Mu, or µ, is the 12th letter of the Greek alphabet. Mu, or µ, is also the 12th incarnation of Mike Paradinas and his revolving circus of electronica blissout aliases. Neither is all that clearly defined.Cocksure and musically abrasive, Paradinas' newest journey, Bilious Paths, is under the moniker µ-Ziq (taken from the side of a blank tape and pronounced "mew-zeek") and like his preceding projects-Diesel M, Jake Slazenger, Gary Moscheles, Kid Spatula and Tusken Raiders-Paths requires one or all of three things: patience, pill-popping excess and/or a cheeky sense of humor. But isn't that the point of electronica? Don't we all turn into lustful, speaker-hugging wind-up dolls if we indulge in a bit of drum 'n' bass or distorted beatbox? Maybe that's the draw in the first place-or maybe it's the drugs.Paradinas is, beyond argument, one of the premier cardholders of experimental electronica and synth. As m-Ziq, he creates his most exciting and groundbreaking works and, as he's said in the past, "pays the bills," which come in the form of Planet Mu, his very own huggable label under the auspices of Virgin Records. A tour in support of Björk in the late '90s brought his reinvented electromelodies to the forefront of a popular Chemical Brothers and Prodigy revolution. While this didn't exactly vault Paradinas to the forefront of AAA radio bangfests, he was oddly welcomed into the indie-rock fold on the wings of Björk's credibility and his own performance capabilities.That's when the sex kittens left the building.As Paradinas began to reinvent the remix of pop songs as a "reworking-into-obliteration" movement, the pacifier crowd levitated out the door and the arthouse sub-jazz pack wafted in. But don't assume Paradinas necessarily cares. He's always been a bit on the satirical side. As anyone who performs as a character from Star Wars (Tusken Raiders) will tell you, one guy can wax on the throbbing sexy-cool act for so long before he's discovered as a talented little shit. And Mike Paradinas is a talented- though geeky-little shit.Bilious Paths, although a bit soggy through its midsection, is proper demonstration of Paradinas' ability. His first new album in four years, this disc actually accomplishes accessibility without sacrificing its experimental tendencies. Paradinas holds onto a crooked-smile charm with this release, attacking his wrenching pathos to a more cohesive, larger groove than any singular track. Each ever-mutating entry uses verbose but somehow ambitious introspection to tackle layer upon layer upon layer of beeps and bops and blasts and toots and blaring honks. Glass shatters. A speaker delves deep into bass territory. Someone screams. It all happens here with Paradinas calling zero attention to any of it. Attaching a flippantly indie attitude to this usually snottier-than-thou electronica genre actually adds an element of wingnut-loosening satire-or, as Digable Planets would say, a "rebirth of slick.""Johnny Mastricht" taps along until its third minute when it delves into layers of methodical beeps. The track is fussy, never sticking with a line of melody for longer than seconds and abandoning coherent feeling for pesky little bass riffs. "On/Off" is the best of the lot. Floating along on monumental groove, a funk howler can be heard in the background, screaming to the rock gods. This is a collection that requires persistence, but doles out rewards in the end.Now µ-Ziq must conquer America-an infinitely more daunting task than sachets through club-happy hoppers in Europe. Who knows what the black-clad rock dive crowd will make of Paradinas. If the 12th letter of the Greek alphabet and its accompanying µ-Ziq is any indication, he'd rather remain a bit of an enigma. Maybe the best electronica, by µ-Ziq standards, is the kind that no one really understands anyway.