Challenge Me Foolish is the third compendium of "lost" µ-Ziq material to surface on Planet Mu in the last three years-the fourth if we're including Expert Knob Twiddlers, the reissue of Paradinas' collaborative album with Aphex Twin. It compiles music written between 1998 and '99, and serves as a retrospective primer for the orchestral pop leanings of Royal Astronomy, Paradinas' fifth µ-Ziq album. Both Royal Astronomy and Challenge Me Foolish feature tracks with the Japanese vocalist Kazumi.
He hasn't released much new music during this period, apart from one LP and two EPs as µ-Ziq and two albums as part of Heterotic, the synth pop duo consisting of him and his wife, Lara Rix-Martin. Apart from these, there have been several collections of rare and unreleased material, not to mention hundreds of loosies uploaded to SoundCloud, most of which date from the '90s.
Challenge Me Foolish (CD, Album). ZIQ400, ZIQ 400. µ-Ziq. Challenge Me Foolish (2xLP, Album). Planet Mu, Planet Mu.
Following two previous archival collections, Challenge Me Foolish dusts off unreleased tracks from the late 1990s, when the Planet Mu founder was making breakbeat-laced IDM with a strange sense of humor. Perhaps if Virgin had properly marketed µ-Ziq’s 1997 album Lunatic Harness, Paradinas wouldn’t have had to take matters into his own hands with his independent imprint Planet Mu. In the 21st century, focusing more on A&R than his own productions, Paradinas had a hand in spreading breakcore, dubstep, and footwork globally, helping to establish the careers of RP Boo, Traxman, Pinch, Venetian Snares, and others. Since the release of his 2013 comeback Chewed Corners, Paradinas has also dug deep into his old hard drives for archival forays like RY30 Trax and Aberystwyth Marine
Music outside the pop/rock scope seems even more immune to aging, meaning that Challenge Me Foolish would have no problem passing as a 2018 release. Adding icing to the cake is the album's diversity.
Challenge Me Foolish. -Ziq - Robin Hood Gate 03:55. -Ziq - Perhaps 04:14. -Ziq, Kazumi - Durian 03:55. -Ziq - Ceiling 02:47. -Ziq, Kazumi - Lexicon 04:16. -Ziq - Perfame 04:13. -Ziq - Playbox 04:52. -Ziq, Kazumi - Sad Inlay 04:59. Listen to Challenge Me Foolish in full in the this site app. Play on this site.