Review: Various Artists – Metro Jaxx Vol 2

Posthuman’s Balkan Vinyl follows up their hugely successful 2018 release, Metro Jaxx Vol. 1, with the second in the series. The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight takes a listen to six tracks that cover the full acid spectrum.

January 2018 saw Balkan Vinyl dropping the first volume of their Metro Jaxx series. The six-track EP featured a slew of incendiary tracks primed to set the touch-paper alight where any dancefloor was concerned. Coming in a limited run of 303 hand-numbered vinyl, the release sold out pretty much in an instant, with the repress behaving in much the same way.

Obviously spilling hot wax is a habit of the imprint, headed by Posthuman, and such an assertion is pretty apparent from the second installment of the Metro Jaxx series. Once again, six artists step up with their finest acetic concoctions, which straddle the whole gamut of the 303 sound. This is a release that offers diversity across what some may consider to be a niche sound, pushing the little silver box in various directions to offer a record that is multifarious in nature.

The EP opens up with Way We Do by Granary 12. The Glaswegian two-piece, consisting of Ewan McVicar and Steven Simpson, liberate serotonin with aplomb, as the track opens up with some tremendously beefy kicks that you can’t help but jitter away to. This jettisons us into familiar acid territory, as those infectious squiggles are layered up towards a funky drop just past the 3-minute mark.

Next up is one of Oxford’s finest exports, Mark Broom, who pleases the ears with a devilish brute of a track that dips the litmus paper into the techno side of the acid sound. Echoing claps pierce through 88‘s cavernous bassline to deliver a track so demonic that even Baal would be breaking out in a sweat. This is pure hi-NRG warehouse fodder and would undoubtedly cause utter devastation in any dark room.

Amenopoly steps up for track three with Citizen London. This is the most lighthearted track on the album. The acid synth works around the top end, accompanied by a harmonious bassline that underpins the production. Fans of Luke Vibert et al will love this track which, at just under three minutes, is the shortest on the record. Almost chiptune-ish in character, this is a playful number that makes expert use of the 303.

Bodyjack lives up to his name with Siren of the Nile. We defy anyone not to want to bust out some serious power moves to this swinger, popping off locks and tuts in the faces of unsuspecting co-passengers on their morning commute. The synth sways along in a most contagious manner, while the bulbous toms and kicks add gravity to the production.

If you want some music to get down to, then Maxime Alexander‘s penultimate track, Take My Hands, ooooooozes eroticism. Time to get your sweat on, as Maxime tweaks your central nervous system with ‘sex and money and fame and lust’ while heavy bottom-end gives the track plenty of grind potential. You have no option other than to get your fuck on. Screw it, this is acid, and its fucking sexy.

Whether or not Enkidu takes his name from the Mesopotamian myth matters not, but as he delivers the final track on the EP, it is hard not to evoke mythical imagery in the mind’s eye. Shinakasen Electro draws the EP to a close in a most stylish fashion, as 808 and 303 work in a wonderfully mellifluous union, perhaps in homage to the ultimate friendship between Enkidu and Gilgamesh…

Once again, Balkan Acid doesn’t fail to impress. Here are six tracks that will work their way into many a discerning DJ’s heavy rotators. Stores will be stocking a limited number of the vinyl from the second week in August, with the full release planned for the 19th. Etch this one on your motherboard, freaks, its gonna melt minds. You can grab your copy right here.

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Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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