Justin Martin is no stranger to experimentation. Like the rest of the dirtybird crew, his sounds are unique to say the least–a dizzying blend of beautiful melodies, funked up 808s, and otherworldly sound effects. It’s fitting that Justin’s debut album be named Ghettos & Gardens, as it’s full schizophrenic styles that somehow work together in perfect harmony.
It’s taken many years, but Justin’s musical vision has finally been realized on Ghettos & Gardens. He’s taken the standard 4/4 and turned it on its head, introducing a complexity rarely seen in house music today. Chilling strings and harps are Justin’s forte, flowers sprouting in the mind as each track evolves. The smooth flows are punctuated by dirty yet intelligent bass lines, a cross between hip hop and dub that serves to destroy dancefloors. Don’t Go’s heavenly vocals and moving beat, Molokini’s gradual groove evolution, and The Gurner’s sinister ‘get up’ partnered with the always-smooth PillowTalk are stand-outs, but really the entire album is a highlight, an innovative journey. It is amazing to see the myriad of fresh music that has come out of the electronic explosion, and this is as fresh as it gets. To listen to more tracks, check out our previously published album preview.