Alex Metric’s sound is deeply rooted in the earliest styles of underground dance music, touching on disco, funk, Chicago house and Detroit techno, as well as indie rock. Here he compiles the perfect soundtrack for sweaty, dimly lit lofts and huge festivals the world over.
1. ‘Tilted’—Christine and the Queens
I’ve been listening to this album a lot recently. Great production, great songs and she has a killer voice. Really interesting forward-thinking pop music.
2. ‘WTF’—Missy Elliot (Jax Jones Remix)
Such a great remix. Missy Elliott’s vocal and the funky live bass are a perfect combo.
3. ‘Tonight’—Adam Port
I’m loving this record at the moment, it’s been on heavy iPod rotation. Great emo dreamy synth track. Proper end-of-the-night business.
4. ‘Race Against the Machine’—Detroit Swindle
I’ve been playing this a lot recently. It sounded amazing when I was at Sankeys Ibiza. Rolling acid techno vibes but with a heavy dose of quirkiness.
5. ‘Boy’—Walker & Royce
Dirty bird really can do no wrong. The production on this is great, really unique. It’s been a record I get excited to reach for at shows.
6. ‘The Best Thing’—Charlotte
One of Soulwax’s imaginary bands created for the Belgica soundtrack. To me it’s the sort of record Rihanna should be making—really simple production and a great song. If this was on vinyl I’d have worn it out from listening to it so much.
7. ‘Mountain At My Gates’—Foals (Alex Metric Remix)
I’m so honored to get to do another remix for one of my favorite bands. Nothing but respect for Foals—they’ve chipped away and worked hard and are really moving up to the next level in terms of popularity. So good to see a band get a chance to grow in this current musical climate. This was my favorite track off the album. I hope I did it some justice.
8. ‘Lord of the Starfields’—Harry Thomas
I heard a DJ play this while at a festival in Croatia. Absolutely fell in love with the synths on it. Been trying to track it down on vinyl since I got back but no luck. One day I’ll get it!
9. ‘45:33’ (Prince Language Remix)—LCD Soundsystem
I saw LCD twice this summer, so I’ve been going back over their albums a lot while traveling. This is one of my favorite LCD tracks—Prince Language did a sterling job bringing it to the dance floor without changing the vibe too much.
10. ‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me’—Rostam
A great song from the ex–Vampire Weekend member. Never really got into that band but this hooked me straight away. Interesting production and a heartfelt song with amazing arpeggios all over the place.