Martyn's 'Ghost People' Welcomes Me Back / by Randy Ortiz

Fresh off the Brainfeeder(Flying Lotus' baby) records label Martyn has released his second album "Ghost People" today and touches base on his lengthy travels on the road, sci-fi supersonics and the dislike of "trendy" or bandwagoning folks which we all love. The first thing that I have to say about this album is that I am happy to report that there are NO long winded intros or build-ups that get you to the point of yanking your hair out while waiting for the beat to drop, that's one thing I can't stand and am always thankful for those artists that don't try to sell me a beat or song with a cheesy build-up. There's a reason why I haven't reviewed much electronic/dub/jungle/house music here, I feel that it hasn't fully evolved to the point where I can take it serious again but "Ghost People" is a special exception. While Martyn brings new beats and his recent experiences to the table in this album, it also reminded me of those days in the early 90's where I got excited about tracks that took me to colored laser filled rooms and bass so loud you feel your throat is about to pop out but loving it. Most of the album has the feeling of a night gone right full of euphoric dance rituals and just plain ol fun, nothing that is too flashy or becomes insanely cheesy with all this fluff about Utopian worlds or something out of a Hunter S. Thompson ecstasy induced nightmare. "...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”  -Martyn This album has many sounds that make it come alive ranging from jungle, two-step, house and electronica, it's a well rounded 11 track package that consistently melts into one another as a crisp air dance filled night would. One thing that I couldn't get into too much was the intro "Love and Machines" track spoken by Spaceape, it wasn't horrible but I could probably do without it because personally I can't get with intros that feel like a set-up to a Lawnmower Man trailer. Besides that specific instance everything else shines beautifully and gives you a perfect sense of what Martyn was trying to convey with his sophomore offering. With songs like "Masks", "Ghost People" and "Popgun" I feel like they bring the old into new with familiar sounds and the focus on good music rather than trends or some feature that wouldn't make sense. My top favorites are "Viper", "Horror Vacui" and "We Are You in the Future," these songs are those that either start things poppin or keep the party going and that is exactly what I was anticipating from this album since Martyn has a knack for meshing genres that deal with electronic sounds. It keeps it's focus on good beats, having fun and leaves all that extra crap behind, it's all about the music and not the scene which is rare nowadays so props to the dude for staying true. [vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/29454788[/vimeo] Worth the purchase? Definitely... and it's a refreshing change from the stuff that's out there, the work and focus should be on the music which was showcased fantasticly in "Ghost People" so with ease purchase it and turn "Horror Vacui" up to 10 for me. If you want a listen, check out the stream below the purchase link and be sure to peep the "Viper" video as well.

Purchase: iTunes, Ninja Tunes

Martyn - 'Ghost People' LP Exclusive Stream by Mixmag