Alex Metric Essential Mix

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This one is pretty exciting. Alex Metric is probably my favorite EDM producer, up there with Adam Freeland and a few others. It seems like I never run out of favorite EDM producers, but Metric is at the top. He has some killer DJ sets on the Marine Parade podcast, so I was pretty excited to see that he just released an Essential Mix last week. This guy slays behind the decks and his original work and remixes never disappoint. Give this set a spin and look up Alex Metric if you don’t know of him already. You should!

Alex Metric Bio

“With modern electronic music, there’s sometimes a tendency to take things, shall we say, ‘a little too seriously’. All too often producers and deejays get caught up so heavily in the idea of being elitist and ‘underground’ that they forget the idea of music altogether – that it should be built to be enjoyed by as many people as possible. This is not a criticism anyone could consider levelling at British wunderkind Alex Metric, however. As the man himself says, ‘I want my music to reach far and wide. I want to take on the overground without compromising what I do and what I love.” Something which, had you attended any one of countless Metric deejay sets last year, or been in a dark, sweaty club where someone was playing one of his myriad tracks or remixes, you would have witnessed first hand in truly emphatic style.

First though let us, as the late Simply Red once said, roll back the years. After a chance, inebriated accosting of electronic pioneer Adam Freeland, young Metric found himself signed to Freeland’s Marine Parade label, where he promptly offered up the first taster of the sonic cocktail brewing in his tiny mind with the teutonic ‘What She Wants’ EP.

Although roundly embraced by ravers and deejays alike, it was not until Alex turned his attentions from tweaking (and often totally destroying) the pile of questionable 80′s vinyl on his studio floor to his own vocal offerings that things really started to get interesting.

Revisiting the lyrical talents he had not explored since featuring in a number of bands as a teenager, Alex started to push his grinding electronic output in an increasingly pop-centric direction while maintaining his ethos of chucking together the best bits from his favourite sounds and influences -” 80′s synth pop, filter disco, big beat and indie were my main influences growing up” – as well as the incredible ‘what the f*@.k.‘ factor that had always distinguished his productions from those of his contemporaries.

The subsequent ‘In Your Machine’ EP fired a keytar-shaped missile into a number of electronic genres, selling as speedily in specialist record shops as it did on iTunes, and prompting a flurry of remix requests from big name acts such as Hard Fi, Alphabeat, Reverend & The Makers and The Infadels, and more recently Ladyhawke, Phoenix, La Roux, Fenech Soler and Gorillaz (Fatboy Slim naming this remix the first big tune of summer 2010). This subsequent slew of first-rate reworks saw Alex crowned ‘remixer of the year’ by XFM, beating the likes of Justice and Soulwax to the punch…”

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Alex Metric Essential Mix Tracklist:

  1. Spiritualized – Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space [Dedicated]
  2. Phoenix – School’s Rule [Source]
  3. Q – The Voice Of Q [Essential Media Group]
  4. Les Rythmes Digitales – About Funk [Wall Of Sound]
  5. Ray Parker Jr. And Raydio – It’s Time To Party Now [Arista]
  6. Sneaky Sound System – When We Were Young (Breakbot Remix) [Elmlowe]
  7. Chaka Khan – We Can Work It Out [Warner Bros]
  8. Colonel Abrams – Trapped [MCA]
  9. K.I.D. – Don’t Stop [Dance Factory]
  10. We In Music – From Happiness To Loneliness (Les Rhythmes Digitales Remix)
  11. The System – You Are In My System [Mirage]
  12. Daft Punk – Short Circuit [Virgin]
  13. Kylie Minogue – Slow (Chemical Brothers Remix) [Parlophone]
  14. David Bowie – Let’s Dance [EMI]
  15. Lo Fidelity Allstars – Battleflag [Skint]
  16. The Prodigy – Diesel Power [XL]
  17. Happy Mondays – Step On [London]
  18. Phoenix – Lisztomania (Alex Metric Remix) [V2]
  19. Peter And The Magician – Twist
  20. Cassian – Get High [Bang Gang]
  21. The Human League – Never Let Me Go (Aeroplane Remix) [Wall Of Sound]
  22. Gorillaz – Stylo (Alex Metric Remix) [EMI]
  23. Alex Metric & Steve Angello – Open Your Eyes (Style Of Eye Dub) [Positiva]
  24. Russ Chimes – Tonic
  25. His Majesty Andre – Clubs [Cheap Thrills]
  26. Alex Metric & Theopholus London – All Night (Acapella)
  27. Alan Braxe – Vertigo (Thomas Bangalter) [Roulette]
  28. Hot Streak – Body Work [Easy Street]
  29. ZZT – Zzafrika (Light Year Remix) [Turbo]
  30. The Helmholtz Resonators – Gypsy (Kurtis Hardrive Remix) [Trashmouth]
  31. Splittr – All Alone (Alex Metric Remix Dub) [Eye Industries]
  32. BeatauCue – Behold [Kitsuné]
  33. Ellie Goulding – Salt Skin (Alex Metric Remix Dub) [Polydor]
  34. Alex Metric – Raveageddon
  35. King Cosmic – Acid In My Soul [Elevation]
  36. Chromeo – Hot Mess (DJEdtronic Remix 2) [Back Yard]
  37. Hurts – Better Than Love (Burns Remix) [RCA]
  38. Niki & The Dove – Mother Protect (Alex Metric Remix)
  39. Infadels – Explain Nothing (Part 1) [Wall Of Sound]
  40. Apparat – Ash [Mute]
  41. Underworld – Pearls Girl [Junior Boys Own]
  42. Twr72 – Autumn
  43. Marc Romboy vs Stephan Bodzin – Triton [Systematic]
  44. Nathan Fake – The Sky Was Pink (James Holden Remix) [Border Community]
  45. UNKLE – In A State (Acapella) [A&M]
  46. Grincheux – Voix
  47. Cock N Bull Kid – Asthma Attack (Stopmakingme Remix) [Universal Island]
  48. LCD Soundsystem – You Wanted A Hit [EMI]
  49. Katy Perry – Peacock (Yuksek Remix Dub) [Capitol]
  50. New Order – Blue Monday [Factory]
  51. Alex Metric & Steve Angello – Open Your Eyes [Positiva]
  52. Infadels – Black Sky [Wall Of Sound]
  53. Toto – Hold The Line [Sony]
  54. The Beatles – The End [Parlophone]
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