Magma Brothers: “Let it Burn” carves out a discernible identity

The Magma Brothers are a group consisting of Felix Guerra Jr. (FLIXXER) and Xavier Garrido (Shakezilla). Open minded to all genres of electronic music but specialize in Future House, Future Bass, UK Bass, and House Music. “Let it Burn”, is a future bass track now available as a free download. More than any other release since the new dawn of crossover EDM, the Magma Brothers’ odyssey of drops, booms, and well-crafted bliss, reflects the state and times of the genre.

Half of the mix is purely catchy, with the duo looking to score their own mega-hit while the other half buzzes with fascinating, insular experimental sounds. Considering its bob and weave between dance pop and future bass, “Let it Burn” ultimately carves out a discernible identity for Felix Guerra Jr. and Xavier Garrido, offering compelling looks into what this identity could be.

As far as the Magma Brothers’ bids for a hit, the single “Let it Burn” is impressive, and is more than just an exercise in formula. The signature sound, which pairs frenetic, start-stop percussion with ascending staccato synths, creates the illusion that the female singer is climbing up a gorgeous, reverberating helix.

The duo’s exploration of obscure sounds and their trippy sequencing on their instrumentals suggests far more curiosity and ambition than previous releases.

There are rare moments when the Magma Brothers’ head-spinning and thoughtful production is in perfect harmony with his pop hooks. The breakdown halfway through reinterprets the song’s stunning chorus, a dialogue between synths, and percussive banging, then again as a soft-edged outro; the Magma Brothers essentially remixes the track thrice in the course of 3 minutes.

“Let it Burn” benefits from both an irresistible slink of The Magma Brothers’ sound design, and the female vocalist’s flirtatious delivery, while the percussion echoes like ripped pieces of paper. More often than not, the track comes at listeners in alternately slick and scuzzy waves, as a sense of cohesion is clearly perceptible in the fray.

If the burden on electronic producers is to establish personality beyond a dense network of light displays and computer processing, this track gets the Magma Brothers’ more than halfway there: It shows them as unquestionably human, eager, alternately flashy and introspective, and totally in control.


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