Arca –「Self Defense」

Arca –「Self Defense」

Arca's new song demonstrates the return of the platinum outsider to the New York dancefloor.

UNO NYC is this New York label that has been getting a lot of heat in recent months, thanks to the release of several sterling examples of genre-bending shimmers that sound super odd when you’re sitting at a laptop, yet perfect when you’re up in the dance.

The latest is Arca’s 「Self Defense」. He’s a Venezuela-born producer that’s released a few free bits for free and makes super-disorientating, super-minimal rap music. It recalls of a few producers from London’s great dance explosion – the genuine outliers like Actress, Jam City and Zomby rather than the landfill Ollys and Dans that cover the scene – in its ability to conceive of sound artfully and explore tension, colour and abstraction while still remaining body-orientated. But to get a real sense of where this music comes from, I think you have to go back to Ze Records for a time when dance was this alive with the joy of creating music so artful, experimental, muli-cultural and all-embracing. You should absolutely listen to this, in other words.