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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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