No doubt the long wait was due to a squabble behind the scenes with every label and his dog wanting to release this track, but Cocoon finally emerges from the scrum with the ball, an outcome which couldn’t be more appropriate really because ‘Magic M’ slots right into the Frankfurt label’s crowdpleasing melodic minimal aesthetic very nicely. Which is not to say that the cut is obvious, on the contrary, each part – the twitchy rhythm, the wiggling bass, the bells – is pitched just so, and unlike Aquilina’s previous 12” ‘Feeling Plastik’, which also had great elements but couldn’t quite build them into a payoff, here all the parts lock together into a satisfying peak, which unexpectedly arrives very early, before the track revolves and rotates around the ballerina music box motif until close. It’s a winner.
On the B-side, ‘My Cube’ is built from the same bells and similar ideas, but it’s dragged down by an uninspired bassline. Just goes to show, that while the tune in ‘Magic M’ is strong, it’s not the only thing that is special: its twitching rhythm is what makes it good dance music. Like Ella Fitzgerald said, it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.
Wed / 5 Dec 2007
A Magic M
B My Cube