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  • Summary: The 14 track collection of songs from Planet Mu's Mike Paradinas was culled from mostly unreleased material recorded in the late 1990s.
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  • Record Label: Planet Mu
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Techno, Experimental Techno, IDM, Jungle/Drum'n'Bass, Experimental Jungle, Drill'n'bass
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  1. Apr 16, 2018
    85
    Not only does this stand out as one of Paradinas' best albums to date, but also as one of IDM's.
  2. Apr 20, 2018
    80
    Music outside the pop/rock scope seems even more immune to aging, meaning that Challenge Me Foolish would have no problem passing as a 2018 release. Adding icing to the cake is the album's diversity.
  3. Apr 16, 2018
    80
    The album is still a whole lot of fun, filled with the childlike sense of wonder common to much of Paradinas' best work. The late '90s were clearly a magical era for him, and Challenge Me Foolish is just as essential as any of his other releases of material from that period.
  4. The Wire
    Jul 12, 2018
    80
    Challenge Me Foolish reveals just how influential he was and continues to be. [May 2018, p.62]
  5. May 23, 2018
    64
    An album that's alluring in passing, but might not have you doubling back for a closer inspection.
  6. Apr 16, 2018
    60
    As there's been no sign of new material from Paradinas in the past half-decade, Challenge Me Foolish is just interesting and familiar enough to keep µ-Ziq fans satiated, even if it is inferior to Royal Astronomy.
  7. Apr 16, 2018
    58
    Breakbeats have become fashionable again, so a dusted-off track like “Undone” doesn’t sound quite as dated, with Paradinas playfully bouncing between tympani boom, percolator bip, and dramatic background strings. ... But “Bassbins” also shows that the more aggro and cartoonish take on it (which anticipated the rise of breakcore) remains out of fashion for good reason.
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