Magnus International: Echo to Echo (Full Pupp, 2016)

March 21, 2016 at 11:28 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Magnus International: Echo to Echo

Magnus International: Echo to Echo

Mixed by Prins Thomas and released on his Full Pupp label, this is quality space disco (which doesn’t sound quite that disco-ey, but it’s not really straight house or techno either). Really bright and melodic and cheerful without being cheesy. There’s definitely a healthy dose of the sort of rave nostalgia that makes Lone sound so refreshing, recalling 808 State and the sunny, melodic side of classic Detroit techno but with modern-day production sensibilities. “Rise Above” has a touch of vocoder and a chilly Kraftwerk-ness to it. “No Release” is more repetitive and not as melodic as most of the tracks here. But “Metroid Boogie” is basically a “Blue Monday” cover, except slightly altered, and how can you go wrong with a song about Metroid? “Synths of Jupiter” is a really good spacey synth-funk-house track with hand drums and a cool Detroit-y house melody. “Fun and Games” lives up to its title, and has a bit of an Italo bounce to it. Really fun album!

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