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Royal Astronomy Mike ''[Mu]-Ziq'' Paradinas is to fellow sound collagist Norman ''Fatboy Slim'' Cook what Robert Rauschenberg is to Roy Lichtenstein: Where...Royal Astronomy Mike ''[Mu]-Ziq'' Paradinas is to fellow sound collagist Norman ''Fatboy Slim'' Cook what Robert Rauschenberg is to Roy Lichtenstein: Where...1999-07-30
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Royal Astronomy

Producer (group): Record Collection

Mike ”[Mu]-Ziq” Paradinas is to fellow sound collagist Norman ”Fatboy Slim” Cook what Robert Rauschenberg is to Roy Lichtenstein: Where Cook turns pop riffs into oversize cartoons, Paradinas crafts knotty compositions out of everything in reach. Meshing orchestral pomp with hip-hop roughnecking or snarling techno with gnomic choirs, [Mu]-Ziq’s most epic session pits slapstick against pathos, pastoralism against urban paranoia. In the end, it’s usually a draw. But the thrill is always fun. B+