Alex Metric’s current purple patch looks set to continue with the third reload of his prolific ‘Ammunition’ series, with the latest edition seeing the producer touch as many genre-shaped bases as possible in just under 21 minutes, across four originals.
We’ve already previewed the first track, ‘Illium’, made alongside Mark Yardley, from Stanton Warriors fame, but that’s no reason not to mention it again. Clearly inspired by early 2000s electro and breaks it’s an intoxicating blend of jarring percussion, big leads, and just enough punch to give you a headache.
The EP takes a turn in the direction of disco for ‘Scandalism’, clearly inspired by Metter’s 3-hour sets at the London night of the same name. It’s an atmospheric disco gem that begins with waves of swirling arp synth lines, as it progresses Metric lines-up a lead synth that takes the track into ‘Anybody Else’ territory, which is never a bad place to be.
‘Want Ya’ falls somewhere between modern-day electro house and early 90s raves, it’s very much from the 5am school of thought, with stabbing synths and looped vocals whipping you up into a frenzy for the impending big-room finish.
‘RW2’ is the final swan song of ‘Ammunition’ Part 3, and for me is probably the most interesting sonically – it’s brimming with a menacing leads, gurgling basslines, and a drop that would wipe the smile off a trap enthusiast from 50-feet.
By our count Metric has produced an album’s worth of original music under the ‘Ammunition’ guise, and it would be a real shame if this body of work wasn’t grouped together and released as an album. There we said it.
HBF Rating 5/5