04
Feb
10

Where’s my virtuosity?

Resident Advisor have posted their respective lists of the top 100 (electronic?) albums and songs of the decade – And a good read it is.  As much as people like to question the point of such lists, it’s nonetheless time well spent scanning through the titles, wondering where and when one heard them all, (personally I can’t claim to know them all – what kind of electronic music lover am I?) kinda like sifting through an old photo album or in this case, an old box of records.

Metro Area, perhaps unsurprisingly, achieved both top track (“Miura”) and second best album, something I can’t really find issue with.  Every track on the record is equally at home coming out of your ipod or on the dance floor, that is to say they’re not just DJ tools of loops and basslines, but songs that transgress electronic music’s favoured forum – The Dancefloor.  Though I can’t say “Muira” was my favourite track off the album (that honour goes to the sublime “Caught Up.”  What a bassline!).

It’s interesting to read Morgan Geist’s thoughts about the making of the track, from it’s bedroom roots to the coming decade’s dance floor domination.  His comments about the song’s lack of virtuosity are intriguing, particularly as my definition of virtuosity doesn’t take into account how many notes are in a bass line or how fast or flawlessly one can play.  Virtuosity to me is playing the right notes at the right time.  Nothing more, nothing less.  And if you’re familiar with the album, these guys have virtuosity spades.

So instead of harping on and dissecting the list (this would be both arduous and more pointless than the list itself), I’m gonna leave you with a nice live recording of Metro Area doing what they do.  Turntables, priceless disco record collection, dance floor.  You’re welcome.

Also here’s a video of them doing a bit of live rejig of some of the tracks off the album.  Live keys and all…

Metro Area – Live @ Somewhere from Roman Filippov on Vimeo.


2 Responses to “Where’s my virtuosity?”


  1. 1 Burn
    February 7, 2010 at 2:47 am

    I would argue that “caught up” and/or “PiNa” are the best tracks on Metro Areas album, however I would certainly agree with you thoughts on virtuosity.

    Peas


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