Ghost People — Martyn — W.A.C.#4

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Ghost People

My thoughts

Knowing the distaste some people have for electronic dance music, I was rather pleased that Ghost People classes as dubstep. I make this statement because the name of the genre alone tends to gather the group of purists eagerly in and blasts the non-fans a country mile away. By this I mean, you might be grimacing reading my review of techno, but you’ve fled for dubstep.

We’ve moved on a bit since my Benga review in Week 2; Martyn’s sound is more ambient and by-the-numbers than Diary of an Afro Warrior, which seemed like it would be able to persuade a crowd to do anything it wanted. Certainly, it’s less visceral, less deep but it’s more broad, mixing a heck of a lot of techno sounds in there.

Viper, the first main track, opts for its heavy bass line and by rights I should be telling you it’s a set up for what’s to come, I say that a lot… but it isn’t. What starts here dissolves into a completely different sound on the next track, Masks, and it feels you’ve hopped a time-warp back a few years… “ah… there’s the dubstep…” subtle at first but soon it’s painting the track.

We continue in this vibe with Distortions, another techno based track that to be honest is just easy listening – it’s one of those late night club numbers that keep people on the dance floor in a nice tempered way. Yes it doesn’t change much but, as I said in previous reviews, you have to exam when a track is to be used and it fully serves its purpose. Popgun on the other end really takes the deeper side, with a pulsing dubstep bass that achieves more of the same. I’d almost partner the two tracks together just to see how club music really moves into the visceral moving sound that keeps people there for hours.

The titular track has a lovely little vibe that just continues a flowing trend and herein lies our takeaway. This is functional club music and its good stuff too. If you’re here to find the musical devices that show a level of astonishing insight, you will be out of luck. If you are here for functional, precise and well produced music, this is the place for you. But… how do I win you over by saying its unastonishing and functional? We’ll get back to that…

Bauplan is a winner to me, with it’s strong, defined bass and really very pretty mix of sounds. Probably one of the tracks to recommend this album. It doesn’t have a whacking great drop or an overly surprising sound at this stage but it just works. That’s it, it keeps working.

The final track, We Are You In The Future does pull out a few more stops and actually gets things moving a bit more. I know it’s the closer but it earns the place well. If you’re going to listen to one track and are a fan of this sound, this the track for you. It’s darker, more pulsing and just an all round real club number. These are tracks to mix in to enrich your library and any DJ will have bags to work with in this set.

So there’s the conclusion, this is dance music that you can really do anything with, its a collection of tracks you can mix or that stand well in their own right.

Is this album for you?

Honestly, if this electronic dance music isn’t your thing, this album is not here to convert you but it really is a well made, sharp and great album to listen to. I would definitely say give it a listen if you are into anything similar in sound. This will be a good one to stick in your library.

Scores

  • Writing: 8.5/10
  • Performance: 6.5/10 (a bit of variety lacking)
  • Style: 8/10

 

 

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