This is somewhat typical: you hear a tune several months before it comes out, but once it’s available you have already forgotten about it. There have been far more extreme examples than this new remix of Martyn 2008 track “Vancouver”, but it almost went off my radar. Fortunately, the Head High remix made a huge enough impression on me when I first heard it on the Hessle Audio radioshow in late November, still I only found out it’s already been waiting in record stores since January 20th. It’s probably hard by now to get a copy on vinyl, but 3024’s new distributor Clone still has some in stock.
While Julio Bashmore‘s latest 12-inch is still far from wearing out, here’s a lookout at his forthcoming release.
We’re not exactly sure about the title of the EP (could be simply “Julio Bashmore”), but it will be out on Martyn‘s label 3024 on March 28, 2011. Only two of the tracks will see a vinyl release, the third is a digital exclusive.
Following label-founder Martyn and 2562, Manchester’s Illum Sphere is only the third artist to release on the 3024 label. The Titan EP is available in stores now, comes with three tracks and is defnitely recommended.
In this video from XLR8R TV you hear Ryan talk about the making of the EP and eventually getting it released by Martyn.
Following last week’s first installment with remixes by Zomby and Redshape, the second round of remixes from Martyn’s Great Lengths LP is about to launch soon. This time it’s minimal producer Ben Klock from Berlin and Mancunian Illum Sphere on remix duties.
A. Is This Insanity? (Ben Klock mix)
B. Brilliant Orange (Illum Sphere’s No 14 mix)
Juno currently has some promotional copies in stock, but the regular release should be available by the beginning of next week.
I don’t recall a record this year that was nearly as anticipated as Martyn‘s debut longplayer Great Lengths. The album is officially out since yesterday and it’s set to change the perception of dubstep forever. For those of you who are critical towards dubstep, this could turn out to be the first album in your collection, as it’s the yet best proof for the genre’s versatility.
In contrast to Benga or Skream, who seem to compete over the sickest sounding synths or the heaviest bassline, Martyn creates a deep organic sound. The mood of the album compares more to the sound of Appleblim or his label, Apple Pips, which incidentally started with a record from Martyn. As a result, you get a warm and rich sound, at times revealing its Detroit techno influence, making it work on both dancefloor and headphones.01. The Only Choice *
02. Krdl-T-Grv *
03. Right? Star!
04. Seventy Four
05. Little Things *
06. Vancouver *
07. These Words (feat. Dbridge)
08. Bridge *
09. Elden St.
10. Far Away
11. Hear Me
12. Is This Insanity (feat. Spaceape)
13. Brilliant Orange *
14. Natural Selection *
* CD exclusive tracks
While my personal favourites include Elden St., Far Away and Natural Selection, the two vocal tracks deserve special mention. Dbridge‘s soulful vocals turn These Words into a classic single with potential for major radio airplay. Longtime Kode 9-collaborator Spaceape sounds refreshingly different on Is This Insanity?, not that I ever disliked his distinct voice.
The order and blending of all tracks, completed by two beatless compositions, turn Great Lengths into something bigger than the sum of its tracks. However, this applies only to the CD version, as some of the tracks are missing on vinyl, including the standout tracks (Vancouver and Natural Selection were previously released on 12-inch).
Juno Records currently delivers both, the CD and the triple LP for free, a download is also available.
Apr 22, 2009 Martyn lists his favourite records for the Best of Bleep charts!
Dutchmen Martijn Deykers is a DJ and producer better known as Martyn. Originally a drum & bass producer, he put out several dubstep 12-inches in 2008 on his own 3024 label. Even more people might know him from his Flying Lotus remix of Roberta Flack, or his mixtape for Mary Anne Hobb‘s radioshow, recently re-aired in her best-of-2008 show.
Martyn is definitely someone to watch out for, playing a very unique type of dubstep-meets-techno. His debut album Great Lengths is due this spring, and to celebrate its release, there will be launch parties taking place in London and Berlin.
In the meantime, you can download his 120 minutes DJ-set recorded last year at London’s Fabric.