Song of the Day: MRR-MSK (Drumetrics) “Inceptive”
Drumetrics are an awe-inspiring musical collective based in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by a range of raw analog sounds of decades past (Italian film soundtracks, fuzz-toned psychedelia, funk, far eastern folk and world music) and a studio full of arcane analog gear, Drumetrics have quietly built a library of instrumental drum-heavy sound, all released in limited-edition vinyl runs (which quickly sell out). While largely a studio effort, Drumetrics still maintain a carefully cultivated black & white op-art visual aesthetic for the very occasional live appearance.
[Their] goal is to engineer a raw analog drum sound for either producers to sample or collaborate.
The Drumetrics Collective are:
- MRR – Michael Raymond Russell
- MSK – Marcus Seiji Knaus
- RSI – Richard Santino Isabella
- CDL – Coz Douglas Littler (Mr. Chop)
- NCP – Natalie Clarice Peckham
- DRB – Danny Ray Barragan
- ADB – Andrew David Barragan
- DJR – David John Rico
- DCB – David Chico Barragan
The latest vinyl release is a 10″ six-track EP simply entitled Collective-001, and features work from every collective member. While exceedingly difficult to choose a standout track, “Inceptive” by MRR-MSK (aka Michael Raymond Russell and Marcus Meiji Knaus) is two minutes of heavy, fuzzed-out eastern-inspired psychedelia. Sporting a nifty D-shaped die-cut foil sleeve with two different cover robot inserts, Collective-001 is a covetable slab of vinyl well worth the investment. In keeping with their rare and somewhat mysterious aesthetic, there are no YouTube clips to embed (downloads are available only to those investing in the vinyl release) but “Inceptive” can be heard on the release pages here and here.