Metro Area (and if you want also Morgan Geist) (and now Storm Queen)

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So on the strength of a few end of year lists (I always fall for those fuckers), I bought the Metro Area album today, and just finished listening to it.

Now Morgan Geist may be a genius in my book, but what exactly is the big deal about Metro Area? How did it even get into the year end lists?

Its unoffensive, expertly produced chic-dance floor music for people who don't want to sweat. Why does this make people rate it so highly?

Nik (Nik), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 01:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

oh, and Morgan Geist's "Driving Memoirs" > semi-classic
his stuff as HydroElectric or whatever for Aquarhythms > classic
his remix of DubTribe Soundsystem > classic
his work on Erlend Oye's "Ghost Trains" > classic....

Nik (Nik), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 01:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I understand both the hatred and the praise. I think the key phrase was expertly produced chic dance floor music. it's far and away the most sleek / style bar background music type of record I own and as a sore thumb in a sea of dirty grimy harder edged music it works just fine.

simon 803 (simon 803), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 01:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

because the lead tracks on the eps were really great, everyone felt they should cream themselves over the album. me, i just cream myself over the lead tracks on the eps (not volume 1 though). a dj's dream.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 8 January 2003 02:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

tell me more about the eps

Nik (Nik), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 02:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the lp basically combines the 3(?) 12"s I think. maybe some tracks added or missed but roughly that.

simon 803 (simon 803), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 02:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I think it is 4 eps. I knew about Metro Area well before the album release and I still could never get my hands on an EP so the success of this album has really been years in the making.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 02:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It has 'Miuri' on it. Simple as that.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 10:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

right now it's difficult to find an album that doesn't have 'miura' on it.

michael wells (michael w.), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 11:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I tried really, really hard to sell it back at Amoeba tonight, but failed. After only about 2-3 weeks it would be on my list of "albums I've owned for the shortest amount of time"...and I also just picked it up after reading so much about it, without hearing anything beforehand.

I'd rather to that stupid Iio song.

Vic (Vic), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 13:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Caught Up, Miura, and Pina are all pretty good I think. I think the point is how sparse it is. Personally I listen to mainsteam house music most of the time but what I loved about Metro Area was that although it's less frenetic it's not necessarily less pop. I can't think of alot of other deep house that actually makes me want to dance, could be listening to bad deep house shows but either way.

Ronan (Ronan), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 14:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I think the problem is that Metro Area's shelf life has already started to come to an end. I think sometimes we forget that dance music is not necessarily about the music, but the idea that surrounds the music. Also, although the tracks are great music on their own, they are still mix tools.

I think if the album had dropped 18 months ago your impression would be very different, especially if you are/were a dance music obsessive. When those 12"s dropped they were something very special. They were "12 inch of the year" caliber releases when they were new.
Perhaps a bit of the sheen has faded over the last few months, especially after all the press they did.

When those records hit the streets they were the shit, still haven’t bothered to buy the album. Not sure I will, either.

Mike Taylor (mjt), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 20:55 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Who's this "we".

Ronan (Ronan), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 22:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I bought it... mostly based on the praise heaped upon it here. Somewhat disapointed. somewhat not. its the most stripped back dsico I have ever heard but is also such a DJ album. and has that pastiche of this loop / seciton / stab, stop now wait ...ok ok ok wait for it.. change that one note. wait ....

each track also sounds a bit like they have taken 2 or 3 half finished things and slapped them together.

Savin All My Love 4 u (Savin 4ll my (heart) 4u), Thursday, 9 January 2003 05:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, "Miura" is definitely the one. And worth it for the dancefloor effect....

I'd much rather dance albums that are just a collection of club aimed / based releases, instead of huge sprawling ideas albums that meander through dancefloor styles....

...but even so, guess I missed the initial Metro Area hype, yet can't help feeling that if these tracks were presented in a series back then, I would have been scratching my head at some point about the point...

But "Muira" and 1 other track are down right essential. And Morgan Geist rules.

Nik (Nik), Sunday, 12 January 2003 02:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I agree yeah that the less styles they attempt to cover the better. This thing of guest vocalists and a quiet track and a loud track is just annoying.

