A respected drum & bass artist looks to garage and deep house on this excellent EP.
Break That, his latest release for Craig Richards' label, The Nothing Special, features one of the better deep house tracks I've heard this year. It's dead simple. There's a slow and heavy beat. Some string stabs and jazzy adornments. A bass guitar funks up the low-end. And it's dripping with feeling. Depending how you look at it, "Break That" is either a garage or a proto-dubstep cut. Its bassline, in particular, has some Croydon attitude, but the drums maintain an air of sophisticated restraint. Skipping ahead a couple years on the continuum, "Wassold" and "Diamond Dub" are lights-low dubstep tracks. Both are strong but "Diamond Dub" is more more dynamic: it features a wobbly-but-refined LFO bassline, dub delays and plenty of movement in the drums. It's a nice example of how Martin is not only replicating the best of the genres he's working with, but doing it with flair.