Fabric 50: Martyn review

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  1. BeyondTherapy

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    Fabric 50: Martyn review

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    London's Fabric nightclub is no stranger to the backyard grown underground sounds of the dubstep movement. With dubstep acts now touting Room1 billings and after the success of Rusko & Caspa's Fabriclive disc from late 2007 as well as the introduction of the new Elevator Music CD series, the club decided to call upon Dutch producer Martyn for their fiftieth Fabric mix CD installment.

    Martyn's music has always been impossible to pigeonhole. Seamlessly weaving together the sounds of dub, Detroit techno, funky, wonky, and influences from all over the world into what can be aptly described as 'martynmusic'. As people continue to seek out definitions and genre labels for what exactly it is they're listening to, Martyn continues to stay one step ahead of their ability to lump his music into a pre-existing category.

    If the tracklist alone is any indication, 2010 is going to be an incredibly exciting year for music. It serves as a look into the future at the endless possibilities that can exist when producers continue to push the boundaries and break through the constraints of genre definitions.

    Fabric50 has a little something for everyone without being eclectic solely for the sake of being eclectic. Right from the very start it catches your attention with the sounds of Hudson Mohawke's 'Joy Fantastic' a tune that could have come straight off an Outkast album from the year 3000. Throughout the mix you'll find hypnotically percussive Funky House from Uncle Bakongo and Roska; some club Autonomic vibes from D-Bridge, Hyperdubbin' lovin' from Kode9 and Cooly G, with little hints of Zomby sprinkled here and there for good measure. Standout tracks include Kode9's 'Oozi' continuing in the vein of his last 12" on Hyperdub 'Black Sun/2 Far Gone', Ben Klock's outstanding remix of the Martyn & Spaceape collab 'Is This Insanity?' and the enchanting illusory sounds of 'Lost on Tenori Street' by Maddslinky (Zed Bias).

    As amazing as the track selection is, these tunes would feel disjointed were it not for the execution of Martyn's mixing. Shifting genres and BPMs live in the mix, it retains an organic and human element as opposed to something artificially cooked up and excessively tweaked in a computer program. Fabric50 throws as much new music at you as possible without ever losing the standard cohesion found in all of Martyn's mixes. Be sure to grab this one when it drops in all of the usual outlets January 11th.

     
  2. Urban Needs

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    Will be a big mix, martyn kills it, caught him in berlin not too long ago. nice to see a joy orbison bit on there too