Ronan (Ronan), Sunday, 12 January 2003 22:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...
So now it's been more than three years since the last post. What are you folks feeling about this now? I listened to it straight through this morning, and I was completely and totally satisfied. Still a great, great album in my book. It is definitely "stripped back disco" as mentioned above but it is great for this. A soothing dance album.

matt2 (matt2), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 16:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

total, irrefutable classic

midi sanskrit (sanskrit), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 18:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

metro area totally rules even three years on, and will do in three more years

nique (nique), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 18:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink


I couldn't help but feel that these tracks, with very few exceptions, were UN-classics for a reason. They're, uh ... boring. I'm not being lazy, I just think that's the truth. I mean, anybody can walk into a record store, look for unknown records on West End, Emergency, Profile, Unidisc, TSR, or whatever ... is it really that great? I don't think so.

Although, it does predate Lindstrom who kinda takes the whole Metro Area thing and runs into a big cloud of psychedelia. You know ... stripped down, half tempo prog-disco.

But, not to sound cheesy, but the track with Erlend Oye is my favorite Morgan Geist production by far ... and I don't even really care for Mr. Oye's vocals.

Cameron Octigan (Cameron Octigan), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 20:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

most of those records aren't that easy to stumble upon (though a few of them are). Yeah, there's plenty of unknown records out there, fact is, the ones on Unclassics are a selection of songs that Morgan liked, that he thought he could make a fun mix out of, that he was able to get the rights to, etc. You may think they're boring, but it's not like he just grabbed the first bunch of crappy records he could find.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 20:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

No, I know. It just seems pretty half-ass for all of the critical attention it has received.

Cameron Octigan (Cameron Octigan), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 20:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
why pretty half ass, octigan?

nc, Thursday, 2 March 2006 05:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Not particularly interesting. There aren't many moments that really catch my attention, and it just seemed like praise for the obscurity rather than the content. I mean, if those were new tracks from an artist that wasn't Morgan Geist ... I doubt anyone would really care.

He's a great producer, and I do like several Metro Area tracks quite a bit ... this was just boring to me. I mean ... I realize that they weren't HIS tracks, but if I went to his house to listen to records I'd be bummed out if that was the best shit he had within that genre.

Like the post above my last one said ... ones he could buy rights for, etc. I realize it's limited, and it's not like "Unclassics: Best of Morgan Geist's Influences," but I was just bored.

My personal opinion.

Morgan Geist = good
Unclassics = pretty "eh ..." for all the attention it has gotten.

Cameron Octigan (Cameron Octigan), Thursday, 2 March 2006 05:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

really?! i thought 'unclassics' was surprisingly good. none of the tracks are hands-in-the-air anthems or anything, but there's not a single bad tune on the whole album. some of the tracks are even eye-opening. my favorite is the hilariously-titled 'manshortage' by the equally hilariously-titled 'eurofunk'....such a fun, bouncy tune, love the keyboards, love the vocals near the end--it's got a real pathos to it. the purple flash tracks are pretty cool. the vocals on the victor track are fuckin' awesome. and even the names of the producers/groups is so great...'pluton and the humanoids' is a top name! if i ever had a kid, i'd name him/her/it 'pluton,' i think.

geeta (geeta), Thursday, 2 March 2006 05:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

not trying to be a hater ... :(

p.s. thanks for not yelling at me. haha. i was scared somebody was going to lampoon me.

Cameron Octigan (Cameron Octigan), Thursday, 2 March 2006 05:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

that victor tune is the best one on it!

metro area goes from alternatively making me slightly dully tap my feet to make me swoon, in a sexy smoove dance smile-a-thon

ambrose (ambrose), Thursday, 2 March 2006 10:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
I've been obessively this magical Metro Area live mix from Pittsburgh in 2004. I wish I had a tracklist for the damn this; it's perfect!

gaseous (gaseous), Friday, 28 April 2006 16:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Where'd you pick that up justin? I'd love to hear it myself.

matt2 (matt2), Monday, 1 May 2006 16:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Anyone know what's up with Metro Area these days? Dan Selzer?

admrl, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 18:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

Metro Area 7 is out soon on Environ...

BATTAGS, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 18:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

that took a while

admrl, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 18:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Metro Area 7 will be a triple gatefold and when you open it up there's a pop-up cartoon drawing of Morgan and Darshan.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 19:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

someone should do a gatefold with one of those little plastic tinny music-playing gadgets they put in greeting cards that plays the song!!

s1ocki, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 19:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

Has Morgan Geist released a full album since "Driving Memoirs"? That album is OK, but a bit too pre-electro to be as great as that Erlend Øye song.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 20:10 (ten years ago) Permalink


do you mean post-electro? or pre-electro revival? I'm confused.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 20:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

baby oliver's stuff is hot. i dunno who he is, assumed name maybe? 'primetime' is great and i like the new one, 'shotcallin'

jaime, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 20:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

most people are guessing Baby Oliver is Morgan Geist. i like the new one a little less, but i've only played it once so far. maybe it'll grow on me.

