The Detroit label comes out of hiatus this Friday with a 12-inch from Kimyon Huggins, and a Model 500 album on the horizon.
Not counting a dry period between 2004 and now, Metroplex has been in business for more than 25 years, and has put out records by some of Detroit's most influential artists, not least Atkins himself and his Model 500 project. So why the seven-year break? "Basically we just didn’t have any releases, so we kind of went on a hiatus," Atkins said over the phone last week. "There was no real specific reason—just took a break for a minute." Atkins says he re-launched the label because he started hearing music he wanted to release again, eventually settling on an EP by Kimyon, who he collaborated with two years ago on the Work for Money EP. Entitled Platform View, the new record will be released in a limited run of 200 records on Friday, and be released digitally on November 11th.
Looking ahead, Atkins is working on a new Model 500 album, which he says should see release sometime around next spring, with the first single out by the end of 2011. He also hopes to make Metroplex's entire back catalog available through a new label website, and has mused on releasing a Model 500 box set with all of the records' original packaging. More details on those releases as they become available.
A1 Platform View
B1 Make The Bed
Metroplex will release Platform View on November 4th, 2011.