Review – Roger Martinez is the next artist to feature on Guy J’s imprint

Artist: Roger Martinez
Title: Downriver/Trans
Label: Lost & Found
Catalogue Number: LF021
Release Date: 29/06/2015
Genre: Progressive House

Roger Martinez returns to Lost & Found after previously collaborating with Secret Cinema on the “Menthol Raga EP” in May 2013. The Amsterdam based producer has released music on numerous highly respected labels such Sudbeat, Perspectives Digital, Click Records and more. He returns with the “Downriver/Trans” double header for the latest release from Guy J’s much loved label.

“Downriver” starts with a beautiful ambient intro which sounds like birds chirping in a rainforest. This really sets the tone for the track, a deep hypnotic trip. A gentle and enticing groove carries you along, gradually luring you into a hypnotic state before the bassline fully kicks in after the first breakdown and things really kick off. The chirping and shimmering pads fluctuate throughout the track with subtle synths drifting in and out, all building the rich atmosphere up beautifully. Shamanistic chanting really tops off the feeling in the main breakdown, like you’ve just done a load of mescaline and floated off into the spirit world as the track builds to a climax. A gorgeous, spiritual piece of deep progressive house.

“Trans” is a lovely percussive number. The hypnotic bassline locks you nicely into a groove. Delayed vocal snippets, bright chord stabs and fizzy shots of white noise come in and out giving the track an uplifting feeling right from the start. The arpeggiated synth melodies bubble away in the background, gradually building up to mesmeric peaks as the track progresses, really adding to the feel good vibe. Lovely pads add to the deep melodic texture of the track, building the atmosphere to a peak in the breakdown. Really pretty stuff to complete a high quality release.

A very impressive release from Roger Martinez and another classy addition to the always solid Lost & Found catalogue.

About the Author

A lover of underground electronic music since the '90's. Luke DJ's at clubs and festivals around the UK and also hosts his own radio show, Flux, on Frisky every month.