March 29, 2007

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Miguel Migs, Those Things
Om Records, 2007

Warm, zen-like and nicely layered, Migs’ mid-tempo dance-electro rarely sizzles or pounds but glides and swims, weaving lazily around the legs of partygoers, not too bassy, not too chirpy. Having already handled big fat remixes for the likes of Britney Spears and Macy Gray, Migs has decided to queue up with all the other studio dweebs trying to make some respectable hay out of their own material. He hawks a poolside/beach vibe that’s non-toxic but experimental in the same breathy passages, beginning with a Janet Jackson-esque collab with LT on “So Far,” a stab at hitdom that might be a little far-fetched (and 80s, despite the organic synth tweaks) for a general-seating radio audience kneeling at the feet of Pretty Ricky this month, but it’s a sweetie. This isn’t a shrinkwrapped band-in-a-box, by the way; Migs plays guitar, keys and percussion and does some backup singing, so rest assured that he’s trying to brand himself in earnest, not fatten his release count. B Eric W. Saeger