Martyn

Fabric 50

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Although he is arguably one of the architects of the dubstep sound, for his contribution to the Fabric label's DJ series Martijn Deijker decided to go back to his house and techno roots -- but slyly, in a way that actually seems to map out the course of his musical development over the years. Starting out with Hudson Mohawke's "Joy Fantastic" (a loose-limbed hip-hop number with an old-school funk groove and plenty of squidgy synth), he then shifts quickly into house mode with multi-layered Latin percussion by presenting Alec Wizz's "Drummin' (Louis Benedetti Drumminpella)"; within a few tracks, the four-on-the-floor house thump has slipped into a languid soca groove with Altered Native's "Rass Out." From here on out the beat gets more and more complex, the bass thickens, and you start hearing the techno roots of dubstep and techno-dub very clearly. Notice in particular the dubwise effects that leaven the (otherwise aptly titled) "Clock (Ben Klock's Timepiece)" by Deep Groove, and the way an expertly structured rhythm keeps the enervated vocals on Martyn's own "These Words [Roska's Speechless Mix]" from dragging the proceedings down. Martyn's "Friedrichstrasse" is jaunty and fun, and combined with his other original tracks raises the tantalizing possibility of a top-notch artist album someday. Until then, his treatments of other artists' work will probably continue to be plenty satisfying in their own right.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 04:02 Amazon
2
feat: Alec Wizz
01:45 Amazon
3
feat: Nubian Mindz
03:13 Amazon
4
feat: Maddslinky
02:12 Amazon
5 02:40 Amazon
6
feat: Zomby
01:44 Amazon
7
02:26 Amazon
8
feat: Zomby
01:55 Amazon
9 03:08 Amazon
10
feat: DJ Bone
02:39 Amazon
11
feat: Detachments
03:38 Amazon
12
feat: Joy Orbison
02:12 Amazon
13
feat: Cooly G
02:19 Amazon
14 02:54 Amazon
15
feat: Kode9
03:24 Amazon
16
feat: Roska
01:27 Amazon
17
02:56 Amazon
18 02:57 Amazon
19 03:11 Amazon
20
03:57 Amazon
21
feat: Actress
02:42 Amazon
22
feat: Zomby
02:28 Amazon
23
feat: 2562
03:03 Amazon
24
02:50 Amazon
25
feat: Jan Driver
02:09 Amazon
26 03:21 Amazon
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