Metro Area 7 soundclips over at!

one time, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 21:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

and it has vocals!

"This release finds Metro Area continuing on their quest for fresh sounds and timeless production, expanding the compositional palette while retaining the emotional spirit of their early influences. Metro Area have pushed themselves to once again make heartfelt, personal music that stands out from what the rest of the dance music pack is doing and the duo feel this EP is their strongest work since the release of their 2002 self-titled album. "Read My Mind" is the first full-on vocal track to actually be released by Metro Area (they had amassed a small catalog of unreleased vocal tracks since starting the project). Featuring the incredible pipes of Philip Owusu (of Ubiquity Records' Owusu & Hannibal), "Read My Mind" is a dynamic boogie romp full of contrast: sweet yet meloncholy, warm yet raw. It hearkens back to the days where songwriting and arrangement still had a place in dance music and we hope you'll love it. And for the beat purists, there's an irresistible "RMM Special Dub" version - perfect for doubles! Flipping to the B-side yields "Erodyne" - an incredible space-disco epic that rocks time and space, looking forward with angular arpeggiated riffs and futurist moods while anchored by an undeniably D.I.S.C.O. groove."

one time, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 21:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

do you mean post-electro? or pre-electro revival? I'm confused.

Pre-electro revival. By Morgan Geist's 1997 debut, it was still all about techno.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 23:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

the vocal on the new metro area makes my flesh crawl.

baby oliver rules. "primetime" was mega and "shotcaller" is close on its heels.

stirmonster, Tuesday, 23 October 2007 23:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

but geir...electro-revival was in full swing when Morgan's techno records were coming out. The influence on Metro Area has more to do with disco and boogie and a dash of new wave.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 24 October 2007 04:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

the string hits on "feelings 2" are insane! and the rest of the stuff sounds a LOT like "the driving memoirs"-era geist

moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 24 October 2007 04:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

Is that a good or bad flesh crawl stirmonster? Those sould clips sound delicious to me. I also love the Baby Oliver releases.

matt2, Wednesday, 24 October 2007 18:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oooh, I am loving the clip of "Read My Mind."

jaymc, Wednesday, 24 October 2007 19:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the production sounds just immaculate, and that's from a sound clip on ear buds.

matt2, Wednesday, 24 October 2007 19:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

i have been listening to the kelley polar lp a lot lately. is he on this new release?

tricky, Wednesday, 24 October 2007 20:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

i love the phrase neurotic nu-romantics

tricky, Wednesday, 24 October 2007 20:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Metro Area 7 is on iTunes today. The A-side ("Read My Mind") is a vocal track, unusually enough. Can't download it yet, though, since I'm getting an error message whenever I try to check out. Goddammit.

Telephone thing, Monday, 12 November 2007 14:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yay! iTunes Plus! It's working for me...

BleepBot, Monday, 12 November 2007 16:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

I suppose it bears a superficial similarity to e.g. Disclosure, perhaps the yoot have caught on to that?

I like to think I have learnt a thing or two about music (Neil S), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 16:59 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah that's the bit i know, just don't know why a three-years-old tune has been revived as the vehicle for it

lex pretend, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 17:02 (four years ago) Permalink

although it's stuck with ME for three years in a way that amazing-at-the-time dance tracks often don't so i guess that's it

lex pretend, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 17:03 (four years ago) Permalink

There's not much on this thread but I'm sure I've seen extensive repping for Look Right Through on ILX in the past. The MK mix is effectively a reboot in commercial terms, it's allowed the song to filter through an entirely different scene (the original would never have been playlisted on 1xtra).

This isn't exactly a new phenomenon - Let Me Be Your Fantasy had been around for like two years by the time it hit number one. It's a symbol of a British dance ecosystem that's functioning properly again. The internet helps as well, it's been getting mad Shazam tags which helps the record company put weight behind it, although that may be a bit chicken/egg.

