Annie Mac – “I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Justin Martin is an incredible producer!!”
‘Ghettos & Gardens’ is the long awaited debut album by one of the most original and talented electronic music producers of our time, San Francisco based, ‘Dirtybird’ label artist DJ/Producer Justin Martin. Sounding like nothing else out there, encapsulating melody and emotional depth with undeniable ass shaking appeal, ‘Ghettos & Gardens’ blurs the lines between musical genres in a fun loving ‘melodic and tough’ street style. Showcasing exactly why Justin Martin is one of the strongest flag bearers for Claude VonStroke’s exceptional ‘Dirtybird’ label. ‘Ghettos & Gardens’ is exactly as advertised – a tender and tough collection of songs that build you up with sweeping strings, then break you down with earth shattering basslines. It’s sunsets vs. cyclones, roses vs. razors, and bunny rabbits vs. wolverines.
Maybe it’s the streets of San Francisco that made his music this way – a place where you can see a beautiful woman and a crippled homeless addict on the same city block. Maybe it’s the juxtaposition of the famous dirtybird Golden Gate park parties, where Justin’s loving parents make tacos and chop fresh salsa while total freaks lose their minds in front of the massive sound system. Not a whole lot of producers are just as influenced by E40 as they are by LTJ Bukem, and even fewer of them played the jazz saxophone in high school.
Whatever is going on, most people would say that Justin is one of the most charismatic likable DJs to walk the earth. In this album Justin demonstrates his unique ability to blur the lines between musical genres, taking us through beautiful melodies, UK basslines, moody funk and devastating drops. You can hear the meticulous production techniques in every track – from the slow Hip-Hop style of ‘Hood Rich’ to the heavy duty low-end of ‘Molokini.’ The whole thing is fresh and uplifting like the smell of ozone after a lightning strike. Ghettos & Gardens sounds like nothing else out there – it could not have come from anyone but Justin Martin. Such originality is a formidable achievement, and adds to Justin’s reputation as one of the most talented and exciting electronic music producers of our time.
1. Hood Rich
2. Don’t Go
3. Ghettos & Gardens
5. Goldie – Kemistry (Justin Martin Remake)
6. French Kisses
7. Ruff Stuff
9. Lezgo VIP (Justin Martin vs. Ardalan)
10. The Gurner (Justin Martin vs. PillowTalk)
11. Night Calling
12. Riding Spaceships (Justin Martin vs. Leroy Peppers)
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