Arca – Arca (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Arca - Arca (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Arca
Album: Arca
Genre: Electronic
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 240 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

“Intelligent, impassioned and inspired by integrity, Arca’s continued growth as an artist promises to be one of the most exciting journeys of the coming years. The musician has no plans to stop either, telling us in no uncertain terms: ‘I want to make music until I die.'” – Dazed “Arca was making body music for the active mind.” – New York Times On the 7th of April, Arca will release his third full-length album. Released via XL Recordings, the self-titled record is the first to feature the Venezuela-born, London-based producer’s untreated singing voice. He sings in Spanish — the language of his childhood home, Venezuala. It stands as a defiant, delicate statement of intent, and cements his position as one of this turbulent decade’s defining musicians. Previous work has incorporated snatches of song and Arca’s rapping, but on Arca, his voice is front-and-centre on eight of the album’s 13 tracks. Frequently, he has used his first-takes, untreated and without post-production: clicks of saliva and burrs of the throat carry melodies of staggering richness and delicacy. His masterful production knits together vocal tracks like “Sin Rumbo” and first single “Anoche” with instrumentals like “Whip” and “Urchin”, each as extreme as the other. Across the album, the tectonics of pure digital sound, his own piano playing and his voice combine, weaving the album together like folds of skin, or wounds healing post-trauma. Arca has made some of most brazenly forward-thinking music of recent years, both on his previous solo albums Xen (2014) and Mutant (2015), and in collaboration with fellow futurists Bjrk Vulnicura, Kanye West Yeezus, and fashion collective Hood By Air. Arca represents a stunning step forward in his celebrated catalog, one that will excite his long time fans and find him many new ones.

Read More

The Bug & Earth – Concrete Desert (2017) [WEB FLAC]

The Bug & Earth - Concrete Desert (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: The Bug & Earth
Album: Concrete Desert
Genre: Electronic
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 463 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

These two names on a recording offer — at least initially — a startling juxtaposition. There’s the Bug (aka Kevin Martin), king of compressed, signature bone-breaking beats that emerge from crushing mutant dancehall, grime, and twisted iconic dubstep; his is a signature sound created from crackle, crunch, and crush. Dylan Carlson’s Earth — of which he is the only constant member — began as an ultraheavy, low-tuned metal drone outfit whose worship of microphonics and Black Sabbath-ian riffing made them icons. After two decades, they mutated, their sound becoming a spacious subgenre known as “ambient metal” that ever so slowly and deliberately explored aural cave dwelling in tone, timbre, harmonic, and dynamic before finding a middle ground that reintegrated some of their formerly doomy heaviness into the haunted spaces they discovered. Concrete Desert, recorded in Los Angeles, is worthy of its moniker. There’s a classic noir-ish vibe worthy of that city, as tracks offer haunting titles such as “City of Fallen Angels,” “Don’t Walk These Streets,” “Gasoline,” and
“Agoraphobia.”
Almost all selections commence with Carlson offering dark, airy guitar and bass drones. Martin responds by adding often brittle beats that assist in creating a turnstile for this music to emerge from. When they commingle, squalling white noise, fragmented ambience, fractured polyrhythms, and prismatic feedback create atmospheres for suffocation. Monster bass loops can punctate the din, creating ever expanding layers of tension without respite. Its oscillations — between hazy, dirgey riffs and looped, paranoia-inducing, lowrider subs — deliver a thick, sludgy, 21st century kind of “bass music.” “Snakes vs. Rats” is a jaw clencher, with its buzzy, hissing, bubbling bass and feedback machine-gun-fire snare layers, as the guitars sear the seams. The ten-minute-plus “American Dream — the album’s hinge — is a mini soundtrack of black waft, bass string drone, and hinted-at fragmental melodies sans rhythm tracks. “Hell A” and the title cut are mirror images of one another as tension builds, semi-releases, and then ratchets up slowly until it resolves in nerve-shattering dread. Concrete Desert is far from relaxing, but chances are you already gathered that. While it is effective, at nearly 70 minutes, it’s better digested in small doses to better distinguish the multiplicity of textural, dynamic, and sonic strategies at work in individual pieces.

Read More