Magnetic Man

Like Massive Attack, Magnetic Man are a British act taking an underground scene at critical mass - in this case, the low-frequency freakouts of dubstep - to aboveground masses. The trio of Benga, Skream and Artwork have made remarkable records individually, and the head-blasting instrumentals here ("Mad," "K Dance") are the stuff that makes glassy-eyed bass fiends growl "siiiiiiick."  For guest singers (including John Legend), the sonic drama gets dialed back, which is a shame. Only the bonus remixes - see the badass reworking of Katy B's "Perfect Stranger" - deliver on the fusion promise.

Listen to Magentic Man ft. Katy B "Perfect Stranger" (Benga Remix):  

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From The Archives Issue 1132: June 9, 2011