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Martinez FX

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
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Are you ready for a wild dance record for 2010 & beyond? If you answered yes, then Martinez FX is your guy. Techno & electro are displayed in flying colors on this new album. You�re also getting doses of alternative, electro-rock and shoegaze. Overall, Martinez FX has put together groupings of sound that are both hip and out there.

The alternative comes in play due in part to FX�s trippy rock vocal style. This artist also exhibits some dark layers within his tone as he sings. The whole vocal performance is a bit mysterious-sounding as he introduces to you his own brand of out-of-the-ordinary singing. It�s stated perfectly on track four, �Dos Espadas�, where a digital voice over emphasizes the fact that this is a �full spectrum of the bizarre�. Additionally, FX spent years in Barcelona and Miami where he was able to pick up on the Spanish cultures first hand. In turn, he has incorporated those experiences into his own music where some of the song titles and lyrics are written in the Spanish language. Martinez FX is definitely crossing musical boundaries as he attempts to revolutionize dance music.

One aspect that I absolutely loved the most about this record was simply the use of audio. You experience off-the-hook electronic effects that will just blow your mind & ears! I�d like to refer to this album as an explosion of sound on wax. I�m picking up on monster bass, cool beats that are mixed nicely and solid drum beat effects. I would call this entire CD industrialized dance music that has a new age appeal. You�re getting an all-out digitally-enhanced assault of sound coming from writer, producer & performer, Martinez FX. The multi-dimensional artist says it best during track seven, �The Experience�, when he stresses that this is an �electronic revolution I created in my head�.

In the end, I feel this is a record and a musician that people will either love or will hate. One might think that this style of music is genius and/or innovative while someone else might figure that this whole idea & approach is too weird for words and/or listen. Either way, Martinez FX is making a bold & loud statement with this album and I give him props for following through with his vision. Artistically & musically, this disc has a ton to offer but from a vocal standpoint I, myself, was not fully in tune with FX. The skills are there and the talent is evident, so I expect Martinez FX to make a big name for himself in this music business. For more on this electro dance craze phenomenon, SKOPE out www.myspace.com/martinezfx.

By Jimmy Rae (jrae@skopemag.com) - Jimmy Rae


Discography

Heathens EP(with remixes) November, 2009
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Martinez FX (Digital album and CD) April, 2010
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Jesus Martinez is a global citizen whose debut bridges cultures and influences to create a dance record for the 21st century. This is the sound of the new global culture – the audible evidence of the melting pot. Our world may be getting smaller and smaller but the music keeps getting bigger and bigger ….I.D.M., Drum and Bass, Shoegaze, and Indie Rock – all present, all subtly coloring each track, all lending themselves to a fresh take on dance music. Martinez FX’s debut brilliantly captures different cultures and influences but the whole is incredibly personal. This is art, the world seen through a lens of individual human experience, created from passion and need. In the artists words:

“This is an album I had been creating in my head for years and this past winter I finally felt it was the right time to make. Martinez FX is me going for the passion I have had for techno, electro, minimal techno and all the dance music...music that I love to hear on the dance floor and have been very influenced by.”

Raised in Miami and New York, Martinez FX bounces from continent to continent, soaking in the music and energy of Barcelona, Berlin, Miami and New York City. Years spent in Barcelona and Miami led to the expression of some of his lyrics on the album in Spanish, further breaking stereotypes in the dance genre. His years with electro-rock and shoegaze groups show as he weaves together influences as disparate as Richie Hawtin’s minimalism and fuzz drenched textures from My Bloody Valentine with dark atmospheres and pounding samples. To further achieve a more organic and less sterile sound Martinez had the album mixed by Alap “Oktopus” Momin from the alternative hip-hop duo Dalek (Ipecac Records) giving the album a rock vibe. With this debut, Martinez FX establishes himself as a pioneer in Dance music, energetically destroying boundaries between genres. Martinez describes the musical experience of Martinez FX best:

“We’re all tripping on sounds together. There are no rules”