Saturday, 2 July 2011

Martyn - Masks/Viper (BF024)

Martyn is back with a single and sophomore album forthcoming on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint. Martijn Deykers is undoubtedly one of the most talented producers around, with a consistency of quality demonstrated throughout his multi faceted back catalogue. His debut album ‘Great Lengths’, released on his very own 3024 records, provided one of the highlights of 2009, with a sound much more ingrained in dubstep coming to the fore whilst simultaneously crossing over with garage and techno. ‘Vancouver’ and ‘Hear Me’ still sound as fresh as they did 2 years back, a trait which demonstrates their value. Since his debut LP, Martyn has carefully managed the release of following singles, maintaining the high standards that have gone before. ‘Miniluv’, included on Ben Klock’s Berghain 04 mix, may just mark his strongest work to date. The track is based around pounding kicks and skipping percussion, whilst dark basslines grind beneath the surface only to be overwhelmed by the beautiful melodic chords that develop in the latter stages.

The head of 3024 recordings will present his new material in October on an LP entitled ‘Ghost People’. On the subject of what direction the new material would take, Martyn commented, “People just like a certain sound and then they want more of that. But then when you give them more, they suddenly think you’re boring or one-dimensional. The best way to handle it is to not really listen to people, and just dictate what you want to do. Everyone has their angle, and puts on their mask forward. People use a shell to show who they want to be.” The earliest we’ll be able to perceive the new material will be in the form of a 3-track single, featuring ‘Masks’ as well as two variations of a track titled ‘Viper’. If ‘Masks’ is an indication of where Martyn has taken things with the forthcoming LP we could be presented with his finest work to date. A 4/4 beat thumps, the weight of which is balanced by crisp hats and timely claps. The pulsating percussion is suitably accompanied by a bassline that will delight dancefloors, whilst the progression of intricate key stabs generates an uplifting arrangement that places the track into full fruition.

‘Masks/Viper’ is will be available on 12” on 5th September with a digital release set for 1st August. Invariably, Martyn will deliver quality.


1. Masks
2. Viper (Ghost People Edit)
3. Viper (London’s Arches Edit)

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