Dirtybird is heading to Detroit’s Movement Festival, celebrating the release of Justin Martin’s debut album, ‘Ghettos & Gardens’, in the birthplace of techno, with a sweaty, bass-driven all-night-long blowout at the historic industrial after-hours, City Club. During Movement Festival the Dirtybird crew are on one of the final legs of their Hatched world tour and joining Justin Martin on the decks on May 26th will be label founder Claude VonStroke (who plays this year’s Movement Festival), Eats Everything, J. Phlip, Worthy and Leroy Peppers (Christian Martin).
Much like Detroit, Justin’s debut is both tender and tough, sliding between delicate melodic moments, gritty basslines and devastating drops. Just as Detroit’s musical history is rich and varied, Martin refuses to be pigeonholed on ‘Ghettos & Gardens’, slipping through house, techno, funk and hip-hop, to deliver one of Dirtybird’s most original releases yet. City Club is one of Detroit’s most storied venues, it originally served as the ballroom for the historic Leland Hotel that is perched above the club. In 1983 it opened as ‘Lidernacht’ or night song in Germany and hasn’t looked back. Aside from Detroit techno icons like Derrick May, the venue has hosted the likes of Depeche Mode, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Public Enemy and more. Grab a mini mix from Justin Martin on the Soundcloud below.