Metro – Grid EP (Ortem)
Posted by Adam on 16th January 2016
It seems that at this time of year new labels are ten to a dozen, perhaps it’s a New Year’s resolution or something like that, so when I got an EP from a new label called Ortem into my inbox I was blown away when instead of hearing some generic, half arsed Drum & Bass I was treated to something on another level.
The debut release on Ortem comes from Metro, who runs the label, an artists that I wasn’t familiar with until now but it certainly seems that this isn’t his first rodeo.
“With a heritage steeped in the early days of rave, parties and MC-ing for Jam Master Jay (EZ Rollers), PFM and LTJ Bukem, Metro has been immersed in and has watched the growth of the drum and bass scene.”
Anyway, on to the music. The first words that came to mind as I listened through the tracks were hypnotising and enchanting. It’s difficult to not draw comparisons between this and the likes of Bop but in no way is that a bad comparison to be made. The music skirts around the fringes of Drum & Bass, drawing in ambient and lo-fi elements that drew me in like a moth to a flame.
This is a very exciting first release and sets the label up for a bright future.
You can bag the EP right now on Bandcamp: https://ortem.bandcamp.com/releases