Review: As its title suggests, this release marks the re-appearance of Maetrik after a five-year hiatus. During that time, Eric Estornel, the US producer behind the project has been focusing on his other alter ego, Maceo Plex. Return also marks a renewed focus by Estornel on cutting-edge electronics. "Ninex 7 - C", with its dramatic synth sweeps, soaring, pulsating bass and propulsive rhythm, is a reminder of the Maetrik work of old on Iron Box, while "Cortex 11-B" sees him focus on a different approach. Led by frazzled, angular percussion and a bleep-laden groove, it is full of the relentless energy that defines the Maetrik sound.
Review: House music has always been about reinventing existing sources, and Maetrik upholds this proud tradition on Beast. Known for his gnarly rhythms and gritty basslines, "The Poem" is not short of such elements, as doubled up drums and a surging bass provide the backing. But Maetrik also mines the past and deep house lovers will quickly notice the use of Rastafarian Mutabaruka's vocals, which originally graced 1999's Dis Poem on Guidance. Maceo Plex takes control of "Walk Alone" and turns it into a slinky, pulsing techno groove with a menacing undercurrent, while "To The Top" is typical Maetrik fare, its buzzing bassline and industrial strength drums creating a claustrophobic feeling.
Review: On Eric Estornel's latest outing as Maetrik, the US producer sounds like he's edging into a parallel pop universe. Of course, this is a world entirely constructed by the Valencia-based artist, so on both the title track and "Push Me", Maetrik's hallmark nuances are evident: snappy, tight drums fuel droning, almost atonal basslines and abstract found sounds weave their way in and out of the dense arrangements. However, what's fuelling this push towards potentially greater recognition is the vocal line that sits seductively over the title track. Just how long will it be before we hear Maetrik informing a daytime audience that 'you've got a crush on me'?