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Justin Martin Chaos Restored with Justin Martin

  • Words: Rachel Shimp
  • Label: Buzzin’ Fly
  • XLR8R Rating: 8/10

“Ghetto Train”’s got it going on, but you don’t need Martin’s debut mix of funky, jacking house to hear his track, which is sharper than much of what surrounds it here. Martin, along with Claude VonStroke, is currently making Frisco capital-F fabulous with his ability to both suss out dancefloor-igniting tracks and create his own. So why does Chaos Restored only intermittently go bananas? The “Train” rolls in around the 15-minute mark, dragging some serious weight (Spincycle, Jimpster’s remix of Motorcitysoul’s “Aura”), but loses a bit of steam, despite both men (the narrator on Martin Landsky’s “Let Me Dance”) and congas coaxing you on. The tempo seldom changes–until Martin’s “Stoopit Crunk-Ill Hyphy Mix” of Worthy’s “Crack-El” arrives, blips and bleeps flaring out over a backdrop of finger snaps. Now that’s unusual. Martin might’ve switched it up more throughout, but Chaos is still fairly beautiful in theory.

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