The rumors had been swirling, the anticipation building since the release of Justin Martin’s debut album, Ghettos & Gardens. Finally, the first batch of remixes is here in a star-studded package that stretches genre lines even more than the ambitious LP. Dusky, Catz ‘n Dogz, Danny Daze, French Fries, Ardalan, and Bachelors Of Science have all jumped on board to make sure that Mr. Martin’s roots keep a firm hold on dancefloors through the end of the year.
Arguably the anthem of Ghettos & Gardens, Don’t Go, is first up to be remixed by the versatile London-based duo known as Dusky. The angelic hook drops into a take-no-prisoners garage bassline that’s quickly making Dusky a household name; it’s a silly, bouncy affair that doesn’t let up throughout. Speaking of bouncy, Catz ‘n Dogz go all ghetto-booty dirtybird swing on Butterflies before my favorite of the bunch, Danny Daze’s take on The Gurner. The sultry collaboration between Martin and Pillowtalk was my number one choice on the LP, and the remix keeps the trend going with tension-building stuttered vocals, spacey synths and a massive low-end groove. This one’s a serious daytime bomb.
Ready to get weird with the next three? Molokini gets the French Fries bass treatment in what sounds like trap music after two 40s and a spliff, dizzier and dizzier with every kick. Ardalan then turns up the LFO on his Lisa In The Sky remix of trigger-happy Riding Spaceships; judging by the title this was definitely the sound of someone’s funky trip. Finally we close out the deal with a solid drum & bass remix of the album’s title track. I’m a sucker for a well-placed D&B track, and the super-low stylings on Ghettos & Gardens are reworked oh so nicely by the Bachelors Of Science into a 140bpm smasher. Pick up the first collection of remixes on Beatport and stay hyped for Volume 2.