Royal Astronomy (CD, Album). Astralwerks, Hut Recordings. Mike Paradinas work has always been quite underrated. Sure, he ain't always a master of sound like Aphex Twin or Autechre and this album may sound very dated at times (tracks like Goodbye Goodbye is an exception when it comes to sound). Yes, the drums on "The Fear" are pretty weak but it has some really pretty vocals by Kazumi Kato featured throughout as well on some of his other releases (Lexicon is another great track where the drums sound better). The compositions on this album are pretty varied and keeps you interested through the entirety of this classic release by µ-Ziq
Royal Astronomy is an album of steely grays and astronomical blues. Paradinas still lets loose a few down-and-dirty drum and bass workouts in the form of The Motorbike Track and Burst Your Arm, but The Hwicci Song and 56 show that hip-hop was exerting an influence equal to techno. Kazumi returns for the grand finale: a darkly cascading but ultimately reassuring piece titled Goodbye, Goodbye. Royal Astronomy µ-Ziq. The Fear -the lead single from Mu-Ziq’s 1999 album Royal Astronomy-was something of a bait-and-switch for the notoriously ornery British techno artist. It was by far the most pop-oriented song Mu-Ziq (. Mike Paradinas) had written. Pretty and melodramatic, it revolves around a straightforward vocal part by Japanese singer Kazumi, and nothing else on the album resembles it.
It's sad to see an artist as obviously talented as Paradinas release an album that sounds like it took a weekend to record. Royal Astronomy offers very little for fans of Paradinas' work, and next to nothing for the electronic music fan- it's xB5-Ziq without the xB5-Z. It's hard to say at this point whether xB5-Ziq has lost his edge. I mean, it's conceivable that this record is just a transistion to something completely new and different. But one thing's for sure: this album is boring as shit.
Listen free to µ-Ziq – Royal Astronomy (Scaling, The Hwicci Song and more). Royal Astronomy is the fifth album from British IDM Producer µ-Ziq and follow up to Lunatic Harness Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last. Royal Astronomy is the fifth album from British IDM Producer µ-Ziq and follow up to Lunatic Harness.
After the drum'n'bass updates on his previous full-length, Royal Astronomy in large part returns Mike Paradinas to the green pastures of his youth - electro-slanted melodic techno and post-rave ambience with an eye on classics of his early career like Tango 'N Vectif. From the cinematic opener "Scaling" and the simple melodies of the single "The Fear" (with vocals by a Japanese-born, British-based author named Kazumi), Paradinas keeps it simple throughout.
Album · 1999 · 14 Songs. Listen on Apple Music.
Royal Astronomy is by far a classic µ-ziq album, for both the good and bad. Scaling and The Hwicci Song were great show cases of how orchestral music can be perpendicular to electronic craziness. The Motorbike Track is a prime example of Mike's love for nonsensical music arrangements, but the album does leave a haunting fault. Royal Astronomy seems to be based off of a copy-and-paste scheme, where µ-ziq will just loop whatever synths or midi instruments he can over a span of time
Is Royal Astronomy the best album by µ-Ziq? BestEverAlbums. com brings together thousands of 'greatest ever album' charts and calculates an overall ranking. This album At A Glance. Royal Astronomy by µ-Ziq (1999) Overall rank: 15,879th. Accolades: Top albums of 1999 (337th). Top albums of the 1990s (3,128th). Best albums of all time (15,879th).
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