MartyParty- Blueberry Kush EP
Written by Samantha McCallum
January 29, 2011 4:35 pm
Sometimes, the trouble with a review is that it usually comes from one person. So here at Maxumi we’ve decided to start involving multiple people in reviews of singles, tracks, EPs and albums. So you don’t just get one opinion, you get at least two. And here’s the first, MartyParty Blueberry Krush EP.
As dance music discovers unusual twists and turns, a 6 track E.P is released consisting of dubstep blended in with experimental. The futuristic feel of the E.P. could be mistaken for being recorded in the depths of outer space. There is consistent use of digital synths bleeping in time to rhythm, monotone basslines and loud percussion. It’s also made for chilling out as well as clubbing. Dubstep is renowned for it’s filth, grime and earth shattering bass. MartyParty’s calm and cleaner approach demonstrates that unexpected twists keeps the music alive.
Dubstep has come a long way since congealing in the darkest basements of Croydon in the early noughties. Hailing from New York City, MartyParty has a far more polished take on the genre, infusing his beats with those techy sparks and shimmers we’ve come to expect from contemporary R‘n’B.
The latest from our colour purple-fixated producer, Blueberry Kusk EP takes off some of the weight we’d associate with traditional grimy London dubstep and blows upon the glowing embers so they crackle and sparkle.
“Playa Carmen” is glacial and melodic dubstep, while in “Crackberry” bendy industrial sounds play over a rumbling bassline. Perhaps the best example of his sound, the playful cut “Shorty” takes chopped up vocal samples and fuses them with a grinding, wobbly beat.
Although the work on this EP is clean, it feels disappointingly so at times. Dubstep has come a long way. Here it’s easy to forget it was in fact borne of grime.