German wünderproducer Martsman unleashes more of his distinctive glitch-step d&b, having clobbered dancefloors and radio stations earlier this year with his debut Med School single “8-Bit Bouncer” b/w “Halow”. Martsman lays down the gauntlet with some truly inspiring and original music for those bored of formulaic beats and tired d&b clichés.
Priding himself on releasing machine music, this particular Martsman creation draws power from the sounds of “Trueschool Drumkit Wonder”. The system is initiated by shuffling percussion and a lead straight out of the bleep-techno scene. The program then launches into a digi-fuelled roll-out complete with gear-grinding bass and engineered beats.
Flipside “Sir Gordon Jumpmeister III” opens with a crunchy digital pulse and quivering filtered pads before plasticising into a squelching hybrid step-off, containing all the robotic nuances we’ve come to expect from a Martsman piece. Such is the genius of this track, it can be simultaneously perceived as a half-tempo stomper or a full on d&b rinse out.
MP3 enthusiasts are rewarded with two bonus tracks. “Apathetic Robot Squad” and “Assemblyp” are two more left-of-centre cuts ideally suited for digital consumption – available exclusively as downloads. Martsman draws from a diverse palette of drum sounds, chopped up and laid over a monumental detuned sub.
Martsman has carved out an impressive profile as DJ/producer in a short period of time owing to an uncompromising amalgamation of technical proficiency and unique creative flair. He has won admiration right across the musical spectrum, cemented by massive praise from leading champions of electronic music and a whole host of other supporters.