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Metrist – ‘The People Without’ (Resin)

Next up on Resin is newcomer Metrist, whose disjointed Techno is a good fit for the imprint. Since late last year Resin has been a consistent supplier of high quality Techno. Now on it’s third release, the label has so far set about producing dark, functional, industrial dance music.

‘Letch’ opens the EP on a brutal note as it’s double kick drum assault instantly jolts the listener into uncomfortable climes. It’s rugged and minimal rhythmic core is gradually joined by other elements to form a chaotic but cohesive whole of dystopic reverb drenched murk. As each new element arrives it’s as if a grasp is tightening round one’s neck, increasing its tension, until every last gasp of oxygen is extinguished. Half way through the track what sounds like a detuned fm transmitter smothers everything in it’s beehive like squall. Only for this process of dissolution to begin again anew. On the flip is ‘Cowlick’ featuring drones and screeches worthy of a post-apocalyptic air raid siren.

The Cambridge based producer displays an acute grasp of rhythm throughout the EP. Knowing when to tease and when to pound; his beats are anything but simplistic. Scattergun claps and snares vie with big hitting subs, whilst congealed morse code bleeps flit in and out of the sprawling mix. ‘The People Without’ brings to mind contemporary labels du jour such as Livity Sound, and TTT with its stilted beats, and busting at the seams aesthetic. Yet unlike these sources there is little in the way of experimentation, or deviation from the build it up and smash it down methodology. Each track feels almost like a continuation of the last, to an extent that it is hard to distinguish between their acridly claustrophobic atmosphere.

The strongest track here is the closer, ‘Stanza For The Weak’, it builds into a propulsive stride worthy of anything on the Avian label. This is a record made for the more adventurous djs out there, and the paranoid soundscapes which Metrist excels at producing could definitely work on the floor when set against more conventionally propulsive material.

Available in record stores and digitally 26th May.

Tim Peyton