Magistrates "Make This Work"

Magistrates "Make This Work"
I love it when white guys try to emulate R&B greats like Al Green and Curtis Mayfield. Most often it gets a laugh but sometimes it can work: the anarchistic electro punk of Primal Scream's "Kill All Hippies," Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around..." and even, yes, I'm gonna say Maroon 5 can pull it off from time to time. (They're this generation's Wang Chung, y'know.)

New XL Recordings signees Magistrates are on the "we're white and we can pull it off" side, as their debut single "Make This Work" demonstrates. A refreshingly simple dose of radio-friendly pop, ideally this is something you'd hear Casey Kasem Ryan Seacrest introduce on his top 40 countdown. Of course, with the minimal set-up, the simple, Rocketship-esque keyboard riff, the faint evidence of guitar and bass, and that impeccably skittering timekeeping, this Essex quartet are far too tasty to be understood by the masses.

I mean, the description they wrote of themselves on their MySpace page is deliciously dirty: "Hailing from the armpit of England, Essex — Mark, Paul, Thom and Andy are constructing a masterplan... to infect the world with a dirty groove like some out of control STD."

(Damn, I really wish I had come up with that.)

Visit the band's official site to sign up and get a free MP3 of both the single version and the a cappella version "Make This Work."

Magistrates "Make This Work"