arcola presents mwr157 contains 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 arrives on arcola with crab suite, a new ep that sets out to explore otherworldly territories through four apocalyptic-dub transmissions that share psychic space with the work of shackleton, basic channel, m.e.s.h. and raime.
ethiopian records aka endeguena mulu’s arcola 12” ye feqer edaye / የ,ፍ,ቅ,ር, እ,ዳ,ዬ, 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 presents his arcola debut, sɪ,,,,,ŋ,,,,,krɪ,,,,,tɪ,,,,,zə,,,,,m. 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.
one time pressing of 500 copies
made in the designers republic
mastered by beau thomas at ten eight seven
nkisi loads up a four-track cartridge of blistering hardstep gabba/techno for arcola with the dark orchestra. with previous physical releases being cut across a near impossible to find whitelabel 12” for mw and contributions to co-non worldwide founder chino amobi’s paradiso (the wire magazine’s no. 1 album of 2017), the dark orchestra is set to be one of the most imperative charges from both nkisi and the non-faction yet.
cut super loud to wax, for those needing touchstone points of reference, we d liken elements to the work of everyone from jean-claude risset, jam city, lorenzo senni, optical and gesloten cirkel. yet, the deeper in you go, the more that contraposition reveals itself to be one of the most original and devastating 12inchs you are gonna come across this decade or next.
welcome to another chrome-plated arcola curveball, this time in the form of a trio of the moodiest cyber steppers from the shadowy levl. somewhere in an ai ether, faded pirate radio transmissions merged with drowsy half-memories of metal gear solid and gained sentience. the results are subtle yet sublime, a masterful combination of percussion and atmosphere to get truly lost within. these three shots of cave-dwelling soundsystem mutation are as evocative as they are insular and in the midst of these uncertain days you may just find you need them in your life.