Lunatic Harness album cover
Lunatic Harness


Planet Mu

Mike Paradinas is one of the few to get the royal nod from Richard D. James himself, becoming a full collaborator with him on several occasions. Lunatic Harness is where Paradinas really spins out his variation on the Aphex formula of hectic programming and explosive sample manipulation. This music leans a little goofier than the average Aphex Twin and has its own sense of syncopation that feels a touch more humanoid than the James style. (I think maybe Mike actually likes to dance?) One the best deconstructions of drum n bass from the time, in that it’s entirely serious as an engagement and completely unhinged in its execution.

Sasha Frere-Jones

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