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JUSTIN MARTIN By Ralph Moore

GHETTOS & GARDENS
19 July 2012
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Seven years after his first release on Dirtybird in 2005 – and with a slew of ace remixes and productions in between – super-talented San Fran DJ/producer Justin Martin has finally delivered his debut. With an equal emphasis on fun and classic rave credentials, his music joins the dots between timeless, tripped-out d’n’b (there’s a shiversome Opus 3-style remake of Goldie’s ‘Kemistry’ at its heart) to his trademark deep bass. While he probably should have pruned his ‘Gardens’ by a couple of tracks, thanks to the string ’n’ bass-fuelled opener ‘Hood Wink’, the Lykke Li-ish ‘Don’t Go’ and the super-slow marriage of synths ’n’ rave on the title track, these ‘...Gardens’ continually bear fruit.

File under Big fun and big basslines
Download ‘Don’t Go’, ‘Kemistry’, ‘Ruff Stuff’, ‘Ladybug’
Like this? Try ‘Chaos Restored With Justin Martin’ (Buzzin’ Fly)

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