Review: Magik Johnson - i Give up

Magik Johnson hooks up with upcoming vocalist James Dansey on this large 2nd Underwater release which comes hot on the heels of the 2006 smash 'Malone/Jump', a Majik collaboration with label boss J Darren Emerson.

Richard Dyer

Date published: 8th Mar 2007

If you have been into house for years, you may well know this hotly tipped producer as 'Dick Johnson'. Busting bold musical moves from Blackpool to Auckland New Zealand has made Johnson a house music heavyweight in both hemispheres. His reputation for rocking a party began amidst the acid house madness of Manchester's infamous Hacienda, where he was Saturday night resident alongside Graeme Park and Tom Wainright. After the Hacienda closed its doors a residency at Nottingham's Renaissance followed. 1994 and 95 saw him drop tunes for Creams Olympic label, New Orders Pleasure Recordings and Manchester's Paper Recordings collective. Shortly afterwards, he established Shaboom Records in Blackpool, with Mark Bell and Ben Davis, and released records by Joeski & Onionz, Fred Everything, Doc Martin and DJ Sneak to name a few.

Now NZ's best loved artist and DJ, Magik Johnson, hooks up with upcoming vocalist James Dansey on this large 2nd Underwater release which comes hot on the heels of the 2006 smash 'Malone/Jump', a Majik collaboration with label boss J Darren Emerson.
Magik's 07 mix of the original is going to be big with the tech house heads. A chunky 4/4 floor worker with a smooth acid bassline. You can almost hear the crowd cheers at the breakdown. This has that euphoric feel that dips and climbs in all the right places to cause havoc and have hands in the air in any decent house or techno club. John Dahlback's remix is full of quirky keyboards that I don't really like. But if dirty twisted house that sounds a little bit drunk is your bag then you might want to check this out. Muted darkside for the dirtier floors...


Otherwise head for the original, which is a high quality funky house number. Somewhere between that 80's electro sound, New Order and the Happy Monday's, it could almost be Shaun Ryder on vocals! One for the girlies that like to shake their skirts, this will be hording them onto the club floor. The DeepGroove mix is darker and more sinister - its all about the bassline and mad piano sound here. One for the deeper more glitchy house lovers that want to get their groove on.

Only available via Beatport and Djdowload...download this now!