VARIOUS ARTISTS 'µ20' [PLANET MU] regular edition out - September 4, 2015 / deluxe limited edition out - October 2, 2015
Planet Mu is a label that has always survived on its own very independent terms. For 20 years it's existed both on the fringes and in the centre of emerging electronic music, from IDM and breakcore to dubstep and grime and lately to footwork, which it took a chance on, opening it up to the world through the two Bangs & Works compilations. It also has a strong history of connecting the dots in between those genres by supporting idiosyncratic artists, from label stalwart Venetian Snares to Kuedo, Machinedrum, Boxcutter, Vex'd, Falty DL, Luke Vibert, Ital, Jlin and Mr. Mitch to name just a few.
Run by Mike Paradinas, who under the name µ-Ziq was one of the first wave of producers pushing the musical envelope in the wake of house and techno's initial burst of inspiration, Planet Mu is an established engine of creativity and enquiry, with one foot in the pop world, and a sense of fun that never lets its experimentation disappear into exclusivity and snobbery.
To celebrate their 20th Anniversary, Planet Mu have organised a 50-track, triple CD compilation of both old and new unreleased tracks and remixes packaged in a deluxe dvd-style boxset complete with a 100 page book charting the history of the label, with insight from artists and staff, written by electronic music writer Rory Gibb.
The music on CDs one and two is mainly from the current decade, with contributions from Kuedo, Machinedrum, John Wizards, Ital Tek, Remarc, Boxcutter, RP Boo, John T. Gast, Jlin and new signing Herva to name but a few. They're colourful, broad and adventurous rides across the roster that will impress and excite any fan of electronic music and are a strong reminder of the consistent quality and broad mindedness of the label too.
CD three features more of the older guard, dipping back into the roster from the late nineties and early 2000s with a range of noisier, knottier contributions from artists including Jega, Neil Landstrumm, Speedy J, Shitmat, Leafcutter John, Hellfish, Datach'i and Hrvatski, it's the perfect compilation for hardcore fans and a brilliant and friendly introduction to the label for curious newcomers too.
Note: As well as the deluxe boxset which will be released October 2nd, there will be a regular slimmed-down double CD edition without the book which will be released September 4th. A digital version featuring all 50 tracks and a selected vinyl edition will also be released September 4th.
TRACK LIST for DELUXE LIMITED EDITION (3 CDs & Book)
Note- regular edition is CD 1 & CD2 only
01 KUEDO - SLOW KNIFE (2014) / 02 HERVA - KILA (2014) / 03 REMARC - THUNDERCLAP (DUBPLATE MIX) (2009) / 04 DJ DIAMOND - DOZIN (2014) / 05 ANTI-G - OOHH SHIT (2015) / 06 ITAL - DIGI DUB (2015) / 07 MR. MITCH - PHANTOM PROPHET (2015) / 08 EKOPLEKZ - DETROIT (2014) / 09 CLAUDE SPEED - CENTER TECH (2014) / 10 RP BOO - AZZOUTOF CONTROL (2004) / 11 TRAXMAN - NOTHING STAYS THA SAME (FUNK BOMB REMIXX) (2015) / 12 ITAL TEK - VACUUM I (2015) / 13 FALTYDL - BRAZIL (MADDSLINKY REMIX) (2010) / 14 BOXCUTTER - NEONIA (2012) / 15 VENETIAN SNARES - MEETING A BUDDHA (2013
01 µ-ZIQ - CHERK (2014) / 02 JLIN & FAWKES - ANKOU CELESTE (2015) / 03 SILK ROAD ASSASSINS - SHADED (2015) / 04 ORIOL - NEAR ME (2012) / 05 MACHINEDRUM - LE OL SKOOL (2011) / 06 JOHN T. GAST - CONGRESS (ORIGINAL VERSION) (2015) / 07 SWINDLE - AIRMILES (TERROR DANJAH CARBON FOOTPRINT REMIX) (2010) / 08 MILANESE - 1UP (2004) / 09 LUKE VIBERT - STARCHILD (2011) / 10 JOHN WIZARDS - LUSHOTO (µ-ZIQ REMIX) (2013) / 11 MIRACLE - STRANGE TASTE (2013)/ 12 POLYSICK - MAGOG (2014) / 13 GEMMY - GOIN' UP (2014) / 14 HETEROTIC - CUTE (2014) / 15 DJ NATE - AWWW BABY YEA (2014) / 16 VEX'D - FIRESTAR (2003) / 17 KONX-OM-PAX - ASTRO BELTER (2014)
CD3 (deluxe limited edition only) - note deluxe edition also comes with a book not available with any other format
