I Need Air

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"I Need Air"
A portrait styled in the background colour of black. Centered in the portrait is a bold, capital letter 'M' in the colour of white. Its downward curve features an upward triangle in the same style adjoining to it at the bottom center of the 'M'.
Single by Magnetic Man featuring Angela Hunte
from the album Magnetic Man
B-side "Mad"
Released 23 July 2010
Format CD single, digital download, 12" Vinyl
Recorded 2010
Genre Dubstep
Length 4:18
Label Sony, Columbia
Writer(s) Arthur Smith, Angela Hunte, Beni Adejumo, Oliver Jones
Producer(s) Magnetic Man
Magnetic Man chronology
"I Need Air"
(2010)
"Perfect Stranger"
(2010)

"I Need Air" is the debut single by British electronic music project Magnetic Man released from their debut album Magnetic Man. The single was released in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2010, peaking at number ten on the UK Singles Chart. It also peaked in the top twenty in Belgium and Denmark. "I Need Air" and its following releases are characteristic of the fast developing dubstep genre.[citation needed] The song features the refrain from Magnetic Man's promotional release "MAD" towards the end of the song.

Critical reception[edit]

"I Need Air" received vast critical praise from contemporary critics. Wendy Roby from Drowned in Sound deemed the song as a "faultless pop record". Roby further described it as "so perfectly put together" and "the record you should point to if an alien drops round for a cup of tea tomorrow and asks you what modern pop sounds like."[1]

Fraser McAlpine from BBC felt that the song was simply too good, giving it a five-star rating and complimenting its ability to make the sensation of being overwhelmed by feelings in the presence of someone you really like sound like the most solitary experience a human heart can endure. McAlpine went on to described the way the rhythm of the vocal cuts across the beat and back again in the verses, and Angela Hunte's vocal pronunciation as brilliant.[2]

While Sarah-Louise James from the Daily Star said that the song is as catchy as the dubstep genre gets, highlighting Hunte's "euphoric rave-y vocal".[3]

Nick Levine of Digital Spy stated in his review of the song:

'I Need Air' is quite simply a stonker. Less simply, it's a monster-sized electropop-cum-dubstep club track that sounds as though it could coax everyone from Tristan in Dalston to Robbo from Romford to Joe at G-A-Y bar onto the dancefloor. It manages to do so while taking place entirely at midtempo. And it also contrives to make Auto-Tuned vocals - courtesy of Angela "I've got a writing credit on 'Empire State Of Mind' you know" Hunte - sound kinda cute. How clever are Magnetic Man? We'll leave you to answer that for yourself. 5/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[5]
No. Title Length
1. "I Need Air" (Album Version) 4:18
2. "I Need Air" (Redlight Remix) 4:20
3. "I Need Air" (Digital Soundboy Remix) 5:23
12" vinyl #1[6]
No. Title Length
1. "I Need Air" (Album Version)  
2. "I Need Air" (Digital Soundboy Remix)  
12" vinyl #2[7]
No. Title Length
1. "I Need Air" (Redlight Remix)  
2. "Mad"    

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
Position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 27
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[9] 5
Denmark (Tracklisten)[10] 13
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 10
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[12] 3

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