Royal Astronomy

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Royal Astronomy
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Studio album by µ-Ziq
Released 26 July 1999 (1999-07-26)
Genre Drill 'n' bass, IDM
Length 58:11
Label Hut, Astralwerks
Producer Mike Paradinas
µ-Ziq chronology
Lunatic Harness
(1997)Lunatic Harness1997
Royal Astronomy
(1999)
Bilious Paths
(2003)Bilious Paths2003
Singles from Royal Astronomy
  1. "The Fear"
    Released: 12 July 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 4/5[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
Muzik 3/5 stars[5]
NME 7/10[6]
Pitchfork 5.1/10[7]
PopMatters 8.5/10[8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
Spin 7/10[10]

Royal Astronomy is the fifth studio album by British electronic music producer µ-Ziq, released on 26 July 1999 by Hut Records and Astralwerks.

Critical reception[edit]

Jon Dolan of Spin gave the album a 7 out of 10, saying, "Royal Astronomy is his most ambitious work to date: a bold stab at classicism steeped in lush orchestrations that can be anything from sweetly elegiac to darkly bizarre—as if the embattled soul conducting the musicians is being torn between millennial nightmares and wistful visions of empires past."[10] Sarah Zupko of PopMatters gave the album an 8.5 out of 10, calling it "the most advanced and adventurous work of his career."[8]

NME named it the 38th best album of 1999.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Scaling" 4:14
2. "The Hwicci Song" 3:40
3. "Autumn Acid" 3:42
4. "Slice" 4:41
5. "Carpet Muncher" 3:00
6. "The Motorbike Track" 7:24
7. "Mentim" 4:29
8. "The Fear" 4:24
9. "Gruber's Mandolin" 2:39
10. "World of Leather" 4:22
11. "Scrape" 1:42
12. "56" 3:47
13. "Burst Your Arm" 6:26
14. "Goodbye, Goodbye" 4:11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bush, John. "Royal Astronomy – µ-Ziq". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "µ-Ziq: Royal Astronomy". Alternative Press (134): 108. September 1999. 
  3. ^ Hermes, Will (30 July 1999). "Royal Astronomy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 23 November 2017. 
  4. ^ Wyse, Pascal (6 August 1999). "Madness for the masses". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ Holmes, Andrew (September 1999). "µ-Ziq: Royal Astronomy (Hut Recordings)". Muzik (52): 76. 
  6. ^ Martin, Piers (21 July 1999). "µ-Ziq – Royal Astronomy". NME. Archived from the original on 6 March 2000. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  7. ^ Schreiber, Ryan (29 July 1999). "µ-Ziq: Royal Astronomy". Pitchfork. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Zupko, Sarah. "u-Ziq, Royal Astronomy". PopMatters. Archived from the original on 3 September 2000. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "µ-Ziq: Royal Astronomy". Q (156): 110. September 1999. 
  10. ^ a b Dolan, Jon (September 1999). "µ-Ziq: Royal Astronomy". Spin. 15 (9): 199. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  11. ^ "Albums And Tracks Of The Year: 1999". NME. 10 October 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2018. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Siegler, Dylan (19 June 1999). "Astralwerks' µ-Ziq Rolls Out 'Royal'". Billboard: 35. 

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