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Martijn Deijkers’ particular strand of bass defies genres or adjectives – to his fans and admirers, it’s known simply as ‘Martyn Music.’ With a sound that became a cornerstone for dubstep in 2009, and a debut album (“Great Lengths”) that became one of the most stylistically fierce long players the scene has produced to date, Martyn pushes a rebellious, out-of-the-box mentality into his every artistic venture.

No matter how you might classify the music that he is producing, Martijn is keen to avoid pigeonholing his own material. “I always like to think my stuff is ‘music for a warm but rainy day’. You know, low frequencies do something to your muscles when you listen to them. There have been studies of low frequencies contracting your muscles, and because they contract certain muscles you have the urge to move, you know, to get rid of that itchy feeling in your arms and legs. So that would be a reason to dance. I grew up in Eindhoven, and lived in Rotterdam for five years, both cities are techno and drum & bass strongholds in Holland, so I am quite sure this has influenced me. Especially Eindhoven, which back in the day had ties with many Chicago and Detroit artists through labels such as Djax and Eevolute, and various clubs and DJs in the city. So, in the early 90s / mid 90s I saw many of those people play and bought their records. I think what makes music interesting is when an artist incorporates his / her influences and translates them into a unique sounding style”, he explains. “Although it might sound a tad arrogant, I’d like to think of my music as ‘Martyn music’. I try not to think of it as dubstep or techno, or house or drum & bass – it’s not about genres, it’s about music. This way I feel more freedom to make the music I want to make. If you make music and it sparks something, if it triggers a certain emotion, or even the motivation to get out there and express yourself in whichever way … that is just great. The position that I find myself in, both literally and mentally on the outskirts of the “scenes” has done me good. Does that make sense?”

Commanding dancefloors with a strong sense of timing and attitude, his music revels in its relative simplicity – synth lines lounging atop swung drum patterns, all in turn massaged by warm low frequencies – a trait he’s reinforced with “fabric 50”, his first mix CD to date.

Martyn Top 10 April 2010:

01. Altered Natives – Crop Duster (3024)
02. Ikonika – They’re All Losing The War (Hyperdub)
03. Kid Majesty – Thats Y (Ill Friction)
04. Marcel Dettmann – Dettmann LP (Ostgut Ton)
05. Velour – She Wore Velour (-)
06. Illum Sphere – Titan (3024)
07. Caribou – Kaili (-)
08. Martyn – Miniluv (Ostgut Ton)
09. S. Chu – Quick Foot (DVA Records)
10. The Hundred In The Hands – Dressed in Dresden (Warp Records)

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