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Mike & Rich ‎– Expert Knob Twiddlers LP

Mike & Rich ‎– Expert Knob Twiddlers LP


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Product Description

A collaboration between Aphex Twin (Richard D. James) and μ–Ziq (Mike Paradinas), Mike & Rich - ’Expert Knob Twiddlers’ was made back in 1994. Richard edited the tracks into shape later in 1996 with his new Apple Mac computer and it was released later that year on Rephlex, the label he co-owned and which released the first two albums by μ-Ziq.
This new reissued version has been carefully cleaned up, re-edited and remastered from the original DAT tapes, put into a more fitting order and, more excitingly, seven new bonus tracks and alternative versions have also been added.

The album was recorded over a few days during the 1994 World Cup, back when Richard lived in a big shared flat in Stoke Newington. Richard had tried to collaborate with a few other likeminded artists but something clicked when Mike and Rich worked together and the sessions have a unique feel; playful and at times actually drunk. These are fun experiments in the spirit of lighthearted moog pop and ripe 70s British TV themes, standing out from the po-faced electronica of the time with a garish glee.

The record was made on what is now seen as pretty primitive gear - an Atari, Roland MKS-80, Memorymoog, Roland R8 and a handful of samples on a Casio FZ-10M - but it’s to their credit that it resonates well with the hardware workouts coming out today. There's a broadminded but sloppy funk to the record, even whistling, singing and harpsichord in 'Reg' and wonky beat pile-ons in 'Jelly Fish'. There's latin piano and wheezy drunken techno in ‘Vodka’, or the sleepy spaced out ambience of ‘Bu Bu Bu Ba' with its barely contained laughter which seems to reflect the absurdity.

The new versions and bonus tracks are an absolute delight and well worth the purchase - from a trancier version of ‘Vodka' to the wonky bounce of ‘Portamento Gosh', The 3/4 dub of 'Waltz,' the banging door bass of' Brivert and Muonds', the creepy seasick atmosphere of 'Clissold Bathroom' and finishing with the strangely graceful and serious 'Organ Plodder'. A generous and welcome return to the racks.

Label: Planet Mu ‎– ziq369lp
Format: 3 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country: Europe
Released: 02 Sep 2016
Genre: Electronic, Jazz
Style: Downtempo, IDM, Experimental, Ambient


A1 Mr Frosty
A2 Reg
B1 Jelly Fish
B2 Eggy Toast
B3 Vodka
C1 Winner Takes All
C2 Giant Deflating Football
C3 Upright Kangaroo
D1 The Sound Of Beady Eyes
D2 Bu Bu Bu Ba
E1 Vodka (Mix 2)
E2 Portamento Gosh
E3 Waltz
F1 Brivert & Muonds
F2 Clissold Bathroom
F3 Jelly Fish (Mix 2)
F4 Organ Plodder