Fabric 50


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Fabric 50 Review

by Rick Anderson

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

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Martyn feat: Joy Fantastic / Hudson Mohawke / OlivierDaySoul 04:02 SpotifyAmazon
2 Martyn feat: Alec Wizz 01:45 SpotifyAmazon
3 Martyn feat: Nubian Mindz 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
4 Martyn feat: Maddslinky 02:12 SpotifyAmazon
5 Martyn feat: Altered Natives 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
6 Martyn feat: Zomby 01:44 SpotifyAmazon
Martyn feat: Bakongo / Uncle Bakongo 02:26 SpotifyAmazon
8 Martyn feat: Zomby 01:55 SpotifyAmazon
9 Martyn feat: Jamie Anderson / Deepgroove / Deep Grove 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
10 Martyn feat: DJ Bone 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
11 Martyn feat: Detachments 03:38 SpotifyAmazon
12 Martyn feat: Joy Orbison 02:12 SpotifyAmazon
13 Martyn feat: Cooly G 02:19 SpotifyAmazon
14 Martyn 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
15 Martyn feat: Kode9 03:24 SpotifyAmazon
Martyn feat: Roska 01:27 SpotifyAmazon
Martyn 02:56 SpotifyAmazon
18 Martyn feat: Levon Vincent 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
19 Martyn 03:11 SpotifyAmazon
Martyn 03:57 SpotifyAmazon
21 Martyn feat: Actress 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
22 Martyn feat: Zomby 02:28 SpotifyAmazon
Martyn feat: 2562 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
Martyn 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
25 Martyn feat: Jan Driver 02:09 SpotifyAmazon
26 Martyn feat: Dorian Concept 03:21 SpotifyAmazon
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