Planet Mu is a British electronic music label. It was founded in 1995 by Mike Paradinas (µ-Ziq) as a subsidiary of Virgin, which it remained until 1998 - the year they became independent, becoming one of the key players in European electronic music. Initially based in Worcester, they later moved to London, while currently they're working out of Kent.
Initially, Planet Mu focussed on IDM, with artists like Jega and the many incarnations of Paradinas himself (Tusken Raiders, Kid Spatula and µ-Ziq). At the start of this century, they began exploring the more extreme varieties of electronica, releasing records by the likes of Hellfish & Producer, Shitmat and Venetian Snares, thus becoming one of the key breakcore labels. As a true reflection of Paradinas' musical taste, Planet Mu releases anything they find original. In 2004, they started with dubstep, UK garage, grime and jungle - signing Mark One, Vex'd, Bizzy B and Virus Syndicate. In the second half of the noughties, their eclectic spirit made them take yet another turn, this time including sounds like juke / footwork (with DJ Nate, DJ Rashad and the compilations “Bangs And Works”) and music with bright textures (with Tropics, Oriol and Falty DL), as well as releasing records by such diverse artists as Terror Danjah, Kuedo, Anti-G and Solar Bears.
µ-Ziq: “Lunatic Harness” (1997)
Venetian Snares: “The Chocolate Wheelchair Album” (2003)
Vex'd: “Degenerate” (2005)
Luke Vibert: “Lover's Acid” (2005)
MRK 1: “Copyright Laws” (2006)
Boxcutter: “Glyphic” (2007)
Solar Bears: “She Was Coloured In” (2010)
Kuedo: “Severant” (2011)
The Doubtful Guest