No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. This is indeed happening.
More than 16 years after his last single on the label, legendary producer Martin Freeland returns to Perfecto Fluoro with a brand new single under his Man With No Name moniker.
There are a few key names that have defined the genre we now call trance, and Martin is one of them. With a myriad of classics under his belt, from Teleport, Vavoom! and Sugar Rush, to Axis Flip, Lunar Cycle and Moment of Truth (alongside many others), he has secured his place in the history books. In fact, despite not being the sole figure to represent this genre (Hallucinogen, Total Eclipse and Astral Projection also spring to mind), there’s still something about his tracks that you can’t quite find anywhere else. I suppose you could call it a careful balancing act between the darker, more underground sounds and slightly more accessible influences. He’s one of a handful of people that can make a 303 riff sound both energetic and very relaxing at the same time.
As you’d imagine, the moment I saw he was returning to production, I took notice. Not only is he a producer I greatly respect, but after an 11 year hiatus (since his Interstate Highway album), I was genuinely curious to see what he was up to.
Vice Versa sways the needle a little more towards the psy end of the scale, so it’s not quite the old-school sound one would be used to. Mind you, the unique vibe of a MWNN production is still noticeable in this. The full on base line, airy vocal chops and the all important acid underpinning are all brought together masterfully to create what is truly one of the best psy tracks I’ve heard in a long time. Martin’s still on top of his game, and I couldn’t be happier for it.
The EP is out August 4th on Beatport, alongside a remix from Vertical Mode. Check out the original below:
Out on Beatport: August 4th.
Country: UK / Style: Psy-Trance / Year: 2014 / Label: Perfecto Fluro*
*Part of Perfecto Records / Armada Music.
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