Original > MK Mix though.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 17:50 (four years ago) Permalink

Also factor in the worlds of disco, house and garage being closer together than they've ever been, probably.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 17:51 (four years ago) Permalink

I wonder does MK genuinely have a knack for hitting the UK pop zeitgeist like this or has he just got lucky twice. To my ears there's never been anything partic notable abt his stuff but that prob says more abt my ears. I think if anything the Jpdeci remix was the apex of this sound but it never did much.

ewar woowar (or something), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 23:03 (four years ago) Permalink

Jpdeci = Jodeci obv

ewar woowar (or something), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 23:03 (four years ago) Permalink

Whoa, amazing; here's hoping the UK success will spill over to other regions.

etc, Thursday, 7 November 2013 00:03 (four years ago) Permalink

^^so this song from three years ago that received two posts here is going to be number one this week

there is definitely a lot of Storm Queen talk on some of the rolling threads. maybe a little less on Look Right Through since it was the first one but when the other two dropped people were like NEW STORM QUEEN OMG

this hitting #1 is so cool.

dmr, Thursday, 7 November 2013 16:36 (four years ago) Permalink

there was loads of talk, it was one of the biggest records of that year.

Legitimate space tale (LocalGarda), Thursday, 7 November 2013 16:42 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm gonna go bat for the MK mix here, which is obviously not exactly a fully drawn and pathos-laden song in the way the original is, but is just so compulsive it doesn't matter. There's something about his organ-riff basslines that are totally magical (see also his remix of Katy B's "What Love Is Made Of").

The MK Dub is better, really, it wastes less time paying tribute to the original's structure.

Tim F, Thursday, 7 November 2013 19:32 (four years ago) Permalink

Agreed about the Dub being better. I still have a lot of time for MK dubs in general. Old Murk as well. They mined a similar vein that keeps aging well. For example:

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 7 November 2013 19:39 (four years ago) Permalink

nice momus cameo in the new video

nashwan, Thursday, 7 November 2013 19:43 (four years ago) Permalink

re: "Look Right Through" talk on ILx, from Tim's 2010 EOY thread:

It seems like there's usually at least one great storming male diva house throwback tune each year - last year, of course, was Azari & III's "Reckless With Your Love", which not only was excellent as a house tune but also was to my mind is one of the great diva-house songs, and a song that simply wouldn't make sense delivered in any other style or manner. Like a lot of music that hits me thematically as well as viscerally it's the kind of thing that makes me wish I made music. But then diva vocal house has that effect quite often, the short-circuit between surface dazzle and hidden depths so irresistible that even people who stumble on seeming superficiality elsewhere intuitively understand its logic - it's the kind of music, in short, that brings out the best in its listeners fully as much as its makers.

"Look Right Through" (produced by Morgan Geist) isn't quite as fine a song as "Reckless With Your Love", but that's an unfair comparison: "Look Right Through" is lesser only in that it seems content to be a charming, impassioned, exhortative diva anthem about unrequited desire, carefree in its classicism - though formally, of course, it's heartbroken, resentful, oddly philosophical. But these traits emerge in classicist male diva house like hereditary features, inevitable and right-seeming as your right arm. Of course who's to say that there isn't a similarly moving deeper story lurking underneath: as far as I can tell the singer shifts from a drug addict or drunkard lover to a series of one night stands to a realisation that everyone in the world takes him for granted. Shit gets pretty real in this song.

Still, in some ways "Look Right Through" is more track than song: so much of the delight of this tune inheres in its ceaseless mutation, moving restlessly from rudimentary house percussion to shimmering, shivering synth chords and noodly arpeggios and bumping bass, before a bleepy breakdown that in no way preprares you for the tune's sudden headlong plunge into booming, bottom of a well bass at the four minute mark, as the diva wails "am I a piece of glass in your mind??" From there the tune almost disintegrates into murky dub-house, before those nervous synth-chords suddenly emerge, flittering above your ears as delicately as ever. It's great dancefloor trickery, and in the club "Look Right Through" provokes ever greater displays of enthusiasm from dancers with each shifting articulation. I think part of it is sheer surprise: "Look Right Through" is so musically and performatively generous in a style that hardly requires it, you could churn out endless derivations of "Love Won't Turn Around" and everyone would lap it up, but instead Geist and his diva Damon Scott shower you with hooks and ideas like it's the last chance they'll ever get.

― Tim F, Monday, 20 December 2010 12:42 (2 years ago)

& r|t|c precog as usual:

mk dub of storm queen's 'look right through' is arguably one of the most influential cuts of the year imo but not in any way that would get attention here

― r|t|c, Thursday, 24 January 2013 15:06 (9 months ago)

etc, Saturday, 9 November 2013 02:10 (four years ago) Permalink

Tim's post is OTM, especially about that "hort-circuit between surface dazzle and hidden depths", which I think is one of the major things I latch onto in overtly happy pop. Anyway,this is the best number one in recent memory.

