Get deep inside the touring mind of rave-tinged electro-upstart and acclaimed producer Alex Metric with a special selection of the producer’s tour jams.
Life on the road can be hard for an artist. Well, maybe not hard, but boring at least, which is why you need a solid selection of tunes to keep you sane through the endless bus journeys and flights. To avoid being engulfed in the same music 24/7, these touring soundtracks are usually pretty different to what an artist might play at their own shows, as is the case with Metric’s selection.
A highly respected producer, DJ and in-demand remixer (having reworked acts as diverse as Depeche Mode, Gorillaz and N.E.R.D.), the prolific London artist can be found serving up anything from sparkling synth-pop to filthy club bangers in his extensive back catalogue. But when it comes to an on-the- road soundtrack, it seems Metric likes to unwind with deep disco cuts, retro funk and golden grooves. And who can blame him for kicking back a little after laying waste to yet another sweaty club dancefloor all night.
Alongside classic sounds from the likes of Bryan Ferry and Luther Vandross, Metric’s mix also features some contemporary nods to the electronica side of his own sound, from James Holden, Moderat and Kompakt artist Kölsch.
Here’s Metric on his Tour Jams:
“I’ve been on the road pretty solidly since August. I wanted to put together a mix of the tracks I’ve been listening to while on the road. Those tracks on my iPod that kept getting listened to again and again. The tracks that go on when I’m in my hotel room, in a bunk on a tour bus, waiting in airports or looking out at the clouds while in the sky. There’s some new stuff, some classics, some club stuff, some songs, a bit of everything I love all in one mix. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did putting it together.”
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1. Zoot Woman - Nobody Knows (Part 2)
2. Mayer Hawthorne - Her Favorite Song (Oliver Remix)
3. Drake - Hold On, We’re Going Home
4. Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
5. St Lucia - Elevate
6. The Preatures - Is This How You Feel? (Classix Remix)
7. Holy Ghost - Okay
8. Sailor & I - Tough Love (Aril Brikha Remix)
9. Phoenix - Bourgeois
10. Bryan Ferry - Don’t Stop The Dance (Todd Terje Remix)
11. Kölsch - Oma
12. The Streets - Turn The Page
13. Moderat - Therapy
14. James Holden - Blackpool Late Eighties
15. The Verve – Life’s An Ocean
Words: Tristan Parker
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