Tuesday, 28 September 2010

UK Music Tuesday: Magnetic Man At The Controls

Today the YouTube UK homepage has been turned over to Magnetic Man, the Dubstep collective that consists of three of the genre’s prime movers – Skream, Benga and Artwork. Their playlist is one of the most wide-ranging that UK Music Tuesday has showcased to date and is topped off with three brand new tracks from them, so prepare yourself for a musical adventure with the coolest thing to come out of Croydon since Saint Etienne.



As a genre, Dubstep has rapidly made inroads into the UK's musical consciousness, an incredible feat given that its roots only date back to 2003 and a recording studio over Croydon record shop Big Apple. The store was owned and run by Arthur Smith, who was using the studio to produce UK Garage (2-Step) and Techno tracks under the name Artwork. One of those tracks, "Red", contained all the DNA of Dubstep, strands that were picked up on and evolved by two of Big Apple's young regulars, Benga Adejumo and Oliver Jones (Skream).



The three artists enjoyed and continue to see phenomenal success with their solo recordings, but the Magnetic Man project has slightly different ambitions. "Dubstep is the biggest progression in music in the last five years," says Skream. "But too many people think that it's noisy, mid-range stuff. Magnetic Man is about a lot more than that, Magnetic Man is about proper songs, not just tracks or tunes." Their eponymous debut album, out on October 11, is testament to that ambition, and as part of today's takeover, Magnetic Man are premiereing three all-new recordings from the LP.



On which note, it is only appropriate to steer you towards Magnetic Man talking through their selections. Hold tight, because if you haven't been exposed to Dubstep before, you may be in for an aural surprise:







Here at UK Music Tuesday we were particularly impressed by the wide-ranging nature of today's curation, with references to the trio's real names, nods to their roots (and old friends) and pointers to new points of musical departure -- including artists like Ronald Jenkees, who are using YouTube to get their music and performances out to as wide an audience as possible. While that shouldn't come as a shock from three men who clearly spent their formative years flicking through vinyl and showcasing the results as DJs, that doesn't make it any less of a pleasure, so huge thanks to them for their efforts.



Have fun, enjoy the fruits of their labours, and see you next week, which is shaping up to be another exciting Guest Curation,

Jamie Dolling, YouTube UK, recently watched "Professor Green: Alive Till I'm Dead".

9 comments:

Pikki said...

Dubstep is shit.

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