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Martinez – The Paradigm Shift review

Danish minimalist Martinez is already an integral part of Leipzig’s Moon Harbour imprint. Having already released three EPs for the label, including his 2008 debut, “Momomowha” and recent hit, “Cheesecake,” the talented producer has become an important label ambassador at live dates across the world. Added to that is his co-production with label boss, Matthias Tanzmann and the picture is very clear – Martinez has established himself as a vital artist on the Moon Harbour roster. Now, he delivers his first LP for the imprint, his third album overall.

The aptly titled Paradigm Shift sees Martinez assimilate an abundance of deep house references into his usual palette of minimal and techno. Adding to his passion for deep Chicago house, he mixes the record up with influences of techno, breakbeat and dubby downtempo as heavy percussive rhythms lay throughout. This diversity gives the record a more human feeling than either of his two previous albums. It deftly balances the disciples of home listening and club oriented rhythms whilst detracting from neither style. Combining strong elements of dance production with jazzy chords, swung percussion and re-arranged vocal snippets, the record has a vintage sheen but with all the thrilling trappings of a cutting-edge, modern day production. What is truly amazing about The Paradigm shift though is that he manages to amalgamate all these conflicting influences into an album that maintains such an organic feel throughout. Alongside lush moments of deepness such as the inimitable “Lavender Mist” and polished “Maresias,” Martinez treats us to the warm and contented sounds of “Gourmet.” Intertwining the record with bursts of funk laden electronics, such as “Solaris,” “Kamino” and “Mr Decocco,” Martinez is also explosive at all the right times. “Damaged Color” with its slinky, dirty, low bass and the driving beat of “Williamsburg” both point to a more club focused angle, giving the record yet more amiable balance.

Review: Tom Jones