Project Witch (I am using your worlds), Saturday, 9 November 2013 21:18 (four years ago) Permalink

*short, oops, C+p error

Project Witch (I am using your worlds), Saturday, 9 November 2013 21:19 (four years ago) Permalink

dan selzer, Sunday, 10 November 2013 19:30 (four years ago) Permalink

Not heard MK version but original is far better than the 2 records that followed it

cog, Sunday, 10 November 2013 19:44 (four years ago) Permalink


cog, Sunday, 10 November 2013 19:47 (four years ago) Permalink

Not heard MK version but original is far better than the 2 records that followed it

so wrong!

big congrats to mr. geist.

stirmonster, Sunday, 10 November 2013 19:59 (four years ago) Permalink

don't get this:

it's not the OG tune that has gone to no. 1 is it? it's the MK vocal remix? what's been playlisted on R1 for weeks now? yet they're calling it "look right through" full stop?

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 10 November 2013 20:59 (four years ago) Permalink

Got this one cheap recently too

cog, Sunday, 10 November 2013 21:18 (four years ago) Permalink

its the MK vocal remix that gets played on the radio and that got it to number 1, if it was called look right through (MK vocal remix) it probably wouldn't have got to number 1. i really don't like this version but i'm still happy that metro area are making a pile of cash.

fwiw i think i like each original SQ track more than the last. let's make mistakes is the pinnacle.

i lost my shoes on acid (jed_), Sunday, 10 November 2013 21:21 (four years ago) Permalink

2nd is my fave.

dan selzer, Sunday, 10 November 2013 21:23 (four years ago) Permalink

This is hardly the first time people have conflated a successful remix with an original version (that didn't chart separately) - who bothers to specify that the version of Robin S's "Show Me Love" they like is the Stonebridge Club Version?

Tim F, Sunday, 10 November 2013 22:19 (four years ago) Permalink

i wonder if defected will try to repeat the success by doing the same to the other two records?

"it goes on" is my have too.

stirmonster, Sunday, 10 November 2013 23:04 (four years ago) Permalink

fave. bloody autocorrect.

stirmonster, Sunday, 10 November 2013 23:04 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm fully expecting Defected to commission MK mixes of one of the other two singles.

Use your occlusion (I am using your worlds), Sunday, 10 November 2013 23:26 (four years ago) Permalink

if it was called look right through (MK vocal remix) it probably wouldn't have got to number 1.

What do you mean by this?

Geoffrey Schweppes (jaymc), Monday, 11 November 2013 00:43 (four years ago) Permalink

large numbers of people are buying a tune not a remix. if they were buying a remix its just confusing for people and the promotional push doesn't gel with that.

i lost my shoes on acid (jed_), Monday, 11 November 2013 00:47 (four years ago) Permalink

So the version that's being sold now doesn't advertise the fact that it's a remix?

Geoffrey Schweppes (jaymc), Monday, 11 November 2013 01:42 (four years ago) Permalink

the one cog linked upthread one of my favorite "microhouse" tracks

the late great, Monday, 11 November 2013 03:19 (four years ago) Permalink

fwiw the original is included in the remix EP, but tim's right, whether a song is the remix or not is hardly ever specified in the official chart listings (see also "professional widow")

loving this at no 1 though

lex pretend, Monday, 11 November 2013 09:22 (four years ago) Permalink

Lol I remember when "professional widow" was on the charts and for some time I just assumed it was the original and was like o_O

Tim F, Monday, 11 November 2013 09:35 (four years ago) Permalink

It's actually specified as (MK REMIX) on

which feels needlessly pedantic

but then I'm trying to remember the last time there was a club track at #1 but primarily a remix of the original and struggling

nashwan, Monday, 11 November 2013 10:45 (four years ago) Permalink

The MK Vocal Remix is the one which will be on Now 86 next week.

Eleven years ago, the first album I reviewed for Uncut was by Metro Area. Now Morgan Geist is number one. This makes me feel good.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Monday, 11 November 2013 11:35 (four years ago) Permalink

credit where it's due

gotta lol geir (NickB), Monday, 11 November 2013 11:37 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

No Galleria chat yet? I think I prefer Mezzanine to Calling Card but the fan-made video for CC is a lot of fun.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Friday, 25 September 2015 15:29 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Hadn't seen that fan video, sweet! Galleria chat happened in other threads (freestyle ones?) but glad it exists & wish it'd had more traction in various EOY things considering what other 80s pastiches did.

