His King Midas Sound project, which features vocalists Kiki Hitomi and Roger Robinson, shows the dichotomy Martin creates between his recorded music and his live shows. 2009's Waiting For You..., the group' first album, was a gorgeous blend of soul and dub that gently smoldered; the live show connected to the record, meanwhile, was a thrilling barrage of noise and low-end. The group returned earlier this year armed with a concept: they planned to release four albums, each in collaboration with a guest musician, beginning with the esteemed Austrian artist Fennesz. Edition 1 took the group's sound to an alien place, a dense environment based on drifting vocals and kaleidoscopic soundscapes. As the group began to perform live across Europe this autumn, the record's latent force was inevitably brought to bear.
For their RA Session, we set up at Bloc's venue in East London to give Martin and co the sonic headroom they'd need to let loose. They laid down a potent three-track set that captures the King Midas Sound experience, from apocalyptic torch songs to portentous drones and back again.