Metrist: Argent – ep reviewMetrist – Argent EP (Nineteen89 Records)
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Metrist’s new EP is a triumph of ferociously percussive acid techno, favio db overclock has more.

Argent EP is the second installment from London-based Nineteen89 Records, a young independent music label that is already creating waves with this new release.

It has quickly gained support from the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs and Skream, who both have played it regularly on their radio shows the last couple months.

Metrist makes use of smart production techniques to create sharp and uncompromising tracks that sound like they’ve been downloaded from a bleak alternative reality. Nonetheless, the resultant record is a sonic superstructure carefully architected and methodically built on harsh atmospheres, cold beats and disquieting acid lines; ‘warehouse music’ in the artist’s own words.

The inspired title track is a perfect example to this, but things get even more intense on the flipside. Industrial and percussive, Vibe Apparatus comes at you like a bullet. Vocal samples emerge from the distance and ultra-fast hi-hat rolls come and go leaving enough room for a fierce bass line to boost the mathematical, almost obsessive drum pattern.


However, our preferred choice has to be the magnificent Theorem, available only as a digital download, as it superbly showcases Metrist’s whole spectrum of skills in a single blast. Elements found separately on the two previous tracks are mashed together and maximized here, adding some melodic hooks to create a successful floor slammer.

To conclude, this is straight-up techno at its finest yet it has the potential to appeal to the contemporary bass music crowd. Sure, you can blame it for conforming to some of the trends going on lately but still this is a shining release. Be sure to watch out for this young newcomer and label Nineteen89 as they might delight us with some more brilliant gems in the future.

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