Also, breaking news:

etc, Thursday, 21 January 2016 23:05 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Darshan and I put together a @Spotify playlist of some of the music that inspired each track on our @MetroAreaNYC album. Hope you enjoy it.

— Morgan Geist (@MorganGeistNYC) November 20, 2017

Fun little "album X-Ray" playlist for the Metro Area s/t - hearing the Larry Levan dub of "Somebody New" immediately after "Miura" is a penny-dropping moment.

etc, Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:20 (ten months ago) Permalink

could you post that playlist etc? i don't use spotify.

Susan Stranglehands (jed_), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:41 (ten months ago) Permalink

Pretty new to Spotify myself, so found the first tool I could that converts something to plaintext:

Metro Area: Album X-Ray
Join Metro Area on a journey through the music that influenced their eponymous debut album. Each Metro Area title in the tracklist is immediately followed by a sampling of songs that inspired its creation!

Metro Area - Dance Reaction
Gino Soccio - Try It Out
Bobby Thurston - You Got What It Takes
Dance Reaction - Disco Train
Metro Area - Miura
Jamaica Girls - Somebody New (Larry Levan Dub Mix)
Lipps Inc. - Funkytown
Eddy Grant - Living On the Frontline
Metro Area - Piña
Sylvester - I Need Somebody To Love Tonight
Kid Creole And The Coconuts - I'm A Wonderful Thing, Baby
Balil - 3/4 Heart
Metro Area - Square-Pattern Aura
Indian Ocean - School Bell / Treehouse (Mixed with Love by Walter Gibbons)
Wet - That's The Game - Instrumental
The Human League - Only After Dark
Metro Area - Machine Vibes
Ron Trent - Morning Fever - Album Edit
Mikki - Dance Lover - Extended Mix
Time Zone - Wildstyle
Metro Area - Evidence
Michael Wilson - Groove It to Your Body
Syreeta - Can't Shake Your Love - Larry Levan Mix
Touchdown - Ease Your Mind - Extended Mix
Metro Area - Atmosphrique
Daniel Wang - Like Some Dream I Can't Stop Dreaming
El Coco - Cocomotion - Single Version
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle - (7'' Remix Edit) [2015 Remastered Version]
Metro Area - Soft Hoop
The S.O.S Band - High Hopes
Brandi Wells - Watch Out - Remix
Curtis Hairston - I Want You (All Tonight) - JM After-Session M&M Mix
Metro Area - Let's Get...
War - Galaxy
Cloud One - Atmosphere Strut
Debbie Deb - When I Hear Music
Metro Area - Orange Alert
Prince - Controversy
Pal Joey - Gettin' Hot
Stephen Duffy - Kiss Me (1985)
Metro Area - Strut
Mr. Fingers - Can You Feel It
Gayle Adams - Love Fever
West Phillips - Sucker for a Pretty Face - I'm Just a
Metro Area - Caught Up
Kleeer - Happy Me
Inner Life - I'm Caught Up - In a One Night Love Affair
Advance - Take Me to the Top
Peter Brown - Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me [Long Version]

etc, Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:54 (ten months ago) Permalink

excellent, thanks a lot!

Susan Stranglehands (jed_), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 01:03 (ten months ago) Permalink

oh hell yeah

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 01:07 (ten months ago) Permalink

Oh wow! Classic album and fascinating playlist to join it! Wish all artists made this for their albums, always love hearing the influences behind each song.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 02:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

There's a nice remaster now out of the original Metro Area LP, with a cleaner sound (especially in the bass) and segues between tracks removed. No bonus tracks.

skip, Saturday, 2 December 2017 08:28 (ten months ago) Permalink

and you can get it on cassette.

dan selzer, Saturday, 2 December 2017 13:01 (ten months ago) Permalink

I'm ready for my Storm Queen album, Mr. Geist.

Susan Stranglehands (jed_), Saturday, 2 December 2017 16:42 (ten months ago) Permalink

sometimes i think this album is the best thing that ever happened to me

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Saturday, 2 December 2017 16:46 (ten months ago) Permalink

I've been looking for a Metro Area live dj mix that I lost awhile ago... it started with Queen Samantha's "take a chance" and segued into Visual's "the music's got me"... and it's like 3 hours long, iirc? Wish I had it back.

brimstead, Saturday, 2 December 2017 17:49 (ten months ago) Permalink

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