this release is one of round numbers. it’s metroline limited release number 50. you may have actually noticed that we almost got to release 90 by now but number 50 was always kept behind for a collaborative release between the two men behind the label: andrea and gianpiero aka octad and phiorio.
inspired by many of the industry’s pioneers, such as, ricardo villalobos, masomenos, marc antona, rhadoo, seuil, cabanne, petre inspirescu and danny tenaglia, to name but a few, counrad has been strongly influenced by deep and meaningful techno, since he began his plight in the industry. music has always been at the forefront, for this italian dj/producer , and the inwave and counrad series labels boss relishes the challenge of crafting techno that reveals itself gradually to the more discerning listener, fusing a multitude of grooves from contrasting musical styles, with a combination of sexy rhythms, subtle textures and emotive melodies. in this first release for metroline limited, counrad showcases the full spectrum of his versatile production skills. the title track underwater is a full on 15 minutes epic chunky minimal monster that just keeps on building. this amazing piece of work takes the listener on a journey that starts with hypnotic minimalism and finishes with some intricate trippy techno. on the flipside you can find the dark and percussive peak time tech-house grooves of particle collsisions and some uber-cool modern machine funk minimalism in the shape of the closing track synapse.
phiorios animals release has been a labour of love. after co-running metroline limited for the past 6 years and after a series of digital releases and remixes for both metroline and retrometro (as well as letroom limited and mbf amongst others), phiorios vinyl debut on ml finally sees the light of day. the choice of remixers has also been laborious but over at metroline hq we are really happy that in the end we managed to secure two stunning reworks by the likes of the more and more in demand french producer doubtingthomas (with releases on labels such as hummingbird, organic and of course, metroline limited) and the super-hot up and coming russian producers adjustment bureau
elon make with the diy vibes on the smart ep. fans of live jam releases, listen up! on the title track sharp cuts, tight bursts of sound and loose percussion combine into a complex rhythm that is kept in check by a nice tumbling bassline.
maurizio vitiello is now a regular artist in the metroline camp. his functional grooves have seen the light of day in various shapes and forms from the very early days all the way to the ultra-successful music on ep released in 2011.
summer has come early. the fog is literally lifting and willing the summer to come early with this excellent ep for metroline. lead track diggler’s job is a breezy house number with pimping keys and a beautiful bass bounce. there’s plenty of movement in the percussion and a light touch that just begs for summer to come. shout romance is a shade tougher with its up-front kicks and acid-tinged bassline. it has slow burn intensity that is nicely counterbalanced by smooth reverb-soaked vintage synths.the jackspot remix of shout romance really brings out the funk in those synths, underpinning that with down-the line percussion and skittering hats that give the track a real drive. rounding things up nicely is in the right mood. the track’s bassline is sticky, sweet treacle over which congas and vocal cuts are expertly sprinkled to create a tasty treat. it never gets sickly though… horns are deployed sparingly, and the track has the same cool as a cucumber minimalism that makes this ep pure pleasure on the eardrums
sehou provides a prime piece of forward-looking nostalgia for metrolines latest release - the cirkus ep. up and coming talented producer from the south of italy, sehou was the man behind the massive track -she makes me wanna dance- released on all inn limited thats been hammered by ricardo villalobos in pretty much all of his sets for the past year. the brutal bass groove of cirkus calls to mind classic era r&s, its choppy vocals and skittering percussion give the track a raw funk, while its smooth pads add a reassuring, warm flow. untitled to her is a relentless robert armani-style workout, with a hint of chi town bubble and funk. driving chords and simple drum patterns give the tune serious momentum, while plenty of breaks in the rhythm and machine gun buildups make sure you dont lose the groove. romanian producer cristi cons aka case sensitive. after dark interpretation is a gloriously meandering, fluid rework. its subterranean bass bumps and heavily filtered synths give the track a brilliantly disorientating feel, while its tense and tight arrangement bring a tense energy.
mabaan soul are back on metroline limited with their third release for the label. the talented italian duo have been causing a stir in the house and techno underground world with their 2009 release on metroline being charted by chicago legend dj sneak in his best of the year chart! on top of that, another house legend satoshi tomiie after hearing their debut new orleans ep on metroline limited, promptly asked the guys to release on his label saw recordings! the opening track joseph is jacking disco groove with an insistent bass hook and infectious lead synth. summer is nearly here! frankfurt, is a love song for the original robert johnson crew - the good people of frankfurt who really know what they’re dancing to. its an intense 5am grind that brings driving european warehouse techno together with the deep soulful grooves of detroit house. inxec and matt tolfrey pump up the midrange on their remix. they pick out a nice groove, and build on it with bright and airy percussion while maintaining the original disorientating shuffle and boomin low end. funky is definitely back. that rolling bassline keeps you locked in, and those brutal mpc-style percussion loops are would make marley marl proud.
metroline limited catches sonotheque pimping it. beautiful, rich synths and brass move right through this ep, bubbling through nice solid house grooves and soulful vocal cuts. >sugarblues< is the kind of house cut that technoheads go nuts for, with the loose, fluid structure of carl craig, the bump and grind of dj sneak and a smooth-as-a-babys-bottom sax line that runs the length of the track.
