Ultramajic goes for the jugular with the second chapter of its Metaphysix series after Aden and Creepy Autograph's first installment won over many new hearts in 2013 (particularly with the much-buzzed about "Whip") while keeping existing acolytes very happy.
Inspired in equal parts by legends of early Detroit music and arcane philosophical-religious concepts, these are savage drum tracks slimmed down to their meanest and leanest states - dance music at an elemental level, pure rhythmic bliss that would do past drum machine wizards like Plastikman very proud while sitting nicely alongside modern operations like Night Slugs' Club Constructions series. It's no surprise, then, that Night Slugs co-founder L-Vis 1990 makes an appearance here under his Dance System alias with the rugged "RZ1", effortlessly bridging the gap between forward UK styles and vintage Detroit soul. Matrixxman steps up to the plate in a big way with the hard drum rolls of "Simulation" and two different incarnations of the jacking, rimshot-crazy "Stop It". Creepy Autograph is back for his second appearance in the Metaphysix series with a ferocious remix of "Simulation" while Lando (formerly Lando Kal) rounds things out with "Loveplay", adding soulful vox and bouncing synths to the machinelike motif.
All in all this a lethal set of no-frills, drum machine-inspired workouts that demonstrate the "less is more" maxim with sterling results, revealing each artist to be a virtuoso of rhythm and Edgar to be a consummate curator. Complete with magickal cover art by Jimmy Edgar and Pilar Zeta reportedly made while traveling in Egypt, there is indeed much magic to be mesmerized by here.
Early support from DJ Hell, Eats Everything, Danny Daze, Groove Armada, Jimmy Edgar, Loco Dice, Eclair Fifi, Para One, Louisahhh!, Boys Noize, Catz N Dogz, Djedjotronic, Shadowchild, Claude Von Stroke, J Phlip, Kill Frenzy, TWR72, Kastle, Distal, Len Faki, James Zabiela, Troy Pierce, Speedy J, Shadow Dancer, Dubfire.
ULTRAMAJIC LVX007 // RELEASE DATE APRIL 21ST
METAPHYSIX: II, RHYTHM
MATRIXXMAN "STOP IT"
MATRIXXMAN "STOP IT" (PERCAPELLA)
DANCE SYSTEM "RZ1"
MATRIXXMAN "SIMULATION" (CREEPY AUTOGRAPH TRANSLATION)
COVER ART BY PILAR ZETA AND JIMMY EDGAR