Published: November 28, 2012
By: Charlotte Horton
From the first few beats of MVP’s intro, it’s clear that the South African-born Brooklyn native, Martin Folb (or MartyParty), went for a grimy, bass-filled, yet sensually slow tempo for his latest solo album. The album is described as a panty-dropping, sixteen-track concept collection of the “Purple Trap” genre.
MartyParty’s MVP collection is a rollercoaster of sultry purple bass, engine-revving dubstep, and dramatic peaks of instrumental hip-hop, downtempo, acid trap, glitch-hop, and chill.Together they compile 16 intricately produced songs, designed to be listened to from beginning to end. The album has a flow, easing from one track to the next, seamlessly. The sound may be dirty and repetitive at times, but the album as a whole works well together. As an artist who claims his music doesn’t fit the spectrum of any specific genre, MartyParty is able to define this mash-up of sounds as his own.
"I've always composed club music with an instrumental hip hop backbone. I focus on writing songs and not just beats, but there has never been a mainstream genre that my music fit into. I tried using Electronica/Dance/Dubstep but they were always wrong. Trap is a genre that finally speaks to the Hip-Hop theme and fits." - MartyParty
MartyParty is one half of the popular EDM group PANTyRAID. And as their website’s catchphrase would allude to, they compose music to create “Audio fondling your girlfriend.” Theircollaborated songs as the EDM group have the same grimy undertones as MartyParty’s solo album, but mixed with bigger peaks of bass drops, and a much faster tempo. The music MartyParty creates on his own is very similar in his collaborations withPANTyRAID, but with some big points of juxtaposition. Instead he composes a 16 song EP that seduces all of the senses – of both your girlfriend, and boyfriend.
One of the best parts of this album has to be the fact that MartyParty tested every single track (on MVP) in live performances before compiling them for the album. These songs are tried and true, the sounds already having the support of his fan base. Though each song is unique unto it’s own, they compile 16 tracks that seamlessly fit together from start to finish. Further, the titles of each track can set a certain gateway to what you will be hearing.
“Back to the Crib,” has a melodic sound, like a lullaby mixed with dirty beats. The ending has a tonal shift change as a lady sings operatically until the last few seconds of the song – as if singing her baby asleep. “Hood Shaker” and “Tsunami” are faster tempo-ed songs, with beats that literally shake and vibrate your eardrums.Some of his best work on the EP are the songs that seem somewhat out of MartyParty’s element. Songs like “I’m in the Zone Girl,” “Summer Sex,” and “Jolene” have a clear focus on the sound and tone of the song, rather than just bringing in earth shattering bass drops. And although they have those elements, they are not nearly as dirty as some of the other tracks on the album and MartyParty’s earlier work. “Summer Sex” has a euphoric sound that gives his listeners a chance to breath and collect their thoughts before the Purple Trap can overwhelm them again.
The entire album uses singing and lyrics sparingly, but accommodates for it by using the mix of his musical sounds to create the type of tonnage he wanted his listeners and concertgoers to feel. His mix of seductive and melodic bass is uniquely formed as he crosses genre barriers, mixing together EDM, hip-hop, trap, and dubstep in his carefully formed Purple Trap album, MVP.
Folb is known across the scene as having some of the best live shows. He’s shared the stage with The Glitch Mob, Pretty Lights, Rusko, Skrillex, Bassnectar, and Steve Aoki; and has had headlining spots at big festivals like Lightning in a Bottle and Camp Bisco. To put it simply, if you like what you hear from his newest solo project, it’d probably be a good idea to check out his live performances as well. It’s something even someone weary of the genre would definitely enjoy.
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