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Rising Nottingham-based label and club night Wigflex serve up their first release of 2012 after previously releasing music from artists such as Lone, Shortstuff, Geiom and Hizatron. This time around it's the turn of the leftfield leaning Metske and his Technoid alter-ego Metaphi as he delivers an accomplished array of experimental tracks that touch upon IDM, Breaks, Hip-Hop and down-tempo House. No suprise then, that his dual personas are pricking up a few ears as the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs have been quick to show their love for his sound.
Under the guise of Metske the BPM's hover around the 95 BPM mark, working within the framework of Hip-Hop with traces of Skwee intertwined but the influences thereafter are endless. 'Slow Train Tape Blues' saunters to its peak before marrying the lines between Electronica and Blues with a self-composed Harmonica riff that exudes melancholy in abundance.
At the same tempo 'Spin States' delves into cosmic realms with pipey neon chords and bit-crunched bass. The strings are almost reminiscent of a Sega Mega Drive boss level and the futuristic concept of the tune has manifested itself into viral form with a retro-tinged animated video that you can view below.
Metaphi’s taste for big room Techno is blatant and with 'Concius' he’s keeping things raucous with a barrage of pulsating synths and basslines that point to a much darker palette under the moniker. The EP finishes with the slightly more reserved cut 'Messmode' which aims straight for the dancefloor, with its four to the floor groove, but still keeps with the futuristic soundscape.
Release/catalogue number: WIG006
Release date: Jun 25, 2012