Review: In the latest irregular twist in the Metamorphic saga the US label welcomes Myles Serge. The title track is a furious percussive assault. Its firing hats and tough drums underpin a ponderous vocal sample that sounds like a close cousin to the one used on Richie Hawtin's "Bang Da Box" (as Jack Master). In stark contrast is "Agus" a deep and emotive slice of Detroit-style techno that is redolent of label owner Dan Curtin's sound. Serge also draws inspiration from the Metamorphic boss on "Tolo". There brittle off beats and atmospheric synths make for one of this year's most reflective techno tracks.
Review: Planetary bliss! Originally released on 7" format way back in 1994, both "Matter of Sound" and "Re-awareness" are classic examples of the spaced-out hi-tech jazz Dan Curtin made his name on and demonstrate why his Metamorphic label is regarded as one of the Mid-West's finest. The former was subsequently licensed for release on Delsin, both now feature on this 2015 digital release from Metamorphic. Crucial techno sounds for any DJ set with "Matter of Sound" loosing none of it's vicious snap in the ensuing 20+ years. "Re-awareness" meanwhile positively encourages you to close your eyes and get swept up in its high tech jazz drama.
Perpetual Line Stepper (original mix) - (6:46) 126 BPM
Exective Order 12333 - (6:29) 125 BPM
Perpetual Line Stepper (different mix) - (6:47) 126 BPM
Review: Originally released on Curtin's own Metamorphic label back in 2007, Stepper has retained its edge and relevance. The US producer put it out at the height of the minimal house boom, yet the title track sounds unlike anything from that time. If anything, the ragga call and response vocals are reminiscent of San Fran house of the late 90s, but with a twist. Instead of tribal drums, the listener is treated to metallic kicks and on the 'Different' remix, an abstract, stepping rhythm. Closing out the release is "Executive Order 12333"; with its subsonic bleeps and grinding rhythm, it, like "Stepper", remains fresh eight years after the original release.