Martyn: Ghost People LP (Brainfeeder)I bought Martyn's debut album 'Great Lengths' at the time of its release cos I felt I had to. Bass music's man of the moment, string of quality 12"s under his belt, impeccable credentials, friend to the innovators and future-thinkers of the genre, reviews bursting with superlatives. I didn't mind the 12"s, especially that one on Apple Pips and his 3024 label is pretty nifty at times.
So was disappointed to find the album underwhelming, a bit of a chore to get through. Despite some decent moments - the step'n shuffle of 'Seventy Four', the dub undertow of 'Little Things' - it all felt a bit too controlled and restrictive. Over polished and lacking in danger and sex. But his new album for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label, 'Ghost People' is much quirkier and better, so I recommend that instead.