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
Released23 July 2010
Producer(s)Magnetic Man
Magnetic Man singles chronology
"I Need Air"
"Perfect Stranger"

"I Need Air" is the debut single by British electronic music project Magnetic Man, featuring American-Trinidadian singer Angela Hunte. It was released from their debut album Magnetic Man. The single was released in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2010, peaking at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart. It also peaked in the top 20 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 describe 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]
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 No. 1[6]
1."I Need Air" (Album Version) 
2."I Need Air" (Digital Soundboy Remix) 
12" vinyl No. 2[7]
1."I Need Air" (Redlight Remix) 

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
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


  1. ^ Roby, Wendy (2010-07-26). "This Week's Singles: 26/07/10 / In Depth". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  2. ^ McAlpine, Fraser (2010-07-26). "Chart Blog: Magnetic Man - 'I Need Air'". BBC. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  3. ^ James, Sarah-Louise (2010-07-27). "Review - Magnetic Man: I Need Air". Daily Star. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  4. ^ Levine, Nick (2010-07-26). "Music - Singles Review - Magnetic Man: 'I Need Air'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  5. ^ "iTunes - Music - I Need Air (feat. Angela Hunte) - EP by Magnetic Man". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  6. ^ "Magnetic Man - I Need Air - 12" - 2010 - UK - Original | hhv.de | shop". hhv.de. 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  7. ^ "Magnetic Man: I Need Air Remix". Hard Wax. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Magnetic Man feat. Angela Hunte – I Need Air" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Magnetic Man feat. Angela Hunte – I Need Air" (in French). Ultratip.
  10. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Magnetic Man feat. Angela Hunte – I Need Air". Tracklisten.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.

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