Expert Knob Twiddlers is a 1996 studio album by Mike Paradinas and Richard D. James. On 14 July 2016, Planet Mu announced that a reissued version would be released with seven bonus tracks in September 2016. Mike Paradinas described the sound of the album as "an updated version of easy listening and funk". James had heard the music Paradinas had made under the name of Jake Slazenger and invited him to create tracks.
The style-blending, however, cancels out the particular attractions of both artists, and the listener is left with a somewhat bland album. Fans of Aphex and µ-Ziq will be excited, but newcomers should go elsewhere before they dig this deep.
So you might consider Expert Knob Twiddlers to be James’ version of Quiet Nights. Though it’s a low-key record that doesn’t pretend to be about innovation, Expert Knob Twiddlers is interesting as a time capsule. It was recorded on relatively crude equipment in 1994, when both James and Paradinas were working at an early peak and releasing massive amounts of music under a variety of names, and it was released in ’96, when James was basically a superstar as Aphex Twin. In every gesture, it feels tied to the mid-’90s, offering Mike and Rich’s version of the Gen X nostalgia that was everywhere at the time.
Expert Knob Twiddlers is a 1996 studio album by Mike Paradinas and Richard D.
Expert Knob Twiddlers, released 20 years ago on Rephlex and reissued this month on Planet Mu, is the product of alcohol-fueled jam sessions, in which the two artists bounced off each other over arrangements that pop and resettle like some sort of psychedelic snowglobe. Aside from it being an Aphex Twin and µ-Ziq collaboration, this record's spirit of fun has afforded it a cult status. The tracklist is tweaked to make room for the additional tracks. Vodka (Mix 2)" and "Jelly Fish (Mix 2)" are the new standouts, but it's cuts from the vaults, like "Portamento Gosh" and "Clissold Bathroom," that quietly complete the album.
|A6||Winner Takes All|
|A8||Giant Deflating Football|
|B1||The Sound Of The Beady Eyes|
|B2||Bu Bu Bu Ba|
|B3||Vodka (Mix 2)|
|B6||Brivert & Muonds|
|B8||Jelly Fish (Mix 2)|
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Planet Mu Records Ltd.
- Copyright (c) – Planet Mu Records Ltd.
- Published By – Chrysalis Music
- Published By – BMG Music Publishing
- Cover – Johnie Clayton*, Richard James*
- Performer [Everything By] – Michael Paradinas*, Richard James*
NotesReissued & remastered from the original DAT tapes. Includes seven bonus tracks.
℗2016 Planet Mu Records Ltd.
©2016 Planet Mu Records Ltd.
Published by Chrysalis/BMG.
Made in the EU.
Front cover is a parody/edit of the box art for the MB tabletop game 'Downfall'.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 5 055300 385840
- Barcode (Scanned): 5055300385840
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