The pioneering producer at the intersection of bass music and techno opens his archives for a new album of rediscovered music.
Martyn was right at the heart of the action when dubstep exploded ten years ago. Along with visionary producers like Peverelist, Shackleton and Appleblim, the Eindhoven-born DJ and producer built on the foundations laid by bass pioneers like Digital Mystikz, pushing the Croydon-forged sound into new territories by bringing in elements from techno, house, drum & bass and broken beat. After showcasing his genre-fluid vision on his 2009 debut album, Great Lengths – a rare album-length classic from the period – Martyn went on to become one of the most respected DJs and technically proficient producers in the game. His fourth album due on Ninja Tune in 2018, but ahead of that he’s just released GL Outtakes, an album of rediscovered music rescued from his dubstep-era archives. Stripped down and driving, these tracks carry all the expected bassweight but contain a dancefloor firepower that feels totally fresh, even a decade later. On this week’s Top Flight, Martyn tells Chal Ravens why it was time to dig out his old drives.