Its a slightly offbeat time to pick Martyn as our Producer of the Week. He hasn’t got any new releases on the cards. But when perusing through the Brainfeeder artist roster the other day, I was reminded of his 2011 album ‘Ghost People’. It’s a bold album, and several tracks from it became synonymous with last years sound, particularly this brutally infectious track ‘Masks’. The sticcato synth and tech hard bassline build up unbearably; working crowds into a frenetic mob.
Martyn – Masks
Martyn’s current output has foundations in European techno – roots that make some sense as he is originally from Holland. The techno melancholy of the track below ‘We Are You In The Future’ almost has echoes of trance in it. Trance is an almost dirty word in most music circles, but don’t let that put you off. This is a glorious use of synths.
Martyn – We Are You In The Future
Martyn has been DJing and producing music for over 6 years, releasing a host of EPs before his first LP ‘Great Lengths’. This earlier album had a much more noticeable dubstep and garage influence. ‘These Words’ – a track created with producer d-Bridge – mixes plaintive vocals with a jump up beat and a pretty piano riff.
Martyn feat d-Bridge – These Words.
On the flip side, on earlier tracks like ‘Vancouver’ Martyn tended to use a more classically dubstep beat. Although his latest releases have been more textured and more vibrant, I still hold a torch for Martyn when he is in this territory. It’s satisfyingly warped dark stuff.
Martyn – Vancouver