Alex Metric is a London-based DJ and producer who made his name through his own productions as well as numerous remixes, ranging from breaks and electro-house to the more club-friendly side of indie rock and pop. Equally influenced by classic techno and house as well as disco and funk, his tracks often have a choppy, distorted edge similar to artists on Ed Banger, but he's progressively created more pop-leaning dance anthems, in addition to remixing major acts like U2 and Depeche Mode. Born Alex Drury in 1984, he first started releasing nu breaks tracks similar to artists such as Meat Katie and Koma & Bones. Often credited to just Metric, his initial 12" singles appeared on labels such as Lot49 and Burrito Records. His 2006 single, "Holding," on Four:Twenty Recordings went in more of a minimal tech-house direction, and included a remix by Dani König.
By 2007's Whatshewants EP on Marine Parade, his sound had begun to incorporate crunchy, cut-up guitar riffs and occasional vocals. Several singles and EPs followed on Marine Parade, continuing in a more song-based direction. 2011's "It Starts" was an uptempo pop/rock tune similar to the French band Phoenix, whose single "Lisztomania" Metric had remixed. Metric also remixed songs by artists including Gorillaz, N*E*R*D, Ellie Goulding, and Bloc Party; 2011's Open Your Eyes (Positiva/Virgin) collected many of these, as well as collaborations with Steve Angello, Stone Roses' Ian Brown, and Charli XCX, which were released as singles.
In 2012, Metric self-released a three-song EP titled Ammunition. He then signed to Skrillex's OWSLA imprint, who issued Ammunition, Pt. 2 later that year, followed by Pt. 3 in 2013. Metric's most anthemic single yet, Jacques Lu Cont collaboration "Safe with You," appeared on Ministry of Sound in 2013. A less vocal-centered EP called Hope appeared on OWSLA in 2014, and another poppy single, "Heart Weighs a Ton," was released by Warner. In 2015, OWSLA released Ammunition, Pt. 4, which included collaborations with the Knocks and the New Sins. ~ Paul Simpson