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Justin Martin

Guettos & gardens remixes vol.1

Only the freshest sounds straight from San Francisco, dirtybird Records has made a substantial claim in what today’s electronic imprints offer. With tastes very much the opposite of the current EMD craze hitting America, dirtybird has reached a level of notoriety from its fusion of releases and artists ranging from sounds like Drum and Bass to more bass heavy House and Garage inspired tunes that give the traditional Bristol sound some U.S. flair.  Next to artists like Worthy, Shadow Child, and A1 Bassline, the imprint continues its modern twist on dance music with Justin Martin’s album Ghettos & Gardens, recently available on all fine retailers. Now Justin has hand selected some of his favorite artists to remix his singles from the LP.  What is left is nothing short of that dirtybird in the Park feeling as bass stomping and fat low-end versions from relevant acts drop another pin in California to mark a location of some seriously proper beats.

First up to deliver is a name that has seen some serious recognition over the past year. Dusky’s Ibiza season for 2012 was one that saw them playing consistently at attractive parties all over the island, which has lead to an infinite amount of class A productions and signings as well as the ever coveted Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1. Their deep and bassy sound resonates through Martin’s Don’t Go as it pumps low bass frequencies and storms throughout catchy vocals and funky percussive loops. Next up Miami’s own Danny Daze brings a more acid flair to Martin’s collaborative banger with Pillow Talk on Gurner. Sophisticated groove and effortless cool create an elaborate setting of playful vocal samples over a bed of warm strings before dropping again into an acid bath.

One for the dancefloor, the Catz n’ Dogz duo bring a punch to Butterflies as its flawless groove generates pleasant rises giving way to flowing bass beat groove. On to more dubby and hip hop inspired tastes that is the other side of the imprint, French Fries gives Molokini an abstract flair of double kick meatiness with an overall feel of ambient and dubbed out bass music.  Riding the more Drum and Bass centered wave is first the liquid Lisa in the Sky Remix of Riding Spaceships by Ardalan. Next to the closing mix by Bacholers of Science, which is completely done right in elegant Drum and Bass flair that has kept the genre alive and inspiring acts for years since its underground origins. Nothing short of surprising dips and left turns, Von Stroke’s dirtybird imprint is unfathomably driving a movement in electronic music that has allow it to be mainstay for forward thinking and impressionable productions.