Quick Hitters:: Magnum K.I.

You can go ahead and call me Hannibal, because I love it when a plan comes together. Or rather, I love it when we get sent an album, and some random detail about the album makes me want to like it, then upon first listen, the album turns out to be a good one. In the case of Winnipeg’s Magnum K.I., it was their name I enjoyed (which is of course a play on TV’s favorite mustachioed private investigator), but listening to their Foultone-released debut quickly revealed that there’s a lot more going on here than just a clever name.


Magnum K.I. is actually three guys: DJ/Producer, Michael Arnone (aka DJ Kutdown), lead-vocalist/song-writer Ismaila Alfa and co-producer/song-writer Rob Crooks. They’ve pooled their talents to come up with a sound that I’m not even sure I know how to describe properly. It’s a sound that certainly has hip hop as it’s base layer, which is no surprise considering the members of the group were also in well-known Winnipeg hip hop outfit Frek Sho. But they match lush, polished production with Alfa’s empassioned sing-song delivery, which results in songs that are equal parts addictive and dancefloor ready.


I have to say, I’m a little surprised at how much I like this album, considering it came out of the blue (we’ve covered Kutdown on the hill before but knew nothing about this trio before receiving the record). So if you’re looking for something in a hip hop vein, but a little bit different, I’d recommend you fire up Higgins’ Ferrari and go for a spin with Magnum K.I.

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MP3:: Magnum K.I. - Tired

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One Response to “Quick Hitters:: Magnum K.I.”

Dominic Ayares July 19th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I dunno, I listened to this album. liked about two of the songs and thought the rest was really boring. the songs I liked, I liked alot….but there is definitely not enough substance here to hold my attention for longer than maybe a couple minutes tops

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