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Daniel Magg Facets Review

Released 2003.  

BBC Review

The first solo outing for German producer Daniel Magg. Here we have an energetic...

Andrew McGregor 2003

One half of Compost's Worldless People, Daniel Magg, recently made the decision to go solo, and in Facets has realised his musical vision. The German producer describes the album as an attempt to put his musical heritage and dream into an audible form. In so doing he has created an opus with an energy level high enough to make an impact on dancefloors, whilst still being musical enough for home listening pleasure.

Enlisting the services of a plethora of skilled musicians, singers and producers - among them Minus 8, Gentlerain and former Worldless People partner, Wolfgang Rüter - Magg has created a collection of soulful tunes that at times borders on an equally varied number of genres; from electronica, dub and disco to Afro-centric techno and samba jazz!

"Red Earth" is a case-in-point, a seductive fusion that blends dubby Afro beats with disco kitsch and freestyle jazz influences into the melting pot. Cathryn Canzani handles vocal chores on the soulful be-bop house-kissed "Different Place", while Jenny Chi sounds uncannily like Bebel Gilberto on the aptly titled "The Last Samba"; a scrumptious slice of samba.

"Sweep" and "Electronica" explore the more authentic lite-techno side of Daniel's pedigree, maintaining his Detroit house roots with a nod towards the jazz-flavourings of Mr Fingers and Derrick Carter. His love of warm danceable grooves, with a strong and sometimes leftfield-edge reflect, not only in his DJ style, but also the very essence of this conceptual collection.

"Set For Seizure" in particular is representative of a style often described as techno-soul, blending the beautifully soulful voice of Alessandro with old school basslines and meaty chords and beats. The Swiss singer also appears on"Shine A Light" an Afro-centric percussive and acoustic-strummed dancer that's certainly one of the highlights on a highly palatable set.

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