Electronic festival Sónar have announced 40 new names for the Barcelona festival taking place in the city on June 15th to 17th, split into two locations, day and night.

New names announced include:

  • Anderson .Paak
  • Arca
  • DJ Shadow
  • Soulwax
  • AJ Tracey
  • Benji B
  • Carl Craig vs. Synthesizer Ensemble
  • Daphni and Hunee
  • Evian Christ
  • Jon Hopkins (DJ set)
  • Heidi
  • Little Dragon
  • Lunice
  • Marie Davidson
  • Nico Muhly
  • Optimo
  • Prins Thomas
  • Roosevelt
  • Seth Troxler & Tiga (6 hour set)
  • Vitalic

Previously announced artists include:

  • Justice
  • Nicolas Jaar
  • Moderat
  • Eric Prydz
  • De La Soul
  • Fat Freddy’s Drop
  • Nina Kraviz
  • The Black Madonna
  • Clams Casino
  • Cashmere Cat
  • Damian Lazarus
  • Nosaj Thing
  • Forest Swords
  • Nadia Rose
  • MC Tommy Cash

Ticket info.

Posted on January 24th, 2017

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. Here’s what I played last night. My review of Airwaves is all here.


 Part one

New Order- Tutti Frutti
Vök – Waterfall
Augustus & John – There Goes My Train
Grimes – Realiti
Nao – Golden
Reykjavíkurdætur – Reykjavíkurdætur
Hundred Waters – Down From the Rafters (Huxley Remix)
Braids – Blondie
Banks – Better
Glass Animals & Joey Bada$$ – Lose Control

 Part two

Santigold – Can’t Get Enough of Myself (feat. B.C)
The Fixx – One Thing Leads to Another
Sheer Mag – Fan The Flames
Shura – White Light
Hot Chip – Love Is The Future
Richard Egan- Never Seen You
Roisin Murphy – Evil Eyes
Slove – Le Danse
East of My Youth – Only Lover
Sophie – Nothing More to Say (Vox)
Grimes – Venus Fly feat. Janelle Monáe
Overcoats – Smaller Than My Mother
Saint Sister – Blood Moon

Cut Once – Playing With Fire
Para One – Girlhood
Bicep & Hammer – Dahlia

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on November 13th, 2015

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. Here’s what I played last night. The second hour was a Halloween spesh:

Listen: Hour One | Hour Two


 Part one

  1. Grimes – Flesh without Blood
  2. Jack Garratt – Breathe Life
  3. New Order – Tutti Frutti
  4. Chance The Rapper – Angels
  5. Mura Masa – Love for That (feat. Shura)
  6. Hælos – Pray
  7. Julio Bashmore  – Rhythm Of Auld (feat. J’Danna)
  8. Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing
  9. Hot Chip – Dancing in the Dark
  10. Elephant  – 14 Crows
  11. Roots Manuva – Don’t Breathe Out
  12. Augustus & John – Ombre

 Part two – Halloween Special

  1. Mica Levi – Love
  2. Symmetry – Blood Sport
  3. Psyche – The Saint Became A Lush
  4. John Carpenter – Night
  5. The Knife – The Captain
  6. Disasterpeace – Title
  7. Arca – Held Apart
  8. Burial – In McDonalds
  9. Visionist & Fatima Al Qadiri – The Call
  10. Zomby – Bloom
  11. Jamie xx –  Loud Places (Mike Simonetti Dark Places Remix)
  12. Forrests –  Teeth
  13. Forest Swords – Thor’s Stone
  14. Ray Mang – Look Into My Eyes

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on October 30th, 2015

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I spend most of my day listening to music of all tempos and styles, so when I get close to the night, and bed is calling, I rarely put on music. I used to fall asleep with headphones in my ears but those times are gone and sleep is more precious. Occasionally, my head will be buzzing too much with work and plans that I can’t relax. Music can help then.

Here’s a 3-hour Spotify playlist featuring music for such an occasion, for sleep-inducing, quiet times, for background noise, for night-marches into a deep consciousness or whatever you’re having your self.

It features music, ambient, atmospheric and minimal from Aphex Twin, M83, Brian Eno, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Jon Hopkins, Ebauche, Burial, John Foxx, Julianna Barwick, Tangerine Dream, Air, Stars Of The Lid, Boards Of Canada, Harold Budd, Laraaji, Arca, Nils Frahm and more. It will be updated again in future so subscribe. In the meantime, press shuffle and drift off when appropriate.

Next up on the themed playlists? Halloween, Running, morning time or something else? Let me know.

Listen to the ambient playlist

Nialler9 on Spotify.

Posted on October 22nd, 2015

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. Here’s what I played last night:

Listen: Hour One | Hour Two


 Part one

  1. Empress Of – How Do You Do It
  2. TPM  – All The Boys on The Dole
  3. Girls Names – Chrome Rose
  4. Erykah Badu – Hotline Bling
  5. Glass Animals & Joey Bada$$ – Lose Control (Radio Edit)
  6. Kisses – A Groove
  7. Katie Laffan – Ego
  8. Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi  – Shapeless
  9. Saint Sister – Blood Moon
  10. Sorcha Richardson – Petrol Station
  11. Mano Le Tough – Empty Early Years and the Seed
  12. Jamie xx SeeSaw –  (featuring Romy)

  Part two

  1. Conor Walsh –  The Front
  2. Låpsley – Burn
  3. John Grant – You & Him
  4. Sales – Renee
  5. Tame Impala – The Less I Know the Better
  6. Kelela – Rewind
  7. Leon Bridges – Better Man
  8. Owiny Sigoma Band  – I Made You / You Made Me
  9. Raury – Forbidden Knowledge (feat. Big K.R.I.T.)
  10. Iglooghost – Gold Coat feat. Cuushe
  11. Wiley & Zomby – Step 2001
  12. Stormzy –  Shut Up
  13. Warriors Of The Dystotheque – Hashtag
  14. Oh Wonder – Landslide
  15. Mac Demarco – The Way You’d Love Her
  16. Majical Cloudz  – Downtown

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on October 16th, 2015

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These songs represent my favourite 10 tracks of the last week but there’s plenty more besides. The new music playlist is available on Spotify and Apple Music and is updated weekly.

