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Xen
Artist
Arca
ReleaseProduct
Xen
Label
Mute
Catalogue Number
ISTUMM374
Release Date
October 2014
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Arca lands on Mute with the mesmerizing 'Xen' having produced the stand out tracks on Kanye's Yeezus and FKA Twigs 'LP1' Arca delivers a full throttle LP for Mute, from the psychedelic slide n shuffle beats and half heard vox of 'Slit Thru' to the bass heavy 'Thievery' which could almost be a hip-hop answer to some of the more beat-focused side roads of 'Untrue'. This album is jam packed with future-facing electronic trax aplenty, from introspective moments like the piano led 'Held Apart' to the zig-zag synth flex of 'Bullet Chained' there is a wealth of production here that feels like it could have been made by someone with many years of experience. Arca has created a stunning debut with one eye firmly focused on the clubs but with an experimental pop sensibility that shines throughout, come hear why 'Arca' is such an in-demand producer and a name on everybody's lips.

Venezuelan-born producer Alejandro Ghersi AKA Arca’s dazzling ascent which saw him earn production credits with FKA Twigs and on Kanye West’s Yeezus culminates to a debut solo LP on the legendary Mute Records. Now rubbing shoulders with some of the most influential electronic musicians of our time, Arca’s unflustered, assured experimental pop sound draws its inspiration from the past but releases it as a blueprint for the future. Despite Ghersi’s young 24 years of age, Xen carries the confidence of an artist who understands his sound and looks set to be a pivotal moment not only in his own career but in digital music as a whole. Expect big things in 2015.

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  1. 1 Now You Know 3:58 Arca Buy
  2. 2 Held Apart 1:20 Arca Buy
  3. 3 Xen 3:18 Arca Buy
  4. 4 Sad Bitch 1:55 Arca Buy
  5. 5 Sisters 2:21 Arca Buy
  6. 6 Slit Thru 2:12 Arca Buy
  7. 7 Failed 3:40 Arca Buy
  8. 8 Family Violence 2:13 Arca Buy
  9. 9 Thievery 2:33 Arca Buy
  10. 10 Lonely Thugg 2:56 Arca Buy
  11. 11 Fish 2:07 Arca Buy
  12. 12 Wound 2:09 Arca Buy
  13. 13 Bullet Chained 2:51 Arca Buy
  14. 14 Tongue 2:59 Arca Buy
  15. 15 Promise 2:52 Arca Buy

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