Despite the cold weather and depressing output of reality TV, there are still a few reasons left for the UK to show a little pride when it comes to national assets. With diamond-like precision, Alex Metric and Stuart Price, also known as Jacques Lu Cont have raised the bar where forward-thinking dance music is concerned. But given a world premiere spin by Annie Mac on BBC Radio One last night, the two Brits combine forces to unveil their new collaborative effort, ‘Safe With You’. Rallying fast twitching melodic play, coarse undertones and a seductive vocal line from Malin Dahlström of Niki & The Dove, ‘Safe With You’ pays further testament to the duo’s ability to master several different sound scopes.
The release date is yet to be announced.
In a nod to his newly acquired Prophet One synth, the Zane Lowe-premiered ‘Prophecies’ takes the lead of the second part of Metric’s ‘Ammunition’ EP series. Driving screeching synths alongside an expertly tailored bass line, ‘Prophecies’ is a testament not only to this leader of the British new school, but the promising UK scene to which Metric reigns a key player. Accompanied by a funky collaborative track alongside Oliver called ‘Motion Study’ and a slew of remixes of previously released ‘Rave Weapon’, this EP makes for an impressive debut on Skrillex’s Owsla Records and a worthy follow-up release to the successful first ‘Ammunition’ EP.
Update: A full Soundcloud stream is now available.
On the back of their acclaimed second studio album, indie rock band Two Door Cinema Club return to release the second single from the album along with a slew of feel-good remixes from the likes of Fred Falke, Gildas and Alex Metric.
Where Falke headlines the release with his signature sweep of sparkly vintage synths, newcomer Gildas lays down a funky number in the name of Kitsuné, leaving enough room for Alex Metric to round out the release with a synth-filled, uptempo formula. Though not formally included in the iTunes release, Gigamesh’s official version is certainly no worse, featuring relaxing, good-time vibes that have already seen plays from the likes of Avicii.
In a nod to his newly acquired Prophet One synth, Metric previews the first single off of the upcoming part two of his ‘Ammunition’ EP series, as premiered by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1. Driving screeching synths alongside an expertly tailored bass line, ‘Prophecies’ is a testament not only to this leader of the British new school, but the promising UK scene to which Metric reigns a key player.
Out December 3rd alongside ‘Motion Study’ with Oliver and a slew of ‘Rave Weapon’ remixes.
To those still relishing in the timeless stylings of legendary French duo Daft Punk, the latest work from UK’s forward-thinking asset Alex Drury, better known to the world as Alex Metric, should come as something of a treat out of the ordinary.
Taking on the duty of remodelling New York City band St. Lucia, the London resident extends his reign on inventive House music with a Daft Punk-esque remix of their latest single, aptly entitled ‘September’. Replacing the restrained and soothing stylings of the original with his own, classic take on nu-disco, Metric would struggle to find a more promising follow-up remix to his take on The Presets’ ‘Youth In Trouble’.
With an already eclectic collection of emotionally refined tunes behind him, the silence that had previously surrounded London’s Alex Metric is finally shattered with free to download the Ammunition EP. Amid the material, it is ‘Anybody Else’ that really hits home the ongoing stamina to which Metric brings to the studio. Pitting his sophisticated blend of new age Electro and traditionally tuned 80’s Disco, the diverse melodic developments and scattered vintage synths make for a nostalgic track that further doubles up as an intense track for the consistent producer.
Words by Dan Carter
Celebrating the release of the Hollywood remake of the successful Swedish 2009 motion picture, based on one of the many ingriguing books from Stieg Larsson, five festivities are arranged to take place across the globe, whereof one is set to take place in Sweden capital. Also hosting a number of top-class DJ acts, Saturday evening at Ambassadeur in Stockholm, Sweden is certain to be a convivial event.
The line-up – headlined by a DJ set from Miike Snow Sound System, which consists of Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg and Andrew Wyatt from the indie pop group Miike Snow – embraces a widespread variety of different genres and sounds. Founded in 2007, Miike Snow are a trio responsible for a diverse sound and a wide pallette of top notch radio hits like Animal, Black & Blue and Silvia off their self-titled debut album in 2009. Having made appearances on worldwide television, been given prime-time air-time on BBC’s radio channels and other established radio stations as well as being featured in numerous sport games and events, their luscious and rhythmical sound has planted themselves as a sensational act in the music industry. And not only have their outputs become vastly recognized hit singles on the radio, but their onslaught on electronic dance music has made notable impact on clubland over the past couple of years with remix duties from Sebastian Ingrosso & Dirty South, Bart B More, Crookers, DJ Mehdi and more.
