NINJASHOP | BOOMKAT | BLEEP
1. Love and Machines (feat. Spaceape)
6. I Saw You at Tule Lake
7. Ghost People
8. Twice As
10. Horror Vacui
11. We Are You in the Future
My last album, ‘Great Lengths,’ was very personal. A lot of the music and the themes behind it were taken out of my daily life: my sorrows and my melancholy. For this album, I chose things that are further away from me: the Ghost People theme. There are references to DJing in general. Not the jet-set DJ life, but the old Paradise Garage DJ life, where people want to share and play the music they really love, regardless of if it’s trendy. Nothing fancy or flashy. Just back to the roots.
Its only natural that Martyn has risen above the cliches and pitfalls of the vacuous DJ world. Over his 15 years DJing, 6 years producing, and 4 years A&R’ing his 3024 imprint, the Holland-born/Washington DC-based artist has forged his own path every step of the way. His multi-leveled career has kept balance with a focus on art, and his every sacrifice is preserved in an endless dedication to music. As a continual record buyer and beat seeker, Martyn is a beacon of hope through leagues of passion-less DJs and producers, the “ghost people”: plastic, hollow shells that focus only on the in-the-now grooves or keeping in line with trends.
Martyn’s inspiration stems from the old school mentality of connecting the dots, much like how Ron Hardy would tweak a soul track into a house groove, or Goldie sent processed breakbeats far into the future. Throughout his uncategorisable sound, Martyn gives nods to the electronic music that came before him: bringing back the energy of early rave, the deep builds of old jungle, the immersive and impulsive feel of an early Francois K DJ set. A veritable ambassador for scenes across the board, and across oceans, Martyn has a rare ability to bring sounds together, and unite the right people all the while.
One artist he’s united with time and time again is Brainfeeder leader Flying Lotus. A close friend within whom he’s always found creative alliance, the two decided to join forces on Martyn’s sophomore album this September. With Ghost People, Martyn pulls Brainfeeder out of LA and straight into the fluorescent bounce of West London’s 2-step, massaging the darker edge of Croydon’s dub roots, and D&B’s otherworldly and sci-fi sonics, while simultaneously moving through the grit of Detroit’s mechanic grooves, and into the freewheeling vibe of Berghain. Yet, all the while, he maintains Brainfeeder’s spirit of wild experimentalism and – as the title of his “We Are You In The Future” suggests – sense of futurism at the forefront, with each of the album’s unpredictable tracks.
”I want to be known as someone that always surprises. I think some people have started to accept that. That’s my favorite position to be in.”
In more ways than one, Ghost People stands as a tour diary from Martyn’s globe-spanning schedule over the last two years. While the intensely detailed and layered precision of his sound stays the same, the album soars from the depths of Great Lengths insularity, and heads for the dancefloor, giving hints of the sounds and memories he’s picked up along the way. Ghost People walks a tightrope between joyful liberation and deep speculation, as heard in the spaciousness and atmosphere of “Bauplan,” or the sublime wanderings of “I Saw You At Tule Lake,” in contrast to the duality of “Popgun” (which nods back and looks forward simultaneously) or the warehouse-suited “Horror Vacui.”
”Ghost People is also about being on the road for a long time, and seeing how you cope with situations. I try to zen my way through it, and just stay focused on my music.”
To bring the album to life, Martyn is teaming up with his 3024 partner, visual artist and muralist (“the artist formally known as street artist”), Erosie. The two will be planning a series of special launch parties in various parts of the world.
Martyn explains: “I did create parts of the album with my live set in mind. The live set is very much a performance of the album for me. That’s where the artwork comes in, too: the sleeve, and then having Erosie recreate it live in a venue. It’s a full live manifestation of the album.”
“By the time the imitators catch up, he’ll be light years ahead.” DJ
“This is top-quality output from a first-class producer who just keeps getting better.” Mixmag
“Classy cross-pollination of techno and dubstep.” Q Magazine
“An album of Orbital-esque sci-fi landscapes, funky cyber-shuffles and old skool rave delivered back from the future.” Artrocker
“Continues to predict the dance trends of the future… at the forefront of the shifting beat” BBC
“A satisfyingly darker affair than his debut.” Guardian Guide
“Alive with bleeps, gale force synths and sci-fi effects. Ghost People balances dancefloor immediacy with cerebral stimulation” Independent (Dance album of week)
“A cutting edge album that is extremely engaging and enjoyable.” Music OMH
“An exceptional release.” Music Week
“Ghost People is the perfect platform for Martyn to parade his different facets of production, giving an ample insight into his inspirations and his progression as an artist.” Sonic Router
“Futuristic and perfectly current at once. Go. Get.” Ransom Note
“Restlessly innovative maverick.” Metro
“Whether garage, techno, ghetto bass or rave, the route to the dancefloor is always direct, and the laying into the speakers cut and dried from the off.” Clash