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Magnetic Man, Magnetic Man
Startime/Columbia Records, May 10

04/28/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



More toward any other purpose, the dubstep all-star conglomerate of Benga, Skream, and Artwork seem to be on a hunt for brownie points with this debut, floating Salem-style haunted house, drum n bass, Justice hard-glitch and euro-club orchestrations in a manner less consistent with melodic appropriateness than with decorum. That said, the record on the whole isn’t completely horrible, only half so, a back-and-forth exercise of interesting vocal track to low-rent instrumental filler cut and repeat, like VNV Nation with almost no cultural longevity in mind. The club-slammer here is “I Need Air,” its pitch-shift cutie-pie vocals pointing to the arrival of what could be UK garage 2.0, while in drag-things-out news, “Anthemic” uses slow-wobble gamma-ray over euro-house synth-symphonics to make its tenuous point. Gahh, don’t mind me — I don’t hate this LP and was excited to receive it; there are viable remix takeaways for sure. But jeez, it often comes across as a term paper for Ableton Hipness 101. C+ —Eric W. Saeger






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