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Various Artists
Arcola Essential Bundle 1
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April 21, 2020

Black Lodge - MWR157

Six lost slices of leftfield electro including the mythical and mysterious 'Hotline', a track that was originally scheduled for release on Mo’Wax back around about the year 2000 but only ever reached test pressing for reasons no one can quite remember, alongside five other tracks that take in dancehall, hip-hop and 2-step garage, all recorded during the same session...

Primitive Art - Crab Suite

Crab Suite documents a specific moment in time and space for the duo, the sound and symbolism it conveys carries the specificity of these coordinates. As a unifying element in Matteo Pit and Jim C. Nedd’s native environments, an estranging sea gives life to the crab under whose sign these four songs were born. Of it, they bear the coriaceous exoskeleton (rendered into thick, impenetrable soundscapes), the oblique yet unrelenting motion of the rhythmic patterns and timbres, and a certain confrontational, combative attitude displayed by the performed voice. A darker take on the "Problems" sound, this new release by Primitive Art leads listeners into stark territories, at the same time inviting them to find a meditative space within it. This duality results in a tension: while the music envisions a martial dystopia (influenced by gaming imagery), a romantic current flows upstream against the harsh conditions described. The double nature of the band lies at the core of the project as Matteo and Jim’s different backgrounds and identities share the stage as producer and performer, respectively. Equally, studio sessions and live act intermingle as the songs’ native sources, reproducing the twofold essence of the coldly artificial and the intimately vitalistic.

Ethiopian Records - Ye Feqer Edaye / የፍቅር እዳዬ

Having been high on our radar ever since his blinding three-record run for 1432 R between 2015 and '16, Ethiopian Records aka Endeguena Mulu's Arcola 12" Ye Feqer Edaye / የፍቅር እዳዬ arrives in three tracks of fully frontal psychedelic electronic body music. Make no mistake, this is club gear as you have never heard it before, a fever-dream rush of Ethiopiyawi Electronic that sits equally within the crucially current club sounds of Gqom, Nyege Nyege, Cargaa and Principe as it does with the greatest sides from Tribe Of Colin, Zarate_Fix, Sex Tags Amfibia and 12th Isle.

Our Souls Are In The Hands Of The Translator - sɪŋkrɪtɪzəm

Our Souls Are In The Hands Of The Translator presents his Arcola debut, sɪŋkrɪtɪzəm. A two tracker of Chi-Town acid that offers a mouthful of Mathematics from Jamal Moss, the legendary producer and DJ who has worked with everyone from Adonis to Wolf Eyes.

Nkisi - The Dark Orchestra

This longtime coming 12" acts as a pinnacle high point for Nkisi's unique brand of hardcore, skilfully mixing the sounds of her devastating live sets and monthly DJ slot on NTS into four deadly dynamics that transport central and west African club sounds into a prism influence of Belgium gabber. It's all powered by her indispensable strength for crafting future-proofed club cuts that have seen her, Chino Amobi, Angel-Ho and the entire NON Worldwide collective become such a powerful force within the techno/electronic/hardcore diaspora.


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