Expert Knob Twiddlers

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Expert Knob Twiddlers
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Studio album by Mike & Rich
Released June 24, 1996 (1996-06-24)
Length 57:51
Label Rephlex

Expert Knob Twiddlers is a 1996 studio album by Mike Paradinas and Richard D. James. It was released in 1996 on Rephlex Records.

Production[edit]

Mike Paradinas described the sound of the album as "an updated version of easy listening and funk".[1] James had heard the music Paradinas had made under the name of Jake Slazenger and invited him to create tracks.[2] Paradinas noted James had invited other artists to collaborate with him, including Luke Vibert, Squarepusher and Cylob and was honoured that his collaborative tracks were chosen for the release.[2] Both artists were getting drunk while developing tracks, something that Paradinas stated that neither artist regularly did.[2]

The track "Giant Inflating Football" was written during the 1994 FIFA World Cup.[2] Paradinas noted that the two "were able to quite quickly write a large amount of material. "Giant Inflating Football" is named because it had some quite weird percussion sounds made by scraping and blowing in a microphone. It sounded like a big wheezing football. We took a bit of acid afterwards to listen to it, and we were coming out with some imagery like 'Beady Eyes', which is mentioned in one of the tracks."[2]

Release[edit]

Expert Knob Twiddlers was released by Rephlex Records on June 24, 1996 on audio cassette, compact disc and vinyl.[3] Paradinas felt the album should have been released as early as 1994, stating that "At that time, that style was something that no one else had done [...] It wasn't like anything anyone heard before really. By the time it did come out, a lot of things came out like Carbon Trio and there was a lot of revived interest in easy listening. Neither of us was prepared for it."[1]

The cover of the album features Paradinas and James playing the Milton Bradley game Downfall.[4]

Reception[edit]

The Guardian gave the album three stars, calling it "a lovingly kitsch collaboration" and that the album "might easily have been a loathsomely ironic exercise." stating that the track "Mr. Frosty" made the album "worth owning".[5] The review concluded that "much of the rest is indulgent piffle."[5] AllMusic gave the album four stars, while noting that the mixed styles of James and Paradinas "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."[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mr. Frosty" – 6:51
  2. "Jelly Fish" – 6:30
  3. "Eggy Toast" – 4:07
  4. "Reg" – 5:57
  5. "Vodka" – 4:12
  6. "Winner Takes All" – 5:44
  7. "Giant Deflating Football" – 6:22
  8. "Upright Kangaroo" – 3:31
  9. "The Sound of Beady Eyes" – 7:46
  10. "Bu Bu Bu Ba" – 6:51

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Credits[edit]

The credits state "Everything by Richard James and Michael Paradinas except for cover by Richard James and Michael Clayton".[7]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "u-Ziq Interview by Jason Gross". Perfect Sound Forever. September 1997. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Bulut, Selim (September 8, 2015). "The 20 tracks that define Planet Mu, according to Mike Paradinas". Dummy. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ "[Inside Promo Sheet]". Expert Knob Twiddlers (Media notes). Mike & Rich. Rephlex Records. 1996. CAT 027 LP. 
  4. ^ Buckley 2003, p. 35.
  5. ^ a b Bennun, David (July 19, 1996). "Dance". The Guardian (London: Guardian News & Media Limited). p. A12. ISSN 0261-3077. 
  6. ^ Bush, John. "Expert Knob Twiddlers". AllMusic. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "[Inside sleeve]". Expert Knob Twiddlers (Media notes). Mike & Rich. Rephlex Records. 1996. cat027cd. 

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