01 JEGA - 103 (1997) / 02 LEAFCUTTER JOHN - KICKCUT (2001) / 03 NEIL LANDSTRUMM - BEAUTY SQ (2010) / 04 DYKEHOUSE - CLOUD SCULPTOR (2002) / 05 µ-ZIQ - IMPROPER (1997) / 06 THE GASMAN - 2TEQ-10 (2013) / 07 HRVATSKI - GLASS (2000) / 08 DATACH'I - GREENWOOD MATING RITUAL (2003) / 09 HELLFISH - PANDORA'S FRONT SMASH HOLE (PLANET PUKE EDIT) (2015) / 10 ED LAWES - CHAIN 1 & END (2004) / 11 SLAG BOOM VAN LOON - BUTCH (SPEEDY J REMIX) (1999) / 12 MARK ONE - DIRTY BIRDS (2004) / 13 FROST JOCKEY - TWEE (1998) / 14 REMANO ESZILDN - CONTAX (2008) / 15 AMBULANCE - CIRCLETTE (2002) / 16 MRS JYNX - CORAL FACE (2006) / 17 TIM TETLOW - STELOPHANE 101 (2000) / 18 SHITMAT - S950-003 (2008)
OFFICIAL LABEL PAGE for µ20 with clips of all tracks http://www.planet.mu/discography/ZIQ370
VINYL Edition Track list (released via Vinyl Factory) http://www.thevinylfactory.com/vinyl-factory-news/vf-to-release-planet-mu-20th-anniversary-comp-on-vinyl-stream-11-previously-unreleased-tracks-now
A1 Kuedo - Slow Knife (2014) / A2 µ-Ziq - Cherk (2014) / A3 Remarc - Thunderclap (Dubplate Mix) (2009) B1 DJ Diamond - Dozin (2014) / B2 Ital - Digi Dub (2015) / B3 Mr. Mitch - Phantom Prophet (2015)
C1 Traxman - Nothing Stays Tha Same (Funk Bomb Remixx) (2015) / C2 Ekoplekz - Detroit (2013) / C3 Claude Speeed - Center Tech (2014) D1 Venetian Snares - Meeting A Buddha (2013) / D2 Jlin & Fawkes - Ankou Celeste (2015) / D3 DJ Nate - Awww Baby Yea (2014)
E1 Machinedrum - Le Ol Skool (2011) / E2 Luke Vibert - Starchild (2011) / E3 Vex'd - Firestar (2003) F1 Jega - 103 (1997) / F2 John T. Gast - Congress (Original Version) (2015) / F3 Slag Boom Van Loon - Butch (Speedy J Remix) (1999)
Stream selections from the vinyl edition below
A LIMITED EDITION PLANET MU T-SHIRT IS AVAILABLE at http://www.planet.mu/shop/clothing/u-20-limited-edition-t-shirt
More about Planet Mu
Planet Mu is an electronic music label run by Mike Paradinas (also known as µ-Ziq) and based in Great Britain. From 1995 until 1997 the label was a subsidiary imprint of Virgin Records, releasing µ-Ziq's own records and the "Mealtime" various artists compilation. In 1998 Mike Paradinas took the label independent, distributed through SRD. The label started releasing music by like-minded experimental electronic musicians including artists like Luke Vibert, Jega, Venetian Snares, Kettel and many others. This kind of post-IDM is what a lot of people think Planet Mu is about but it's so much more. Since the early 2000’s the label has also tracked and reflected Mike’s love of British dance music, releasing some of the first Dubstep albums, Mark One's "One Way" in 2004 and Vex'd’s "Degenerate" in 2005. They also put out one of the first Grime artist albums, Virus Syndicate’s "Work Related Illness" in 2005, as well as many 12" singles by the likes of Benga, Pinch, Distance and more. In 2003 Planet Mu proved it had an ear for bringing overlooked yet cutting edge dance music to wider audiences by releasing essential retrospectives of underground British dance producers Remarc, Terror Danjah and Bizzy B. In 2006 Mary Anne Hobbs curated the peerless "Warrior Dubz", the first of three very successful compilations with the label. Since the late 00's Planet Mu started to look further afield for new influences becoming pivotal in the dissemination of Chicago Footwork, releasing two volumes of the "Bangs & Works" series, as well as singles from DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, DJ Clent and acclaimed albums from RP Boo, DJ Diamond and Traxman. The label has continued to follow this many-forked path to this day, releasing an ever-growing diverse range of music from the African pop of John Wizards to the cosmic rock of Ireland's Solar Bears, from the future beats of Kuedo to the Fleetwood Mac inspired pop of Heterotic (which featured the sadly now departed Nick Talbot). It has also looked increasingly to America, signing pivotal albums from Ital, Machinedrum, Falty DL and others. It would be fair to say that Planet Mu is consistently ahead of the curve, innovative and bold in it's outlook. In 2015 the label will release albums from Claude Speeed, John T Gast, Jlin, Drew Lustman, Ekoplekz, RP Boo, with many more surprises to come.
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