Martin Garrix paves the road to ‘Sentio’ with historic debut album’s final singles

Sentio is officially complete.Heading into 2022, we all could’ve reasonably assumed that Martin Garrix was stocking music to carry along with him to festival season, but the possibility of a full-length album happening under his own name—after already piloting one for AREA21 just a couple of months earlier—wasn’t something that realistically crossed anyone’s minds. That was until Ultra gradually came on the horizon and Garrix teased that a minimum of five previously known IDs would join him while he snapped a five-year hiatus from Bayfront Park. And after rattling off a towering ten unreleased tracks at Lollapalooza Chile and then introducing an additional pair of Garrix originals in Miami, the ball was in his court on taking the chance to one-up his Seven and BYLAW EPs. Not only did he go a step further with the anti-April Fool’s Day reveal of Sentio, but the STMPD RCRDS boss also doubled down on the format of how those forenamed EPs were rolled out. Four weeks of Sentio being solved piece by piece—with a single coming every Tuesday and Friday—have now come to a close, with Garrix packaging its eight singles thus far with the final week’s final additions: “Aurora” with Blinders, the surprise appearance of an “Oxygen” vocal mix alongside both DubVision and Jordan Grace, and “If We’ll Ever Be Remembered” with Shaun Farrugia.From the moment his long-awaited meeting with Zedd set the Sentio wheels in motion——unknowingly to us at the time—just hours ahead of Ultra’s Bayfront Park homecoming, Garrix’s first proper album did not let up once through its biweekly deliveries. And to reach its April 29 destination, Sentio was built through one sought-after ID after the next, raising the bar for the successive release that would trail it, with “Follow” being joined by “Limitless” with Mesto, “Reboot” with Vluarr, “Quantum” with Brooks, “Good Morning” with Matisse & Sadko, ”Starlight (Keep Me Afloat)” with and DubVision and Shaun Farrugia, “Funk” with Julian Jordan, and “Find You” with Justin Mylo and Dewain Whitmore.And it wouldn’t really be fair to say that he saved the terminal trio of Sentio parts for last considering every single slot on the tracklist had been flawlessly filled up until this point, but Garrix still managed to wrap up his debut album on the highest of high notes. Garrix and Blinders first met up nearly four years earlier on BYLAW and a “Breach” successor had been long overdue, with the two repositioning from their first electro-infused outing over to progressive house with “Aurora.” While just about every other Sentio track had been discovered within the last year, “Oxygen”—which was a member of our most-anticipated IDs of 2021—may have the longest timeline of them all, originating within Garrix’s boat excursion through Dutch waters amid the pandemic. Rumored to have been laid to rest in the ID graveyard, “Oxygen”—also known as “Vergif,” which translates to poison in Dutch—suddenly popped up out of thin air at Lollapalooza Chile in March, with Garrix and DubVision reversing course after pleas for the progressive gem’s release and giving it a fresh vocal perspective with the help of Jordan Grace. And last but not least on the 11-part Sentio tracklist is the latter of Garrix’s pair of album unions with Shaun Farrugia, whom Garrix had unexpectedly came across through TikTok earlier in the year. “If We’ll Ever Be Remembered” had stepped in as Garrix’s new set finale this past month—swapping out his “Forbidden Voices” versus “Higher Ground” cross—and it couldn’t have served as anything other than the Sentio curtain closer as well. Garrix and Farrugia’s producer-vocalist synergy had already been crystal clear on “Starlight,” and “If We’ll Ever Be Remembered” only adds to that, hopefully blossoming a longstanding, fruitful relationship between the two as they line up a goosebump-inducing tandem of Garrix’s golden progressive house and Farrugia’s unfeigned lyrical work.While the rollout might be seen as untraditional relative to your run-of-the-mill album, Sentio is anything but ordinary in nature, with its final fulfillment allowing everyone the opportunity to take a step back and digest all that’s happened in the prior month. Through 11 sweeping pieces that genuinely feel like they go without a single stylistic repeat, Garrix brings everything full circle exactly a decade following his first release, tying his story together with a full-length project that safely secures a spot right alongside Swedish House Mafia‘s Paradise Again atop our album of the year leaderboard. Garrix explained that Sentio was born out of his willingness to give back to fans after what seemed to be a never-ending cycle without live shows, adding,Featured image: Rutger GeerlingTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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