ARTIST: MAGIK BRITE
TITLE: "Clinical Heroes"
CATALOGUE#: SPR 060
FORMAT: CD, jewel case
RELEASE DATE: 02.2008
OFFICIAL SITE: http://www.myspace.com/magikbrite
01. Landing (intro)
04. Clinical hero
08.Sine of Disbelieve
09. St. Vovka
10. Star Generator (bonus track)
This Russian trio label themselves as an Experimental Metal Industrial hybrid, and yet their dance credentials seem pretty impressive given the fluid punchiness blessing most tracks, so theyТre pretty odd, which seems like a plus. TheyТre also fun, with a hint of darkness and a pinch of commercial clout.
СLandingТ seems like itТs setting us up for a voyage of vocoder-bolstered trance, which would be a nightmare to describe, so IТm glad that doesnТt happen on various levels, including the fact itТs never fun. Instead they wobble along quite briskly and into a slicker, rickety
СNyctotaТ with neat guitar detail picked out above synth demands, the music welling up discreetly, and the returning guitar motif acting like a melodic magnet over a delicious,, delicate rhythm.
СAloneТ has the garbled gruff vocals and dowdy guitar but instead of lurching into an Industrial latrine for a swim they have the winsome melody wending through and some weird lyrics coming to the surface. (I think heТs singing, СitТs all about my hateТ which comes over as, itТs all about my heightТ!) It ends abruptly, almost comically, then СClinical HeroТ lollops into gear with more grimy guitar and saucy synth work, the rhythm operating like standard eurodance bellows, squiggles aplenty alongside coyly gurgling vocals. This is conventional and daftly dramatic. СQpoxbТ goes for a deeper, drilling groove with some clanking distraction and a tougher Industrial pout.
СAfterlightТ has serene touches mixes in alongside more plaintive singing and cutely bombastic rhythmic pushes, СFlyТ mixes the synth and guitar well in a sterner workout, and СSine of DisbelieveТ does a lopsided fairground waltz with fantastic synth patterns. СSt. VovkaТ slips back into a fairly mild dance traipse, which is disappointing as IТd hoped it was going to ascend for a punishing close, but СStar GeneratorТ also goes for dance with glowing, piping synth notes and while very effective it wasnТt enough to hook me in.
ItТs a frothy little thing really, which will appeal to people who like their dance sounds having lightly bitter twists but they sacrifice real artistic content for making too many obvious connections.
"Urban Dancer" (demo) self-released, 2005
"Clinical Heroes" Shadowplay Records, 2008
V/A "Colours of Black: Russian dark scene Compilation vol.2" track: "Sleep" Shadowplay Records, 2006