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Though only 22 years old, Mike Paradinas, the man behind m-Ziq, is already a dean of the electronic music scene. The Anglo whiz-kid has seemingly released 700 albums under as many monikers. My copy of No. 701, In Pine Effect, came with a scented air freshener so potent that I passed out when I opened the package and woke up thinking I was in a forest. Then I was conked out again by the music. Paradinas’ method is that of the audio butcher; he slices sounds and carves beats into a smorgasbord of tasty servings. The pat categorizing prevalent in electronic music doesn’t apply to Paradinas, because he seizes the entire sound spectrum and twists it until once-disparate genres intersect. Slowly unfolding threnodies, like album-opener “Roy Castle,” routinely are interspersed with old-school bumps (“Old Fun #1” is nearly ’80s electro with strings), funky, phased fantasias (“Dauphine”), and neck-cracking bliss-outs (“Within a Sound”). Nothing fits, and everything sounds perfect. With fellow electronicists Richard James (Aphex Twin) and Luke Vibert (Wagon Christ, Plug), Paradinas is heralding the future of music. Listen closely.CP