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Metro Area (15th Anniversary Edition)

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  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Cassette + Digital Album

    This one is for the collectors. What better way to celebrate the 15th anniversary of one of our favorite albums than to make a stylish cassette edition? This is a pink "chrome plus" (high quality) cassette of Metro Area's original 2002 album manufactured in a limited edition of 150. Made in USA. Shrink-wrapped.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Metro Area (15th Anniversary Edition) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 3 Metro Area releases available on Bandcamp and save 10%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Metro Area 7, Metro Area 5 & 6, and Metro Area (15th Anniversary Edition). , and , .

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      $15.30 USD or more (10% OFF)

     

  • Metro Area (15th Anniversary Edition) 3LP Vinyl
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    12-track triple vinyl set plus digital download.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Metro Area (15th Anniversary Edition) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Environ is proud to present the Metro Area 15th Anniversary Edition, Metro Area's eponymous debut album, meticulously remastered by Alchemy Mastering's Matt Colton using the artist's original source tapes. This package combines all the songs from the original US and licensed European releases, and features new commemorative artwork unique to this edition. Originally released in 2002, the album was named as one of the Best Albums of the Year by Rolling Stone, and in 2011 it was voted the second-best Album of the Decade by Resident Advisor (with the timeless "Miura" voted #1 Track of the '00s).

Back in the late '90s, Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani bonded over their shared love of slower tempos and '70s and '80s NYC club culture. Obsessed with record digging and the sounds they heard on late-night "club classics" radio shows—and turned off by current releases they saw as artlessly “updating” sublime disco by sampling, filtering and subjugating them with huge kick drums —the duo set out to discover how their favorite old 12” records were made.

They naturally gravitated towards extended dubs of songs—full of strange mistakes and echoing backing tracks—instead of the better-known vocal versions. Lacking the big budgets and gear that made so many of their favorite classic records come together, they were forced to take a guerrilla approach. They reprogrammed their techno-oriented arsenal of secondhand synths and samplers, using novel digital recording technology to capture live instrumentation and prioritizing mood over hooks, and the resulting music was just wrong enough to sound unlike anything else being released at the time.

After just four underground 12" releases, the duo—now well-known as Metro Area—released their first and only album, Metro Area, in the fall of 2002. Fifteen years later, it's time to celebrate the culmination of their shared history and inspiration once again.

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released October 27, 2017

All tracks written & produced by Darshan Jesrani & Morgan Geist.

All songs published by Hydroelectric Music (ASCAP)
administered by Warp Music Publishing.

℗ + © 2017 Environ LLC

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Metro Area was born out of a shared love of disco and boogie classics and a fascination with the future shock of innovative electronic music. Metro Area is Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani.

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