A true journeyman in electronic music, Martyn goes way back. With two decades under his belt as a student, producer, and purveyor of electronica, Dutch-born Martijn Deijkers has put in time exploring the boundaries of sound. This futurist recently to hit the renowned Ostgut Ton catalog with his fourth studio album 'Voids'. A blend of garage, breaks, and techno, it's clear that Deijkers has a dub-heavy studio history. Starting and finishing with a title track, the 9 part album is raw Martyn without a single feature. As Voids hit the racks earlier this month, the NTS radio and Berghain resident evolves from successful producer to a timeless musician connecting past and future.
With a label of his own plus a catalog of notable releases, the Martyn discography was just below the surface as a fresh reminder of the late 90s. Respected by tastemakers, his solo productions appear on Ostgut Ton, Dolly, Hyperdub, Brainfeeder, Ninja Tune, Warp and his own 3024 label. Voids combines this rich history. A highly personal take on forging new paths forward in genres where the Berghain/Panorama Bar resident has long been known for his production wizardry and innovation
Just a year ago Deijkers suffered a massive, Voids is the sound of his rebirth, a rough one at that. Blending a deep mix of unique synths, it's clear that time was spent crafting each track to fit the story. Laced with various flavors of breaks-influenced percussion, each track (aside from the keys solo in Try To Love You) fits a refreshingly familiar dance floor mold.
The LP is roughly split between post-dubstep and UK garage, recontextualized with elements of Nyabinghi, drum ‘n‘ bass, and gqom to form snarling, bass-driven hybrids. The direction was hinted at last November on his ‘GL Outtakes’ – reworks of his landmark 2009 album ‘Great Lengths’. In contrast however, Voids is also an attempt to work through personal trauma and loss, including recovering from a heart attack and dealing with the passing of close friend and fellow producer Marcus Intalex aka Trevino, to whom the track “Manchester” is dedicated.
This seminal Osgut release shows the label's diverse crew of friends across the globe. Yet another intricate take on electronic history paired with futuristic production, the Berlin brand is as innovative as it is exclusive.
A1. Voids One
A3. Mind Rain
C1. Try To Love You
C2. Cutting Tone
D1. World Gate
D2. Voids Two