Martyn had a lot to live up to for his debut 'Great Lengths', but nobody anticipated that it would be one of the defining albums of 2009, and with the mind-blowingly funky 'Vancouver' he'd created one of the classic dance tracks of the last decade. So with 'Ghost People', the anticipation is only going to be higher.
Martyn's sound has always felt so effortlessly funky, and 'Ghost People' is no exception, for the most part. The new album sounds leaner and is clearly aimed more at the dancefloor than his debut. 'Love and machine' sees The Spaceape introduce us to Martyns brand of future funk, the jabbing 'Viper' shoehorns us into his groove. 'Masks' reveals the albums true colours, a brilliantly simple tech-house number that has 'good times' written all over it. 'Distortions' and the best of the bunch 'Popgun' continue the 4/4 house groove, with a dash of hardcore breakbeat thrown in.
But after 'Ghost people', the albums falls away quite sharply, 'Twice as' and 'Bauplan' slow things down and just isn't interesting. "Horror vacui' sees Martyn back into detroit techno, but the ending 'We are you in the future' sounds dated.
'Ghost people' sounds less a personal journey and more like Martyn just having a good time, but he's lost some of the unique qualities which made 'Great Lengths' special. 'Ghost people' is great for the first 25 minutes but quickly loses its way, Martyns effortless sound is still intact but i was disappointed there wasn't more invention from him.