With a wealth of experience behind him, both as a DJ and as an industry figure, Ben Martin started the High Sheen imprint alongside his good pal, Sam Murray last year. Since then the Glasgow based label have put out four records, with their fourth from Scottish super duo, Doubleheart (aka JD Twitch of Optimo and Neil Landstrumm), actually being released officially today. Through the artists they work with, Martin and Murray are projecting a little bit of their taste out into the ether and it’s something that’s definitely caught our ear, with their label’s unique amalgamation of classic house and techno colliding with current trends in a little bit of a more informed manner.
It’s something you can sense in the way they’ve presented the music: from the effort and expense poured into their high quality sleeves to the output of the artists they work with, it’s obvious that stuff like this has been a passion for them for some time now. That well informed, knowing feeling is replicated in Martin’s mix that he’s made to prefix his appearance in Room Three for Tayo’s Lean Left night on the 8th February, where he contextualizes a whole heap of High Seen related material amongst music from artists like Trevino, Audio Jack, Bicep and I:Cube. Totally aware of where everything fits and continually conscious of how it’s presented, it’s an hour of material that works best because of the way it builds, always keeping an eye on the tracks working for the dancefloor.
Download: Ben Martin (High Sheen) - FABRICLIVE x Lean Left Mix
1. Doubleheart - Bruise (High Sheen)
2. HARA - MAFFS (High Sheen)
3. Audiojack - Stay Glued (FCL Weemix) (Gruuv)
4. Geeeman - Bang't (Jack For Daze)
5. Barnt - Geffen (Commeme)
6. Romanthony - Let Me Show You Love (Mia Dora Remix) (Glasgow Underground)
7. I:Cube - Transpirations (Versatile)
8. Tuff City Kids - Begger (Unterton)
9. Murphy Jax - Time To Bump (Matt Walsh & Zhao Remix) (Turbo)
10. KiNK & Neville Watson - Blueprint (History)
11. Trevino - Derelict (Naked Lunch)
12. Horatio & Denny K - Chicago Tales (Darius Syrossian Mix) (Natural Rhythm)
13. DJ Haus - Needing U (MK Remix) (Unreleased)
14. Bicep - Feel It (Unreleased)
15. Pegasus 89 - AIR (High Sheen)
16. Mia Dora - Random Romantics (High Sheen)
Catch Ben Martin playing in Room Three on Friday 8th February alongside Tayo, Moxie, West Norwood Cassette Library and Thefft. Tickets & info here.