Deadboy's music has never existed in a vacuum. He's always borrowed ideas from the UK scene around him and re-jigged them to fit his sleek template. White Magick is no different, taking notes from the current crop of grime producers. The New Age leanings of Yamaneko, who released on on Local Action last year, are an obvious reference point, particularly on closer "I Will Let His Ocean Flow Through Me," with its slow-motion tidal wave. The elegant "White Moon Garden" taps into video game nostalgia and the gossamer "Rye Angel" brings things down to a whisper.
Even the more rhythmic tunes feel toned-down. "Sad Sniper" is the most percussive of them all, yet it holds back and lets off bursts of snares and hi-hats that sound like a rifleman picking off targets. "Copwar" is built with stained-glass chords that feel so delicate they could shatter at the slightest knock, and "Inner Palace" is an arresting lullaby that hearkens back to Deadboy's early days of 2009. Its Jojo sample wafts over a chunky bassline in a wonderful harmony of the fast and the slow. Like the Crazylegs release, White Magic shows Deadboy letting his gift for earwormy hooks float free, unencumbered by the quantized grid of dance music. He sounds refreshed for it.