Sabato 14 Marzo Tipografia presenta:
≜▸ DARSHAN JESRANI / METRO AREA [Startree - Environ / Usa]
≜▸ DARSHAN JESRANI / METRO AREA
≜▸ BALERA FM (Slow Motion)
Biografia Metro Area:
The brainchild of veteran producers Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani, Metro Area was born out of the pair's somewhat dichotomous love for both the old moods of R&B, disco and boogie and the more cutting-edge sound of innovative house and techno. Metro Area brings back the soulful experimentation of the early club classics, mixing live and electronic instruments. Simultaneously, the mood and minimalism of more recent dance music forms creep into the mix: Detroit's cold futurism, Chicago's abstract track-modes, and the warmth of New York and New Jersey's deep house. After over a year of late-night sessions in New Jersey and Manhattan, Metro Area burst onto the scene in 1999 with their self-titled debut 12" featuring the cult smash "Atmosphrique." With an angular bassline underpinned by a grungy 4/4 disco beat and the most distinctive claps this side of 1977, "Atmosphrique" sounds futuristic and retro at the same time, and spawned myriad heated debates concerning the record's production date. Most of all, it left both DJs and dancers wanting more.
However, the runaway success of Metro Area's MA 4 EP (released November 2001) surpassed all expectation, not least the duo's own. The feature track "Miura", a sinister, spare and pulsating antidote to the melancholic sweetness of their previous release, captured the imagination of a broad cross-section of DJs, dancers and listeners from almost every genre. Ubiquitously charted and still played with reverence today, "Miura" fueled sales of over 16,000 copies of the EP to date. It should be noted here that in keeping with Metro Area's low profile tradition, not a single promo was mailed out to stimulate sales: the frenzy was created purely by word-of-mouth.
Exactly a year after Metro Area 4, Metro Area's self-titled debut album finally emerged. Comprised of the strongest tracks from their 12" series plus 4 new tracks, the CD/LP elicited superlative responses from The New York Times to The Onion, from Web-logs to The Wire. Metro Area won a place among Rolling Stone's "Top 50 Albums of the 2002," a rock-and rap-dominated area most of today's dance music falls short of. Other accolades included BBC/Radio 1's "Dance Album of the Year" and the "Best New Artist" prize at the 2003 DanceStar/American Dance Awards.
Metro Area's live performance remains talked about and continues to be requested regularly worldwide, despite 10 years since the duo stopped performing it. This new live set, consisting of re-worked and enhanced "classics" from their early records alongside new, live-only material, will see the duo embrace the the same ethos of their celebrated live performances, but without the creative shackles of late 20th-century technology. By using new hardware and software tools, Metro Area hope to create a truly spontaneous experience of their inimitable sound.
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