Metro Area : bending time and space with Atmospherique
Metro area, aka Morgan Geist (left), Darshan Jesrani (right), from New Jersey, burst into the scene in 1999 with their debut EP featuring “Atmospherique” which is beyond incredible. With an angular bassline underpinned by a grungy 4/4 disco beat and the most distinctive claps, “Atmosphrique” sounds futuristic and retro at the same time. Metro Area was bringing back the soulful sounds of the early club classics, mixing it with live instruments. The mood was melancholic with an emphasis on Detroit’s cold futurism, Chicago’s abstract track-modes, and the warmth of New York and New Jersey’s deep house. This track is indeed a simple handclap effect with a mesmerizing and profound synth tone that keeps bubbling back and forth. Released almost 10 years ago, this track is a classic : a record that will stand the test of time and sound as fresh as ever in 2029. It has amazing depth and texture and epitomizes many different trends in dance music mentionned below.
Unexpected fusion : Ford Fusion TV add likes techno
Moreover, 3 or 4 years ago I was watching TV and a car add came up with that song. It was a Ford Fusion add. A couple sitting in a Ford Fusion slip on a CD playing Metro Area’s 1999 Atmosphrique. The woman poured liquid from a bottle that drifted in zero gravity, only to splash in her face when the guy applies the brakes. They got out of the car and threw the keys to a doorman at their club. He looks up, stunned to see the Ford Fusion parked on the side of the building. A very catchy add ! The following self-titled album, released in 2003 ,went on to win BBC/Radio 1’s “Dance Album of the Year” and the “Best New Artist” prize at the 2003 DanceStar/American Dance Awards. Currently staying busy with continued touring, solo remixes from Morgan and Darshan, new studios in Brooklyn, solo and side projects and the imminent release of a new Metro Area album, we can rest assured that Metro Area will continue to rock theories of time and space.
Metro Area – Atmospherique [Environ : 1999]