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Justin Martin | Ghettos & Gardens

American DJ/Producer from San Francisco, Justin Martin first showed up in 2003 playing The Sad Piano released on Ben Watt’s Buzzin’ Fly label. The single appeared on high life DJ material knitted by Derrick Carter and Pete Tong, also popping on the englishman’s Buzz chart and being dubbed “single of the week” by Update magazine (UK).

Ghettos & Gardens EP sounds ruff and beautiful, combining heavy vibes with easy notes, Justin manifests his unique style with a string of stunning singles. Hood Rich and Ruff Stuff sound like Justin’s usual play, definitely disturbing most parties this summer. Don’t Go is a neat, two-step-esque track with a shrilling female voice, while Butterflies is focused more on strings and chords. Pillow Talk drops in the EP with The Gurner, a collaboration between the two San Fran denizens, turning from deep grooves into melody the track is surely one of the album’s best sounds. Kemistry by Goldie is remade by Justin Martin, pushing off the emotion and depth of the original and throwing on a heavy bassline.

“I’m always trying to find music for my DJ sets that rattles sound systems, but still has enough melody and interesting texture to expand your mind even if you’re sitting at home on a snowy or rainy day.”

01. Hood Rich
02. Don't Go
03. Ghettos & Garden
04. Butterflies
05. Goldie - Kemistry (Justin Martin remake)
06. French Kisses
07. Ruff Stuff
08. Molokini
09. Lezgo VIP (Justin Martin vs. Ardalan)
10. The Gurner (Justin Martin vs. Pillow Talk)
11. Night Calling
12. Riding Spaceships (Justin Martin vs. Leroy Peppers)
13. Ladybug