Planet Mu to release debut LP by Mu-Ziq side project Heterotic

We’ve barely stumbled into 2013, but Planet Mu boss Mike ‘μ-Ziq’ Paradinas has already announced his second project of the year.

As reported, Paradinas is primed to release retrospective disc Somerset Avenue Tracks (1992-1995), which collects a stack of cobwebby odds and sods from his archives (and comes with a free supplementary album of extra material to boot). Paradinas’ hard-earned reputation as one of electronica’s most prolific operators – he’s amassed over 20 LPs since the early 1990s – is set to continue with a fresh full-length project in 2013.

Heterotic sees Paradinas team-up with fellow producer (and, as it happens, wife) Lara Rix-Martin. To date, they’ve produced a skittering remix of Kuedo’s ‘Shutter Light Girl’ and a NastyNasy remix situated somewhere between Flight Muzik and Air France, plus the occasional wonky instrumental on their Soundcloud page. As Juno Plus report, a debut LP is now done and dusted.

Love & Devotion will collect eight new tracks from the pair. In contrast to the antsy electronica they’ve been turning out to date, it sounds as if Love & Devotion will be Heterotic’s answer to Darkstar’s North  – a woozy melodic pop record with electronic dance inflections. Nick Talbot (aka Warp regular Gravenhurst) serves as a supplementary member of the group on the album, contributing vocals to four tracks on the record.

According to the press bumpf accompanying the LP, Love & Devotion‘s thematic concerns include “a world profoundly haunted by its past” and “the idea of the unreliable narrator” – which suggests a change in tone from when Paradinas was releasing records as Slag Boom Van Loon. Love And Devotion will drop on March 25.

01. Bliss
02. Blue Lights (ft. Gravenhurst)
03. Wartime (ft. Gravenhurst)
04. Robo Corp
05. Devotion (ft. Gravenhurst)
06. Knell
07. Slumber (ft. Gravenhurst)
08. Fanfare



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