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Friday, November 27, 2020

Wave Magnetik (take two), Newcastle University - Nov. 26

Wave Magnetik (trumpet, dj, vocals)

Earlier in the day, at precisely 1:15pm, Newcastle University's lunchtime live stream concert wasn't readily accessible. A 'sign in' instruction wasn't quite what was expected. Your reviewer logged-off, did others do the same? At some point during the afternoon the on-screen 'sign in' instruction disappeared, replaced by a more inviting NO THANKS click option which made the YouTube content instantly accessible.* 
And so to Wave Magnetik. Composer, producer, trumpeter, vocalist and dj, WM (aka Donald Malloy) presented an engaging performance, immersed in an ever-changing (looping) kaleidoscopic landscape. Clip-mic trumpet in hand, off-screen computer technology at arm's length, vocal mic to one side, our solo performer danced his way through three quarters of an hour of constantly changing beats. 

Broadly adhering to the published set list - Show Me the WayTake No PrisonersStar ChildBrass Love - Wave Magnetik drew upon a plethora of source material. Late period, distorted wah-wah pedal Miles (one for the jazz fan), a trillion BPM (beats per minute) soundscape punctuated by dj exhortations (Get up! Now shake yer butt) to an adoring online audience which readily 'gets' the likes of Robert Glasper, Flying Lotus and Roy Hargrove.   

Wave Magnetik can be found online (www.wavemagnetik.com) streaming week to week. NYC based Malloy knows what he's doing and any number of fans worldwide are literally buying into it - check out his online 'merch' store.  
           
Thanks to Ken Drew for alerting BSH to the now readily accessible YouTube content on Newcastle University's King's Hall website (available for seven days). 
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