THE LONELY CROWD
It is a huge pleasure for Etruria Beat to welcome to the family, for the first time on an Italian label, Martin Swanstein, better known as Martinez. The Swedish/Danish is best known for his release on labels such as Moon Harbour, Cadenza, Lomidhigh, Love Letters from Oslo and La Pena. Martinezs first release, that kick started his carrier in 2000, was his “Laidback Grooves EP” on the notorious Chicago based Deep-House label Guidance Recordings.
Since that time hes been a regular on the worldwide Deep/Tech-House scene. On the A-side we start out with the title track “Lonely Crowd”. This track has the signature Martinez, bass driven, hypnotic and percussive house sound, opening with tight percussion over a distinct rolling beat that is soon joined by a heavy 808 kick drum. The groove filters into a more open house beat before a heavy bassline drops in. While the track keeps groovin horns and metallic crowd noise rise before the groove crashes back in. “Venomous Advantage” is a more stripped down house affair with a strong connection to the old Chicago tracks of Gemini and Green Velvet. A deep round kick drum and metallic drums and hi-hats kick things off.
Some chopped up voices drop throughout the track and slowly, but steady, deep chords filter into the groove. After the main break a acidic second bassline is introduced. An excellent hypnotic floor builder with lots of hidden treats. On the flip we have “Tenganan”. Named after a spiritual city in Bali, Indonesia, where the Aga people lived in their own society for many years, completely cut off from the rest of the world. Martinez was lucky enough to visit the city on one of his recent Asian trips and was able to record the atmospheric sounds of this magical place. These samples lay the back ground to the entire track and are built over slamming percussive drums, underpinned by a driving bassline. The track leads into a peak time break and introduces another layer of voices and sounds, while some well placed snare drums lead it to mayhem. “Prism”, is a deep dubby Techno track. Bass headlines the track, blended with deep and groovy percussion.
A bubbly trippy sound filters thru the drums taking the lead and becoming the hook line. A perfect track for the after hour session! A digital bonus track, “Ostinato”, which is the classical music term for a repeated phrase is, as the name suggests, a very hypnotic soundtrack! Firm and swinging house beats, a hypnotic chord and filters create a track that changes with each new 16 bars. Perfect for warm up, peak time or after hour, its your choice!