Danish electronic music producer Mortinus has a Danish father and a half Greenlandic and Danish mother, while he says that there are traces of German in his family genealogy. Listening to hi EP “Orbit”, you discover that Mortinus’ music is just as much of a blend as his bloodline is. In an era when electronic music stardom can be as close as a light-up mask, clever anonymous alias, and management-directed collaborations, Mortinus has avoids the gimmicks of EDM and concentrates on a universal World Music production palette that even lovers of ambient may crave and downtempo recipients are looking to hijack.
Gearing up to be this Danish talent, Mortinus’ EP effort, “Orbit”, showcases a producer at ease with all of the sounds moving around inside his recorded songs here.
His smooth, layered, and non-abrasive electronics sets a relaxing backdrop for his gentle melodies which are never dominant, as he seems to concentrate on the complex rhythms and percussion in tracks like “Blue Moon” and “My Lord The King”, which bring me to the other defining factor in Mortinus’ music – there also seems to be a streak of spirituality and mysticism running through his songs.
Again, it is not something that is dominant or jumps out at the listener, but just like the melodies, they are always perceptible, always present.
There is restless versatility all over the EP, generating the emotional crests and sensory satisfaction that an audience demands. There are even traces of middle-Eastern flavors hidden somewhere inside the compositions.
The title track “Orbit” is less percussive and more epic sounding. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a beat On the contrary is has a solid drum track, but it is more conventional and straight forward as opposed to the percussion on the other tracks. The song is textured with plush layers of strings, pads and a gentle piano melody.
Mortinus’ music is of exceptional variety, yet of coherence, in a genre where it’s possible to listen to the most diverse instruments and voices mixed with electronic music. These instrumental pieces were born into a groove explosion of world music and a strong desire for things spiritual, as well as certain tastes for cultural exploration.
The intensity of the magic, exoticism, mystery, urbanity, spirituality, and electronica, comes to life through this production. These finely-polished pieces in the age of indie music, characterizes the spirit, creativity and triumph of independent musicians.
On “Orbit”, Mortinus consistently shows that music is about communication – a desire to communicate with the listener and hopefully to have the listener communicate something back.