Tempo fa DLSO ha avuto il piacere di parlare con Mike Paradinas, più precisamente in una delle puntate della rubrica “Label Profile”, ma l’uscita di “Planet Mu 20th Anniversary” -boxset realizzato per celebrare i vent’anni di attività della sua etichetta discografica e che vede raccolte su tre CD tracce vecchie e nuove nonché inediti e remixes- ci ha dato il pretesto per riospitarlo. Questa volta Mike ci consente di dare un occhiata all’interno della propria collezione di dischi. Preparatevi a venire sorpresi:
The first record you bought:
Joe Dolce – Shaddap You Face
This early choice probably sums up my entire career unfortunately. I bought it on 7″ (the only format available back then) from the newsagent at the end of my road. Because it made me laugh. I think you can hear the influence it has had on me even now.
The record you own you are least proud of:
I own lots of generic trip hop that I was sent in the mid nineties, but it’s so bland that I can’t even remember any titles. I can think only of this 7″ by Classix Nouveax “Is It A Dream?”
But It has a lot going for it -Sal Solo is wearing an amazing leather trench in the video which I would love to own. The tune is actually pretty good, the Linn drum machine is powering the track along. Fuck it: I like this track. I’m going to have to find somnething much more bland. Maybe Funkstorung’s first album?
A record that made you want to start making music:
Depeche Mode – New Life
I was a bit obsessed with the sounds in this record, My brother had played me a lot of electronic stuff but this had the same feeling but in an up-to-date pop context.
A record that inspires you production-wise:
Bernard Parmegiani – De Natura Sonorum
I can’t work out how this was done and sounds so crystal clear and perfect but also so emotionally resonant.
Your favourite record by a Cornwall electronic producer of your choice:
Wagon Christ- Yeah
The one i’ve been listening to lately is At Atmos by Wagon Christ, one of Luke Vibert’s early EPs. It really is a perfect 5 tracks from beginning to end. And it’s a good opportunity to mention that we have a new Luke Vibert album “Bizarster” coming out in a month’s time.
A record that you own that makes you think about the future:
I don’t think about the future.
The Planet Mu record you are most fond of:
Kuedo – Severant
It as all the elements, great melodies, great rhythms, nostalgic, romantic, yearning and hurt. reminds me of 2010 a lot. It works well from beginning to end as an album. I could put any Mu record here really though.
The record that you use to come down and relax:
AFX – Vtnm2
This track always gets me very sleepy as does Vtnm
I use it to get my daughter to sleep in the car, I think it’s only failed one or two times out of a hundred. I also love to fall asleep with Ekoplekz – his music is really soporific and druggy.
Your favourite record of the 2015 so far:
Jlin – Dark Energy
But if it’s a non-Planet Mu one, then I really liked this one by Amnesia Scanner
He’s done some good dance music as well:
Most catchy pop single for me was QT
The last record you bought:
A Guy Called Gerald- Attic Attack
It’s his demos from 1996-1988, featuring early versions of what ended up on his debut album. No one does UK acid funkier and better than Gerald.