U-ZIQ meets Cal Tjader with a funky Moog-synth twist.
maxheaddrone | Charlotte, N.C. United States | 07/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a timeless, almost candid look at Mike Paradinas' recording and composing skills. The man has NO limitations to his capability. To consider that this album was recorded in a few weeks on a borrowed sampler/drum machine and a few vintage 70's synths always blows me away. And to consider that 'Moscheles' is a once used alias to such a versatile musician makes this album instant classic.
I think my favorite of his aliases is Jake Slazenger, second being u-Ziq, and Moscheles is third on my list, Kid Spatula being last, but not the least by far...(Tusken Raiders and Vennetian Snares are just trend setting standards to me, and I've never heard Deisel M).
This CD is VERY hard to find and should be quickly ordered while available. It is danceable and futuristic (Play It Again, Sonny), jazzy and technological (Surprise Horn pt.2), and the way that he builds his layers(Walk It Like This) is just so precise. In my eyes, Paradinas, along with a various few Warp label artists (namely Tenniswood, Weatherall, Vibert, James, Jenkinson)played the Creator to all of this Chemical Brother-Fatboy Slim-Moby jargon that's piped into car, bank, and computer commercials nationwide.
Before this music was on the charts, while Paradinas was still developing his true musical face, this dandy of an album was cranked out like a brain storm. Yet it comes accross like a senior album from an artist who has strived for years to get that perfect 'Gary Moscheles' sound. However, as I said earlier, this is the only album he has ever done in this style of Latin-dancehall-acid-funk to this date. And although Fila Brazillia, Clifford Gilberto and Amon Tobin have since made some great Latin Breaks, never has it sounded this aggressive and groovin all at once!!!
Buy it soon, ...It's worth every penny here - trust."