Extended Family 24: Mixtape for Eugene Robinson
Gil Scott-Heron - Washington DC
Pharoah Sanders - Thembi
Juju, a message from Mozambique - Nairobi/chants
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Celestial Bliss
Charles Rouse - Hopscotch
Joe Chambers - Catta
Norman Connors - Morning Change
The Last Poets - True Blues
Charles Tolliver - Earls World
Leon Thomas - Echoes
John Coltrane - Spiritual
Stanley Cowell - Today, What a Beautiful Day
Lonnie Liston Smith - Said (Egypt)
Roy Brooks & the Artistic Truth - Black Survival pt 1
Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra - Song for Che (part)
H. Rap Brown - Do Your Own Thing (speech)
Gary Bartz - Teheran
Martyn (real name Martijn Deijkers) runs critically acclaimed label 3024, produces solo productions as well as being 1/2 of Doms & Deykers (along side Steffi Doms), holds a club residency at Panorama Bar (Berlin), Goodroom (NYC), Make It New (Cambridge/Boston) as well as hosting a monthly radio show on NTS channel 2 called LAYOVERS. He has produced a staggeringly prolific catalog including but not limited to 5 LPs (3 Solos, 1 with Steffi and 1 with Virginia), 32 EPs and Singles, upwards of 60 remixes, with appearances on 32 compilations.
The internet allows him the benefit of staying connected to his home in the Netherlands as well as the music scenes of Europe, New York and DC while enjoying the idyllic privacy of the northern Virginia suburbs. Last year he shocked and delighted attendants of Roam (run by Extended Family members Sami, DJ Lisa Frank, and Chris Nitti) with a surprise DJ set at the legendary Glorious Men's Health Club and described the experience as reminiscent of a European club - where the vibe is "a little more spontaneous and off the cuff, people can be who they want to be, don't have to worry about what others think of them... I like that... That's why I play music in the first place."
Although he lives just outside the city limits, DC is lucky to live so close to Martyn's artistic vision. He flexes between genres of dubstep and techno and bass with not only comfort but curiosity and dedicated experimentation. His respect for the idea that musical discovery is a personal and intimate journey is evident - one he describes for himself as a "hunger for new influences that will never stop."
Martyn makes a note to describe how parenting and building a family has changed his way of digesting and producing music and art. Interestingly enough, he points to his 2 year old daughter as a source for a change in the way that he perceives time. He elaborates, "You realize small actions can go for a long way, [you] become more aware of what affects your behaviors have on people and you become a little more considerate...I look back at my discography and think about what I would like to make it better, and give it more depth, rather than just making the same tune over and over again."
Martyn's Mixtape for Eugene Robinson collages some of his favorite jazz records for Extended Family's 25th installment, offering an energy that he doesn't always find an outlet to explore. Expect sick melodic flourishes and sanguine chord voicings in this mix dedicated to Washington Post political columnist and TV personality Eugene Robinson, a symbol of Martyn's earliest impressions of Washington DC.