Chase & Status, the electronic music duo from London, are also joining in on the string of unique acts coming to Sweden this weekend. With their second album, ”No More Idols” out, Will Kennard and Saul Milton have become two of the more influential producers in drum and bass, breakbeat and dubstep lately. Holding a track roster that comprises everything from the intricate sound design of ‘End Credits’, with Plan B, to soothing records like Time, with an amazing vocal from Delilah, Chase & Status are recurringly showing their capability of combining different genres into a spot-on merge.
Noisia, the Dutch trio who recently signed with Deadmau5′ Mau5trap label, are responsible for a dynamic touch to the drum and bass and dubstep scenes. Nik Roos, Martijn van Sonderen and Thijs de Vlieger’s complex and creative take on the elementary dubstep has become their crucial ground-breaker along with recent-times releases on Mau5trap. Despite the fact that they have been around since early 00’s, it’s not until recently the Dutchmen have breached new barriers with the release of Tommy’s Theme, a remix to Deadmau5 and more.
Last but not least, we have Alex Drury, professionally known as Alex Metric, rounding this unique line of eminent electronic music icons off. Primarily known for his infamous collaboration with Steve Angello, titled ‘Open Your Eyes’, and the quite recent remix to Niki & The Dove’s ‘Mother Protect’ which has been a regular in the live sets of the entire camp Swedish House Mafia this year, mainly in a mashup with Afrojack’s ‘Replica’, Metric has become a household name of EMI Music after also having remixed the likes of Depeche Mode, Bloc Party, La Roux, NERD, Phoenix and more.
We are, yet again, honored to have been delegated an exclusive guest list for this event which provides free entry for our fellow followers and readers. All you have to do to sign yourself up is to send your name and age (an age of 18 is required) to firstname.lastname@example.org and mark the e-mail by ”3 December guest list”. One name equals free entry for two. We have a limited amount of spots on the list so firstcome first served!
The guest list is full. For all of you already on it, be there in time!
When: 3rd of December, 19:00 – 00:00 December 4th (GMT+1)
Where: Ambassadeur, Kungsgatan 18 in Stockholm, Sweden
Miike Snow – 23:15
Chase & Status – 21:45
Noisia – 20:30
Alex Metric – 19:30
Age: 20+ (18+ on our guest list)
The night will proceed as usual after 00:00 and ultimately close at 04:00.
Following the Pete Tong-praised release of the long-awaited original in late January, Alex Metric and Steve Angello’s Open Your Eyes returns in a vocal version, graced by the golden voice of Ian Brown. Headlined by a remix from Tim Mason – a talent whom most recently has been one of the main subjects across the globe with the breakthrough single The Moment under his belt – which has been getting some serious support by the likes of Axwell among others, the remix package is a great example of the success the Swedes have managed to bring talented producers. Third Party is yet another production outfit, unearthed by Steve Angello himself, topical with a brand new follow-up to Release called Duel. The London duo was even brought along on the recent Size Matters bus tour across the U.S. and is hereby unleashing their massive contender for this package. Last but not least, the Refune-championed Style of Eye graces the package with his distinguished sound. The release is now available on Size Records and Positiva Records!
Having unveiled the stunning remixes from the talented Tim Mason and Third Party, Style of Eye’s version of the track is the third remix of Alex Metric and Steve Angello’s Open Your Eyes to be revealed. With the catchy Sexx installed on Ingrosso’s prestigious Refune Records under his belt, this remix is yet another great example of the Swedish’s distinguished productions. Featuring the voice of Ian Brown, the full vocal package including remixes is due out on May 8th through Size Records and Positiva Records, have a listen!
Third Party made a name for themselves back in late 2010, installing themselves on the highly-regarded Size Records with the massive Release. Not only are they being topical with the absolute brilliant follow-up, Duel, the two talents have had the honor of remixing label owner Steve Angello himself and his hugely acclaimed Open Your Eyes, which he crafted alongside Alex Metric. After having successfully been dropped in late January this year, a vocal mix, featuring an amazing vocal from Ian Brown, is due on May 1st. A remix package is also coming your way, representative of Size Records and Positiva Records. Tim Mason’s stunning remix of the track was unveiled just two weeks ago and now it’s time to shed light on Third Party’s considerably poundier version. With the assistance of a major set of drums, the talents are scoring yet another great tune. It’s due on May 8th, have a listen!
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