Ghettos & Gardens
Released: May 2012
Nine years after his debut single, "The Sad Piano," introduced Justin Martin's name to the worldwide house-music community, the San Francisco producer finally puts his name to a full-length LP. He sticks largely to the bouncy brand of house that he's perfected on numerous records for Dirtybird, balancing sumptuous hooks with jacking drums, hints of breakbeat and deep-diving bass lines reminiscent of golden-era drum 'n' bass. It's the rare "dance" LP that sounds as good at home as it does in the club; it arrives just in time for backyard BBQ season.