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Album Review: Heterotic - Love & Devotion

By Brian Broderick Barnes posted Apr 02, 2013 at 12:55 AM


Mike Paradinas, better known as μ-Ziq, has spent the last twenty years crafting his own blend of IDM while running his label, Planet Mu, which internationally popularized Chicago Footwork, but also gives voice to such respected musicians as FaltyDL, Boxcutter, and Venetian Snares. After all this time, Mike is finally ready to make “music I really like instead of music that I'd do,” which he is apparently realizing alongside his wife, Lara Rix-Martin, on their new album “Love & Devotion” under the Heterotic moniker. 


Perhaps in response to the new influences that Lara brings in (largely late 1970s-era pop such as Fleetwood Mac and Kate Bush), Love & Devotion sounds incredibly analog, warm, and human in spite of its electronic leanings. Stylistically, the songs pull in all directions, at one moment sounding like New Order if they had somehow invented Chicago Deep-House in ’84 (on clear highlight “Blue Lights”), the next like Tin Drum-era Japan if fronted by Nick Drake (“Wartime”). Not enough praise can be put upon vocalist Nick Talbot, recording as Gravenhurst, who performs on four of the eight tracks. His affectingly subdued contributions vastly expand the already-emotional palate, touching upon themes of intimacy, distance, and hope.


In an independent musical landscape seemingly dominated by artists appropriating the sounds and styles of thirty-years past, Heterotic stands virtually alone in channeling classic sounds through modern electronic structure, rather than seeking pure emulation. Ultimately, Love & Devotion is incredibly modern and fresh, and hopefully signals a new trend in how artists interpret, rather than recreate, the past.

You can hear album standout "Blue Lights" ft. Gravenhurst Here

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