Boomkat Product Review:
Tomlab have just made our week with the reissue of this vital, long lost electronic soul masterpiece from Jeff Phelps, restored and remastered from original vinyl and available for the first time in 25 years! 'Magnetic Eyes' was originally released in 1985 on a private press run of 1000 copies and has since become the stuff of '80s legend. Despite the enthusiastic efforts of Jeff, the album basically suffered from a lack of marketing and was destined to have a greater impact creatively rather than financially, exerting a direct influence on the likes of Dâm-Funk and Nite Jewel who both cite the LP as one of their very favourites. And it's quite easy to hear why; the blend of frothy synthesizer melodies, rickety drum machine funk and hugely endearing vocals from Phelps and young singer Antoinette Marie Pugh basically define the blueprint for much of today's hypnagogic pop and electro soul/boogie renaissance. At the core of each track, whether instrumental or vocal, is an unmistakably warm and glowing soul. Be it Jeff's masterfully freakalicious synthlines on 'Phase Shift' or Antoinette's two diamante-iced performances on the irresistible dancefloor slayer 'Don't Fall Apart On Me' and the more sensual 'Hear My Heart', the personal, emotionally expressive nature of their music is simply inspirational. Once this album really starts to circulate there's gonna be jaws on the floor all o'er the place! Hugely recommended to fans of everyone from Gary Wilson and Ariel Pink to Dâm-Funk and Nite Jewel!