Review: The concept behind Friction's Vs series is simple: hook up with as many mates in the studio as possible and write straight-up floor-flatteners. No theme, no pretention, just talented producers working together and playing off each other's strengths. Following epic co-labs with the likes of Icicle, Technimatic and Total Science comes the fattest edition yet as the BBC broadcaster teams up with Dimension (hooky and euphoric), Prolix (outrageously nasty and techy), Metrik (unabashed evangelism with a very well-known vocal hook) and Ulterior Motive (old school references wearing new school armour). Each one repping all player's finest attributes, Friction has brought out the best in his peers... And his own work. Essential.
Chasing Sunrise (feat Elisabeth Troy) - (4:12) 174 BPM
LIFE/THRILLS (feat NAMGAWD) - (3:55) 174 BPM
Worldwide (feat Ragga Twins) - (4:15) 174 BPM
Electric Echo (feat GUNSHIP) - (4:11) 174 BPM
Northern Lights - (4:25) 174 BPM
How Far - (4:07) 174 BPM
Fatso - (3:50) 174 BPM
Western Jam - (3:35) 174 BPM
We Got It (feat Rothwell) - (4:03) 174 BPM
Signal - (3:51) 174 BPM
Cadence (feat Reija Lee) - (3:23) 174 BPM
Destination Earth - (3:42) 174 BPM
Bring It Like That - (3:52) 174 BPM
Penggemar - (4:52) 174 BPM
Review: Hospital next-gen talent Metrik does it again Exactly two years after his debut statement of intent LP Universal Language, he returns with another blistering body of work. Now laced with subtle shades of J-Pop (Hi!) and synthwave (the Gunship-fronted Electric Echo), Metrik's chiselled his skills and signature that extra bit more for an even more energetic, white knuckle ride. From the Ragga Twins dubby jump up banger WorldWide to the spaghetti-style gun-toter Western Jam to much more delicate songs such as the title track and We Got It, it's clear Metrik's really got into his groove as an artist and is having a lot of fun with it. Second albums don't come with much more confidence than this.
Want My Love (feat Elisabeth Troy - Club mix) - (4:52) 174 BPM
Review: It's summer, it's hot and there are festivals to be heading to. Do we want a Hospital release? Hell yes we do! Metrik comes up trumps with this anthemic beauty of a track, featuring the divarific vocal talents of Elisabeth Troy. The original is somehow simultaneously deep, dark, dirty, massive, epic and uplifting, and with that drop just falling away from underneath like stepping off a Croatian cliff into the Adriatic, it's the soundtrack to your mid-summer sunrises. Grab the club mix for an even more intoxicating fix of sunshine vibes. Trust us.
Review: Ahead of his highly anticipated debut album Metrik drops two more stunning dancefloor gems... "Human Again" is the soundtrack to the triumphant peak of all the best stories. Post-montage, post-battle, this is the ultimate cinematic victory track. Looking for something a little heavier and more manic? Look no further than "Slipstream", a loopy sonic shuttle that bounces with ridiculous levels of insanity, fans of Sub Focus's early work will be all over this in a jiffy. Bring on the album!
Review: It's been a big year for Hospital. Shucks, every year is a big year for London Elektricity's imprint, but 2014 seems especially big with huge albums from the likes of Fred V & Grafix, S.P.Y and now Metrik. Repping his game, the label and the genre at the highest level, Universal Language is a highly accomplished calling card for Metrik that showcases his ability to create barn-storming rave homages ("Make The Floor Burn"), arena-slapping sing-along lighter-raisers ("Human Again", "Infinity"), techy underground rollers ("Slipstream") and unifying cuts that give the legendary Underworld a run for their money ("Resonate"). Maintaining a fine balance of great songwriting, muscular production and straight-up dancefloor abandon, this speaks to every corner, every sub genre and every tiny pocket of D&B - just as the title suggests.
Review: Hospital Records' latest signing has a lot to live up to. With previous proteges reaching international stardom thanks to a combination of blisteringly upfront sounds and huge live Hospitality shows, Metrik has let himself into a whole heap of expectations. Thankfully his EP stands him in good stead to take on such a heavy crown, with a 50/50 split of dancefloor smashers and more radio-friendly outbursts of energy. It's an EP filled with nods to his contemporaries and slices of his own hyperactive sound, from head-nodder "Out Of The Fire" to skank-along video nasty "Solar", his talents are there for all to see. Last track "Distant Shores" is a work of magic. Expect big things.
Review: Metrik is one of Hospital's flagship acts and the British producer is akin to the likes of Sub Focus and Dimension with his focus on striking synth lines and brash, big room dancefloor sounds. This album, much like his first two, spans a range of different sounds, but it's the club-orientated music that stands out the most. 'Automata' gets things off to a flying start, with its addictingly bouncy basslines and Tomorrowland chord lines, a combination mirrored on 'Parallel' featuring Grafix and hands-in-the-air roller 'We Are The Energy'. It's a top draw album that sees the Hospital crew back on the dancefloor once more.
Review: Lighters up! Metrik unleashes one of the biggest emotional moments of his impeccable second album Life Thrills..."We Got It". Coated with Rothwell's breath-taking vocal power and fully charged with a prime piano hook, it's nothing short of modern day soul. Now with added remix power S.P.Y adds a vicious BC style reese, sharper breaks and more space around the vocal while Bobby Tank flips the switch with a silky, wavy 23rd century disco version. Metrik's got it, S.P.Y's got it, Bobby Tank's got it...You got it.
Review: From seminal YouTube damage to worldwide events and all sorts more, UKF continues to spin its own distinctive low-end yarn. Having made its presence known beyond the dubstep and drum & bass worlds in the last year or so, Bass Culture 3 acts as a pivotal release and shows the channel is far from genre-specific. Amidst the massive bangers that the brand is known for - TC - "Get Down Low", Must Die & Mantis - "Culture", Mob Tactics - "The Answer" - there are plenty of other corners explored, too. From the 808 allure of Buku's "No One Does" to the angular jacking of Three Bar's "Everybody" via My Nu Leng's unavoidable "Masterplan", this album represents some of the most exciting examples of bass behaviour in all styles of electronic music.