Jonny L ‎– Magnetic

XL Recordings ‎– XLCD 125
CD, Album

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1 Intasound 6:42
2 Brother 5:38
3 Uneasy
Vocals – Leila
4 Focus
Didgeridoo – Marcus (18)
5 Hard Clip (Interlude) 1:10
6 Accelerate
Vocals, Written-By – Lady Kier
7 PBX 6:17
8 20 Degrees
Vocals [Additional] – Johnny BreaksVocals, Written-By – Silvah Bullet*
9 Sight Unseen 5:53
10 Exabyte (Interlude) 1:21
11 See Red 5:36
12 Phase Shift
Guitar [Featuring] – Guitarminator
13 Viper
Written-By, Producer – Optical
14 In Vain
Vocals – Yvonne*

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Made in England

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 634904012526
  • Matrix / Runout: D1543 XLCD 125 · 1:0 [Nimbus logo]
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L122
  • Mould SID Code: ifpi 2318
  • Mould SID Code (variant): ifpi 2311

Other Versions (5 of 8) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
52034-4 Jonny L Magnetic(Cass, Album) Koch International 52034-4 Poland 1998 Sell This Version
XLLP 125 Jonny L Magnetic(6x12", Album, Promo, W/Lbl) XL Recordings XLLP 125 UK 1998 Sell This Version
INT 4 84592 2 Jonny L Magnetic(CD, Album) XL Recordings, Intercord INT 4 84592 2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
XLLP 125 Jonny L Magnetic(6x12", Album) XL Recordings XLLP 125 UK 1998 Sell This Version
52034-2 Jonny L Magnetic(CD, Album) Koch International 52034-2 Poland 1998 Sell This Version


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September 23, 2018
pbx is one of the best atmos dnb tracks ever. could be made today


May 25, 2018

This, and Matrix's Sleepwalk LP are the prototype of neurofunk. And also the grand masterpiece of cyber-dark step, Goldie had dreamt of ; only that neither were released from metalheadz.



March 10, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
Jonny L's Magnetic is definitely one of those essential LPs in jungle and dnb that everyone should know.
It is very, very futuristic, dark, murky, future thinking, classy.
In a way it is also a bit disturbing.
Sometimes it emanates with paranoia, at least for me.
I guess the reception depends on listener's current mood. It can captivate you by it's beauty and energy, or it can overwhelm you and be a bit tiring (if so, then just grab his last "In a Jungle" LP, which will take you on the euphoric trip through a rave candy land, it'll cheer you up he he).

My favorite tracks are Brother (of course!), the first dnb tune which made me fall in love in this genre as a kid (next to the BC's China Cup) and Accelerate feat. Lady Kier.
Great album.


April 13, 2010
the soundtrack if ya feel, breath, walk and dance like a hardcore gentleman. sexy & magnetic. together with teebee´s the tightest & best album from 1998. so probably of all time. cheers


October 2, 2008
This - if this could be said on any album - is the heaviest drum and bass album, giving an ultra deep impression in anybody who is into deep beats.

Very dark. Very eclectic, even if every takes have a real Jonny L sound. Which is smokey but concrete with upfront drums and talkative, industrial filterbasses. Each tracks have a concrete sound, defined tones of unexpected thoughts. When I listen to Uneasy I have the feeling of smoking vacuumed air in a high distance and it snows. And when I listen to Accelerate my body burns from inside and got taken by a swirl. The girl's voice is wonderful, and how those beats follow her vibration, that's incredible. This song is the very depth of the typical soul-vocal songs from this era.

Naturally there are other tracks to be highlighted. Focus is a direct hit, for example, or there is the pin-narrow Viper with other huge head of this fantastic era: Optical. I'm actually not too familiar with the CD yet, just known some songs from the past, and now just taking the whole thing inside... So excuse me if I'd be missing out something important.

I want to get back in time, exactly to 1998, ten years, go to a party, listen to these things and have this thin air around my head, closing my eyes... Uneasily.


August 16, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

Second album of Jonny L. Good album and some tracks have the same clean, minimal feel of those on the 'Sawtooth' album. Favorites are Intasound, Brother, Focus, See Red, Phase Shift, In Vain which are exactly in that style.

Other tracks include more vocals like Accelerate (with Lady Kier) and 20 Degrees (with Silvah Bullet, rap), but still the basslines kick in hard and give the whole a rough edge.