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|2. Dance Reaction|
|5. Square-Pattern Aura|
|6. Machine Vibes|
|8. Soft Hoop|
|9. Let's Get...|
|10. Orange Alert (DFA Remix)|
|12. Caught Up|
Recalling the soulful experimentation of early club classics, the duo mix live and electronic instruments to stunning effect and yet enhance their creations with strict digital frameworks and solid loops. If you like the idea of clinical Linn drum machines rubbing shoulders with Philly strings, or deep, New Jersey house bedding down with stripped-back electro-funk, this could well be the record you've been looking for. --Paul Tierney
Metro area don't lean on to cliches that sometimes are too obvious in this genre. With rhodes, live string section, warm analog keyboards and modern loops they create their on timeless sound.
The thing that makes this record so great is the songs. There are so many musical ideas in every song and there are just very few elements there. But when something comes in it always sounds that this is excactly where it should come. You can dance with it or you can just sit and listen to the songs and their every different minimalist elements.
If you like modern dance music or just rhythm music generally then i can't recommend this record enough. This is already a classic. Can't wait 'til the next album.
It just goes to show that classic cuts need not have been created in yesteryear. Echoing the track selections from the likes of Hed Kandi’s ‘Disco Kandi’ series, the music takes inspiration from the duo’s love of the old moods of R’n’B, disco and boogie, along with today’s sounds of pioneering house and techno.
This album has some brilliant pieces such as Dance Reaction, Muira, and Machine Vibes. Funky, chic and groovy, ‘Metro Area’ does not put a foot wrong, and provides quality track after quality track throughout the duration of the album.
For lovers of dance music and the old skool vibe, and even for those who are mildly curious, this has to be one of the highlights of the year, and definitely an essential purchase. It’s that good – plain and simple.