Their backstory is impeccable: The Martinez Brothers are two kids from the Bronx, one 15 and the other 18, whose Gospel-loving father turned them on to house music as a secular alternative to hip-hop. But as "My Rendition" proves, the siblings have the chops to back it up. 2007 was allegedly the year that Europeans rediscovered the untrammeled rush of deep house, but no one delivered it with more pumping aplomb than the Martinez Brothers. Over a 4/4 drum pattern that nods toward reggaeton, they layer shoomping chords reminiscent of Basic Channel and then go braiding counterpoints into a golden rope that's as tough as it is rich. Bent notes add to the sense of liquidity; a high, lonesome string sound adds an unhinged echo of DJ Pierre's "wild pitch" style. At an age when most teens are writing half-assed raps or flailing at battered guitars, these kids crossed Steve Reich with disco and hit upon nirvana.
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