Between Here and Now

Metro Area's recent European success served as a global warning of new and emerging American talent ready to credibly hit the international electronic music stage—a notoriously tough crowd.

Metro Area's recent European success served as a global warning of new and emerging American talent ready to credibly hit the international electronic music stage—a notoriously tough crowd. With the door cracked open a little wider, Los Angeles duo Projections may have a shot at shining through with their promising debut. Rather than the pitfalls of sample, loop, and repeat, Projections have an obvious musicianship, honed in local funk and ska bands, as well as on the road with hip-hop outfits Pharcyde and Styles of Beyond. And like Metro Area, this pair has a tendency to lovingly wear their influences on their sleeves, imprinting Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder ("Inner City Sides" and "Kingsburg") as readily as they reference house music.—TP