After well received appearances on Gem Sampler 1 and 2.2, Roger Martinez is back in full effect with his own EP ‘Mainstage’! Roger Martinez has only recently re-focussed his attention towards producing dance music, after spending over a year working on the critically acclaimed and award winning ambient project ‘Horizontal Excursions’. Martinez’ excursion appears to have left a lasting impression on his approach to music production. ‘Mainstage EP’ as a result, sounds like it might have been created in another dimension for use on Earth’s dancefloors! The title track ‘Mainstage’ provides a big room techno sound at first glance, but huge reverbs and filtered delays give the track a darker, dubbier feel than others in its genre. As the track builds up, Native South American chants are introduced and tension is built up, giving the track a ritualistic vibe. Next up is ‘House Music’ with an appearance by CeCe Rogers, best known for his collaboration with Marshall Jefferson on their 1987 classic hit record ‘Someday’. On ‘House Music’, a warm and wobbly background synth forms the base of the track. Layer upon layer of percussion, claps, hihats and effects repeating monotonousely are piled up, interrupted by the occasional screeching saw tooth and CeCe Rogers’ surreal vocals. 7,5 minutes in space! The EP finishes off with ‘Launch Pad’ which, with its funky bouncy bass line, bears the greatest resemblance to music as we know it. Techey, edgey, fresh and a definite Gem!
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