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Oct 8 / Prinza

Magnetic Man – Magnetic Man Collabs with Ms Dynamite

Dubstep has been slowly growing stronger on the mainstream musical radar, coming to the forefront recently with remixes of chart hits from the likes of Little Boots, Ellie Goulding – and no doubt the most famous of them all: La Roux’s ‘In For The Kill’. Skream, who was the mastermind behind said remix, makes up one third of Magnetic Man, along with Benga and Artwork – and this is their self-titled debut album.

It all starts off rather gently, and not at all dubstep-like, with ‘Flying Into Tokyo’.  African thumb piano and strings gel together unexpectedly – more Zero 7 than Magnetic Man. Things get back to normal, however, on next track ‘Fire’, where Ms. Dynamite’s vocals screech out atop thudding bass and electronic beats. Sounding rawer than on her own singles, Dynamite’s rapping and wailing add little to this track, in comparison to ‘I Need Air’, which features Angela Hunte.

The first single from the album, and blasted out on radio stations across the nation all summer, this is the first crossover track Magnetic Man have had, and demonstrates what the trio are capable of. This song has good beats, a nice melody and great vocals, and is on a par to ‘Perfect Stranger’ – the next single to be released.

Featuring the new darling of dance, Katy B, it’s not difficult to see why this was chosen for release. Katy’s vocals cut through the music in a way that enhances the sound. The sound of her voice is moreish, with a quality that makes you sit up and listen – even if you’re not sure why, exactly. She lends her vocals to ‘Crossover’ too; lightly singing over a dark and heavy bass line.

The album ends with a somewhat strange collaboration, as John Legend adds soulful lyrics to the soundtrack. The partnership works well, and concludes the album with a lighter, more introspective feel.

Magnetic Man takes you on a dubstep journey. Easing you into the night with its first track, your evening begins with Ms. Dynamite setting the night on ‘Fire’, before more commercial songs get you on your way. Heavier tracks, such as ‘Anthemic’ and ‘K Dance’ follow, before the comedown with ‘Getting Nowhere’ as Legend sings you sweetly to sleep.

As a dubstep beginner, this album is manageable and likeable, and there are enough commercial/lighter tracks to keep you interested. Fans of the trio in their own right surely won’t be disappointed either – perhaps just a little narked that other people have discovered how good they are.

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