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Intro 0:32
Dance Reaction 6:11
Miura 6:42
Piña 6:05
Square-Pattern Aura 5:36
Machine Vibes 5:39
Atmosphrique 6:32
Soft Hoop 4:47
Orange Alert 5:39
Strut 5:34
Caught Up 7:37

Versions (8)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ENVCD002 Metro Area Metro Area(CD, Album) Environ ENVCD002 US 2002 Sell This Version
SOURLP070 Metro Area Metro Area(2xLP, Album) Source, Environ SOURLP070 UK 2002 Sell This Version
ENVLP002 Metro Area Metro Area(2xLP, Album) Environ ENVLP002 US 2002 Sell This Version
ENVLP002 Metro Area Metro Area(2xLP, Album, Promo, W/Lbl) Environ ENVLP002 US 2002 Sell This Version
CDSOUR070, 7243 5 42732 2 3 Metro Area Metro Area(CD, Album) Source, Source, Environ, Environ CDSOUR070, 7243 5 42732 2 3 UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
CDSOURDJ 070 Metro Area Metro Area(CD, Album, Promo) Source CDSOURDJ 070 UK 2002 Sell This Version
ENVCD002 Metro Area Metro Area(CD, Album, Promo) Environ ENVCD002 US 2002 Sell This Version
none Metro Area Metro Area(CDr, Album, Promo) Source none France 2002 Sell This Version

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hltchk

hltchk

August 26, 2016
referencing Metro Area, CD, Album, ENVCD002
Does anyone know why the tracklist above does not match the tracklistings for either the US or UK vinyl releases? That and why tracks such as Pina and Strut are completely absent from both releases?
Dubvulture

Dubvulture

May 7, 2014
edited 5 days ago
referencing Metro Area, CD, Album, CDSOUR070, 7243 5 42732 2 3
This is really a compilation of tracks issued on Metro Area singles between 1999 and 2002, plus three pieces ('Square-pattern aura', 'Soft hoop', and the original mix of 'Orange alert') which were, I believe, previously unreleased. The inclusion of a brief intro implies that the whole is to be taken as an album, but it nevertheless still sounds like a compilation.

At present Discogs classifies this as 'electro, deep house, disco'. There is no deep house here. It's much closer to early ’80s electro and disco. Several tracks would sit comfortably next to the Peech Boys' 'Don't make me wait', Maze's 'Twilight', or dubs by François Kevorkian or Paul Simpson. Unfortunately none of the tracks on this album really measure up to the classics of that era. It's a set of immaculately produced but often tepid disco instrumentals. 'Piña' is the kind of electronics-and-classical-guitar experiment that Vini Reilly did to greater effect in 1990. 'Machine vibes' is five-and-a-half minutes of not much. There's nothing outrightly wrong with the other tracks; they just aren't very engaging. Metro Area's Fabric mix proves that they have more imagination than is demonstrated here.
dogidogg

dogidogg

June 4, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Metro Area, 2xLP, Album, ENVLP002

Nice electronic funk here...Beutiful soundscapes betwen acid pumping basslines with melodic synths and good percusion.On the top: Miura, Soft Hoop and Orange Alert. Listen to relax.
MiXCHure

MiXCHure

April 4, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Metro Area, CD, Album, CDSOUR070, 7243 5 42732 2 3

Wow! This album is amazingly funky, and it works very well with its reliance on the electronics. Morgan Geist's rough-edged electronic sound is very distinguishable in this release, but the use of strings and voices in various tracks as a counterpoint really completes the sound. "Miura" has an excellent deep sound to it, with excellent use of harmony when the voices come in. Trust me on this one; listen to this track and you'll understand. "Atmosphrique" is extremely funky, and it works well as an anchor for the sound, being that it's in the middle of the album. "Strut" and "Caught Up" really end the album well, and the last track's strings are particularly memorable.
scoundrel

scoundrel

February 7, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Metro Area, CD, Album, ENVCD002

Blippy electro-disco from Morgan Geist (one of the forefathers of the movement) and his partner-in-crime Darshan Jesrani under their moniker Metro Area. The tracks display nice blend of different elements, from deep house to Chicago-style disco house (with a extended stay in Detroit). The clear and unabashed love of funk (listen to the tootling voices on “Miura” or the old-skool rhythms on “Soft Hoop”) also add a sense of fun. There’s also a polished smoothness (like on “Machine Vibe” and “Orange Alert”). The simplicity of the songs both adds to their charm and makes them difficult to differentiate from one another, but still, for your late night pleasures, you’ll want to make a visit to this metro area.