15 years old... While some sounds and records from the same time have very much, how should I say, stayed rooted in their moment, Metro Area's debut (and only proper LP) is still an essential go to for me. It's a consistent pick, that old 'never leaves my record bag' comment cliché. The BIG tune 'Miura' was inescapable in all the hot spots of the time and very much reminds me of cutting my teeth playing records down in London at clubs like The Cross. It still get's rinsed and still sounds mint. Moxie's been smashing Tee Mango's little edit of it recently for one. It still goes off. The self titled LP was far from a one track wonder, every cut can have it's moment in the sun - as can the single remixes from it, landing as it did when DFA was king - check their mix of Orange Alert. It's sound perfectly suited the NYC sound of the era. A disco not disco, but definitely not disco take that swung like a dancer on Soul Train but grooved like a Nervous Records floor filler.
When the hype was still fresh, Darshan came and played for us at Wax:On in Newcastle, upstairs at Digital and he scribbled this little note on it. Still waiting for Morgan to add his... ;)
A triple-LP and digital remaster is forthcoming on Environ on 27th October!