Review: Arca's long teased and awaited KiCK album for XL has arrived packed with collaborations from the likes of Bj?rk, SOPHIE and SHYGIRL, alongside the aggy funk and gun-clacks of Rosalina's "KLK". Adding to the blueprint of what's defining notions of future music right now, Arca's sound with its super-amped electro-acoustics and bass heavy sonic fidelity combines subcultural pop sentiments and classic synth pop in both "Machote" and "Time", with epic collisions of sound, earth shattering bass effects and dynamic tension in its other dance orientated works. With swathes of bass intertwined with transcendental harpsichords and the sass of a fully emancipated artist, Arca continues to push a sound that's still light years ahead.
Review: By now, you should all know the story of Atoms for Peace, the new all-star leftfield rock outfit founded by Thom Yorke and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. Amok is the five-piece's full-length debut, following a couple of well-received singles on XL and 50 Weapons. While there are obvious similarities with the path Radiohead have taken over recent years - curious beats influenced by dubstep and IDM, haunting soundscapes and intoxicating compositions - there's far greater warmth and vibrancy to the songs than some of Yorke's other projects. Ultimately, it sounds like what it is: a bunch of experimental-minded mates getting together to make music. It comes highly recommended.