12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Where Martyn’s critically acclaimed 2009 album Great Lengths delivered the best aspects of dubstep while evading genre pigeonholes, his 2011 album Ghost People keeps dodging predictability while making something that sounds both familiar and previously uncharted. “Love and Machines” sets the tone with MC Spaceape freestyling over a glistening ambience, and “Viper” blends krautrock-inspired oscillations with laser effects, sequenced handclaps, and downtempo rhythms. With bubbling beats and an 808 State–influenced minimalism, “Masks” recalls the kind of late-night/early-morning dance music played at Manchester’s Hacienda in the early ‘90s. “Ghosts” switches things up with polyrhythmic percolations, vintage synthesizer drones, and what sounds like the peripheral whirring and chirping of Star Wars droids. Martin seems in his element as he keeps those more progressive arrangements sounding simple and flowing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Where Martyn’s critically acclaimed 2009 album Great Lengths delivered the best aspects of dubstep while evading genre pigeonholes, his 2011 album Ghost People keeps dodging predictability while making something that sounds both familiar and previously uncharted. “Love and Machines” sets the tone with MC Spaceape freestyling over a glistening ambience, and “Viper” blends krautrock-inspired oscillations with laser effects, sequenced handclaps, and downtempo rhythms. With bubbling beats and an 808 State–influenced minimalism, “Masks” recalls the kind of late-night/early-morning dance music played at Manchester’s Hacienda in the early ‘90s. “Ghosts” switches things up with polyrhythmic percolations, vintage synthesizer drones, and what sounds like the peripheral whirring and chirping of Star Wars droids. Martin seems in his element as he keeps those more progressive arrangements sounding simple and flowing.

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About Martyn

Along with 2562, Martyn (Martijn Deykers) is the most recognizable face of the Dutch dubstep scene. He first made an impression in 2005 with a couple of singles that earned him immediate underground applause for the way he seemingly managed to integrate both techno and jungle/drum'n'bass techniques into the then-fledgling sounds of dubstep. Further singles and a relentless DJ schedule only added to his increasing profile, culminating with the release of his critically lauded debut album Great Lengths in 2009. He contributed to the Fabric DJ-mix series for its 50th volume, released the following year. After that, he joined the roster of Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label, where he released Ghost People in 2011. For his third album, he moved to Ninja Tune and issued The Air Between Words three years later. By that point, he had amassed a considerable quantity of remix productions for the likes of Flying Lotus, Appleblim, Fever Ray, Santiago Salazar, and Modeselektor. ~ Ricardo Rainho

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