Jimmy Edgar album review

Majenta

Majenta
4/5

We’re not entirely sure if there’s a link between Prince and Alan Vega, aside from the beret – famously ‘raspberry’ in the former’s case and Che-like black in the latter’s – but hip Detroit producer (and fashion and music photographer) Jimmy Edgar seems to have nailed the connection, attached an aplomb bomb and lobbed it into the fertile futuro-house scene. Of course, those two influences by no means define his sound, which borrows the minimalism of Kraftwerk and the distinctive clean, warmly throbbing style of hometown techno masters Juan Atkins and Derrick May for its base, then applies sleazy electro-funk, filtered disco, electronic punk, fly cosmic house and Kanye-style R&B. Majenta is the follow-up to 2010’s triple-LP XXX – Edgar’s no slacker in the studio – and it brims with ideas. His magpie approach could so easily lead to dull pastiche or chronic over-egging, but even a cursory listen to ‘Hrt Real Good’ and fabulously tripped-out closer ‘In Deep’ shows that Edgar’s aim is as true as his love is deep.

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