Boomkat Product Review:
Unmissable darkside Detroit tekkerz from Kemetrix, accomplice of Urban Tribe, serving something like a custom-built cybernoir soundtrack to Robocop or Tetsuo The Iron Man. Proper, proper, proper good!
As ever with the best 313 gear, ‘80s electro exerts a key, magnetic influence over proceedings on Kemetrix’s first solo release, proper. Arriving on the 100 Limousines label in the wake of 12”s by Todd Modes and K-6000, the ‘Here and Now’ album feels to explore a sort of cinematic, uchronic kink in the timeline, where Detroit exists in a permanent ’50s/‘60s/’80s twilight state of noirish thriller/sci-fi intrigue and civil unrest. It’s all flashlights in derelict warehouses, raggo muscle cars, hardcore raves, and cut-scenes of dialogue with gangsters and chop-shop greaseheads - real post-industrial business that pushes all the right buttons.
Frankly and practically the sort of Detroit album we’ve long wished for, the 8-track session rolls out as a sort of adjunct to Urban Tribe’s classic long-players with an unmistakably Motor City-skooled grasp of machine funk and atmosphere, all very satisfyingly spring with a Black secret technology and filtered thru a sort of sonic fictional lens that honours a tradition reaching right back thru the Electrifying Mojo to UR, Drexicya/Dopplereffekt, and ultimately Urban Tribe - the rotating ensemble helmed by Drexciyan ambassador Sherard Ingram and including Shake, KDJ, and notably Kemetrix on their eponymous 2010 side for Mahogani Music.
With ‘Here and Now’ Kemetrix effectively serves a sort of spin-off Urban Tribe project that balances its machine soul with a more grizzled industrial spirit; driving from the awesome cybernoir intro of ‘Detroit Cosmopolitan’ to the low-sprung suspension of ‘Wi Gonbealright SB #3’ via slunky zingers such as ‘Kemetrix Unbound’, pounding warehouse body music in ‘Ktrix Machine’, and Sin City-alike scenes in ‘I’m Seeing Things (From Detroit Borg)’, plus Stingray-style hydraulics in ‘Float ‘Em’ and the outstanding pressure of ’Metaphysekremoleculextion’.
Fuck, this is strong!