Boomkat Product Review:
Reissue of Metamatics’ classic LP, NeoOuija, which lent its title to his much loved and still persisting label, home to early releases by Xela, Apparat etc.
A hero of the late ‘90s electronica nexus, Lee Norris’ Metamatics has seen a resurgence of interest around to his early output of late, with a range of characters from Objekt to minimalist house DJs returning to its diverse variations of sleekly contoured, warmly atmospheric late ‘90s/early ‘00s electro and ambient.
Recorded in ‘creamy Devon’ in 1997 and released by London’s Hydrogen Dukebox in 1998, the results sound very much of their time, yet resonate with needs for more minimalist, rolling music in an age of oversaturated everything, applying a p[recious touch to everything from jazzy D&B (Neo Ouija, Solange Jimenez) to more experimental tones (2nd Floor Flat) via Detroit breakbeat inspirations (Escher Escalator) and sparkling ambient 2-step (Vanishing Point), alongside runs into rustling, Jan Jelinek-style glitchtronica (Piano2), frayed downbeats (So Many Ways) and cinematic ambient (Evening Star).
RIYL Plaid, Brothomstates, Kamal Joory, SND