incl phat agaric remix !! diego capri and andrea gentile, the duo from rome who brought us the excellent downhill ep on metroline ltd (mltd 002) last summer, return with two more slices of bass-heavy dancefloor-focused minimal techno
nice price deal !!! paris based duo room 10 deliver a strong tech-house 4 tracker with the help of cadenzas alejandro vivanco. room 10s caracol ep represents a slight departure for metroline: away from the strong dub influence of their last few releases, to something more driving and club orientated. caracol (tambour version), which kicks of the ep, is a heavy slab of heavy, deceptively simple funk. the track builds gradually into a totally infectious groove, which breaks down into an atmospheric, cinematic soundscape that reminds you as much of blade runner and metropolis as it does of a john gaiser or false track
nami has previously released sould out editions on nami, eastenderz, neoconcepto that already strike high on discogs. metroline limited first 12 inch of 2016 after a series of succesful vinyl releases by east end dubs, doubtingthomas, dhaze & more.
dhaze featured on metroline limited 76 (with sabe) as well as on amam, little helpers, body parts & more - remix from spanish producer medu (dissonant, wavetech ltd) short info: for release number 80 we welcome back italian producer dhaze. hailing from rome, dhaze started his self-thought experimentation with electronic music in 1996 when he bought his first sampler.
we are very proud to present a doubtingthomas vinyl release on metroline limited! capharnauem is a very trippy affair across 3 tracks, 2 originals from aurelien and a remix from the uber talented romanian producer from arpiar fame, cristi cons. off the grid, the opener, stays within the grid until 3/4 of its lenght. a tight kick leads the way with the help of a pulsating bass and some lush pads in typical doubtingthomas style. the off moment happens after the mid way point when the free jazz element comes in and shuffles the groove off the grid!
THE BEAUTIFUL FORCES (THOMAS SCHUMACHER, YVAN GENKINS REMIX)
12" Vinyl D04.11.14
after a two year gap clio is back on metroline limited after producing two of the most successful releases from the labels extensive catalogue: for sure baby (2010) and do it ep (2012). in the opening track, the beautiful forces, blade runner soundscapes morph into post-rave stabs and combine with heavy subs and sci-fi effects to create the soundtrack to a rave in an abandoned space station.
limited to 300 copies.quickly making his mark on the techno scene, romanias plusculaar has one of the most unique styles in the game - his intriguingly complex and intricate rhythms stand out on any dancefloor, and hes produced an ep of prime cuts for us here at metroline.
their forse deep remix add some shifting percussive elements, a big synth bass, lush pads while layering the main vocal theme. yoshitaca remix completes this tasty package. tokyo based producer, this talented artist was behind one of metrolines most successful releases in 2011, the beautiful just lay back ep. his approach is also deep, with slower tempo, hypnotic synths, deep bass, smooth chords and an infectious groove that will make sure you are locked on the dancefloor!
the latest release on metroline takes no prisoners. clio brings it big. every track on this ep is loaded, primed and ready to fire. lead track poem does big the george clinton way. basslines cranked to funk, tempo raised, and drum tracks set to attack. sinister and sparse percussion gives do it an entirely different feel. but under the tune’s brooding atmospherics is an equally powerful rhythm. fired by a growling sub-bass that whoomps out of the speaker like a sonic weapon. killer. speaker-busting bass and pumping kicks are the order of the day on the flip. carlo lio’s remix of do it thunders along. built for dancefloor shock and awe, this track’s built like a tank - unstoppable and ready for combat. the massively in-demand sasch bbc and casper go intergalactic on their rework of poem. this is the tune that plays in hal 9000s head. epic, deep and serious, with a healthy dose of paranoia. careful this one doesnt tear a hole in your space station.
maurizio vitello returns to metroline with some seriously deep bass-driven techno. a devastating ep. the lead track is a driving, stripped down techno groove. full-bodied toms and a seriously fat bass keep the track rolling while filtered vocals and understated synths add the dynamics. heavy! looking good keeps that groove going with a bassline so heavy you will have to pick yourself up off the floor. a bubbling percussion break evolves throughout the track, building in complexity, but kept in check by some nice metronomic hats at the high end. on movers maurizio lets the drums do the talking. everything locks tightly around the solid kicks. the multi-layered break adds a sweet cubano vibe that you simply wont be able to shake off. let the bass drrrrooopppp! pleased? yes we are. this playful track is going set the summer floors on fire. vocal samples weave in and out of the mix, and sharp-as-a-needle 80s-tinged synths stab through the deep, heavy rhythm track to awesome effect.
new yorks elon provides metroline with yet another very fine release. clap back is a real gem. the original mix has a beautiful spacious and airy mix that allows the echo-soaked toms and the swirling vox stabs to breathe, and they really draw you in. an insistent bass pulse provides a structure for the snappy post-garage percussion to build into a lurching, lunging rhythm. very original, and very infectious. ekkohaus remix is a focused, driving deep house groove, shaped around lush, rounded stabs and heavily-filtered synths. claps and snare emerge from the beautifully balanced mix to give the track a real disco kick. the third track on the ep zero gravity has a more back-to-basics feel. the bassline is dubby, but the percussion has a classic french touch feel that gives the track real movement. a rhodes-like synth line wraps itself round the track like a warm fuzzy blanket. maximum comfort for house heads.
ig room ibiza vibes abound on this killer ep from solead, the parisian duo who have provided metroline with some of the labels most outstanding releases. in musica, tumbling beats and a melange of cuban pianos, horns and flutes play over a very robust rhythms to create an atmospheric big room builder.