Martinez

“Lonely Crowd”

ETB008 scanZoom inLabelEtruria Beat
Cat. No.ETB008
Format12
Orders fromFri, 06 Jul 2012
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Review

It is a huge pleasure for Etruria Beat to welcome to the family, for the first time on an Italian label, Martin Swanstein, better known as Martinez. The Swedish/Danish is best known for his release on labels such as Moon Harbour, Cadenza, Lomidhigh, Love Letters from Oslo and La Pena. Martinez’s first release, that kick started his carrier in 2000, was his “Laidback Grooves EP” on the notorious Chicago based Deep-House label Guidance Recordings. Since that time he’s been a regular on the worldwide Deep/Tech-House scene. On the A-side we start out with the title track “Lonely Crowd". This track has the signature Martinez, bass driven, hypnotic and percussive house sound, opening with tight percussion over a distinct rolling beat that is soon joined by a heavy 808 kick drum. The groove filters into a more open house beat before a heavy bassline drops in. While the track keeps groovin’ horns and metallic crowd noise rise before the groove crashes back in. “Venomous Advantage” is a more stripped down house affair with a strong connection to the old Chicago tracks of Gemini and Green Velvet. A deep round kick drum and metallic drum’s and hi- hat’s kick things off. Some chopped up voices drop throughout the track and slowly, but steady, deep chords filter into the groove. After the main break a acidic second bassline is introduced. An excellent hypnotic floor builder with lots of hidden treats. On the flip we have “Tenganan". Named after a spiritual city in Bali, Indonesia, where the Aga people lived in their own society for many years, completely cut off from the rest of the world. Martinez was lucky enough to visit the city on one of his recent Asian trips and was able to record the atmospheric sounds of this magical place. These samples lay the back ground to the entire track and are built over slamming percussive drums, underpinned by a driving bassline. The track leads into a peak time break and introduces another layer of voices and sounds, while some well placed sn

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