Martin Roth – Suite 909 / Epic Waves [EP Review]
Off the heels of a year that beckoned their first album from Guy Mantzur and a consistent wave of accomplished releases, Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat imprint employs Martin Roth to kick things into gear for 2014. For his label debut and the follow-up to the ‘Less Is More’ EP for Nurvous, the German talent wastes no time asserting the buoyancy of his studio output of late. A collision of techno precision and progressive composition, ‘Suite 909’ blissfully encompasses the hallmarks that have made the label indispensable to both genres to date. While Israel’s Sahar Z gives the EP A-side a tribalistic makeover, B-side “Epic Waves” marks a nine-venture into the ambient and uplifting ranks of the genre, placing Roth at the heart of a boundary breaking release from start to finish. For a genre often attributed to just a handful of key players, Sudbeat offers the most assuring insight into just how rich the talent pool of modern progressive house is looking and how all-encompassing its global spread has become.