes below.
Always innovative and uncompromising, Paradinas and his Planet Mu peers constantly redefine what’s possible with electronic music. This mix and the new compilation is the perfect opportunity to explore how far they’ve pushed it... so far. Enjoy.