Published Apr 18, 2014Throughout his 20-year career, Mike Paradinas has peppered his fruitful career (as μ-Ziq) with a handful of collaborations that have seen the Wimbledon producer work with heady artists like Marco Jerrentrup, Speedy J and Aphex Twin. With Heterotic, Paradinas has found a musical project that seems, sonically and personally, close to his heart. Recording with his wife, Lara Rix-Martin, the music of Heterotic is a tempered blend of spacey synthesizers, analog drum machine beats and mournful vocals, courtesy of French artist Vezelay.
Following up last year's solid (and appropriately titled) Love and Devotion with their sophomore release, (the also appropriately-titled) Weird Drift, Paradinas and Rix-Martin seem ready to explore the perimeters of their Day-Glo soul music. "Lumber" and "Shoe Soul" mix Vezelay's lovesick falsettos with smoothed-out polyrhythmic beats, giving each track a haunted, uneasy feeling. Filled mostly with retro-cheese instrumentals with a smattering of blue-eyed vocal performances, Weird Drift explores the stranger aspects of love and devotion. (Planet Mu)