Part of what makes these jams so compellingly carnal is Edgar's penchant for raw minimalism. Look no further than the opening track, "Too Shy," for starters; the sound is sparse but undeniably funky. Same goes for standout track "This One's For the Children" (and no, it's not); a killer hook and tight beats make a fairly simple, yet irresistible, combination. The other key element is Edgar's voice—commanding, dark and sexy, he demands attention. "I can make you dance," he declares on "This One's For the Children." He's got that right.
In fact, one of Majenta's two main flaws is that Edgar doesn't put that voice front and center more often. Tracks like "Let Yrself Be," featuring chopped-up vocal samples, don't really grab attention. Edgar's other major sin is lack of restraint. Check a track like "Heartkey," which boasts an addicting hook but goes on far too long. It's good in the beginning, but the addiction turns to boredom once Edgar's repeated it for five-plus minutes. That said, Edgar still shows plenty of continuing promise on Majenta. We'll keep our legs spread wide for the next installment...or, you know, whatever else Edgar tells us to do. We're not gonna argue.
Worth a Listen: "This One's For the Children" and "Sex Drive"