New music chart

  1. Erykah Badu – ‘Hotline Bling But You Cain’t Use My Phone mix’
  2. Glass Animals & Joey Bada$$ – ‘Lose Control’
  3. The Drink – ‘No Memory’
  4. Murlo – ‘Moodswung’
  5. Arca – ‘Soichira’
  6. Owensie – ‘Dramamine’
  7. Run The Jewels – ‘Rubbe Kings Theme’
  8. Raury – ‘Forbidden Knowledge’ ft. Big K.R.I.T.
  9. Ficci – ‘Lost’
  10. Iglooghost – ‘Gold Coat’ feat. Cuushe

Extended new music playlist:

Like your new music on Spotify instead? Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist. Updated weekly.

Spotify playlist

 

Posted on October 12th, 2015

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. Here’s what I played last night:

Listen: Hour One | Hour Two


 Part one

  1. Roosevelt – Night Moves
  2. Neon Indian –  Annie
  3. Roots Manuva –  Don’t Breathe Out
  4. The Drink – No Memory
  5. ODESZA – Light (feat. Little Dragon)
  6. Owensie – Dramamine
  7. Courtney Barnett – Depreston
  8. Saint Sister –  Madrid
  9. Daughter – Doing the Right Thing
  10. #tbt: Chromeo – Hot Mess Ft Elly Jackson
  11. Hot Chip – Huarache Lights (Soulwax Remix)
  12. Evvol – Your Love

  Part two

  1. Glass Animals & Joey Bada$$ – Lose Control
  2. Rejjie Snow –  Blakkstskn feat Rae Morris (prod. Kaytranada)
  3. Run The Jewels – Rubble Kings (Dynamite On The Street)
  4. Seven Davis Jr – Good Vibes feat. Julio Bashmore
  5. Neneh Cherry & The Circuit – Dead Come Alive
  6. Floating Points – Nespole
  7. Murlo – Moodswung
  8. FKA twigs – Hide
  9. Kelela – Rewind
  10. Arca – Soichiro
  11. IYVES – Wilinout
  12. Ficci – lost
  13. New Order – Plastic
  14. Joanna Newsom – Leaving the City

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on October 9th, 2015

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Kelela is releasing a deluxe vinyl version of her Cut 4 Me mixtape on Fade To Mind next month but the LA singer also has a new EP called Hallucinogen on the way too.

The EP was entirely produced by Arca who Kelela met “on a boat” in 2012. “We sought one another out across a dance floor and within five minutes agreed to meet each other as soon as possible to collaborate,” she says. “I had one song released to my name and had just heard one of his mixes, but we knew we’d found something in one another. We spent the next three days, 14 hours a day talking about our artistic visions and how it intersected with our personal lives, making songs that reflected that while dancing around the room to let it all out. ”

‘A Message’ is the slow-moving aquatic R&B opener, a song about “the despair that I was experiencing at the time,” says Kelela. To that end, the raw emotion is felt in the video, directed by Daniel Sannwald, in which Kelela cuts off her dreads. A debut album is also due this year.

Kelela is playing Forbidden Fruit too.

Posted on March 5th, 2015

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Yesterday, Björk announced her new album Vulnicura for a March release with a short handwritten note that announced the release with some small details including that two of the songs were co-written with the Venezuelan producer Arca and one by The Haxan Cloak alongside Arca.

The name John Flynn also appears as a cowrite on one of the tracks, which is cool and odd because Mr Flynn is a little-known Irish producer who operates under the name Spaces, who was formerly a part of Alphabet Set act Solen (who did a great Wu Tang / Autechre mix years back). He helped out with the album’s last track ‘Quicksand’.

Quite how the musician with a scant number of tracks and gigs ended up on the new Björk album isn’t quite clear but it was suggested to me by Kaboogie’s Sixfoot Apprentice that it may have come about from the lady listening to Spaces‘ recent release on Bleep which has ties to Warp Records of course.

Either way, that’s a cool and random Irish music related bit of trivia.

6 songs written by björk, 2 songs co-written with arca, 1 with john flynn
string arrangements by björk
6 songs produced by björk & arca, 1 by björk & arca & the haxan cloak, 2 by björk
mixed by the haxan cloak except 2 songs mixed by the haxan cloak and chris elms
mastered by mandy parnell

Vulnicura Tracklist

1 ‘Stonemilker’
2 ‘Lionsong’
3 ‘History Of Touches’
4 ‘Black Lake’
5 ‘Family’
6 ‘Notget’
7 ‘Atom Dance’
8 ‘Mouth Mantra’
9 ‘Quicksand’

Here’s the recent Spaces EP:

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Posted on January 14th, 2015

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Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.


 

Best of 2014 : Albums | Songs | Readers Irish albums | Readers Irish songs | Remixes | Videos 


 

The pairing of music and visuals is something I’ve always enjoyed but the concept of a music video has obviously changed in the last ten years. There are of course, still concepts, themes, ideas, techniques and executions that lift a song into another realm but there’s also so much video content out there now, that there are plenty of live video and TV performances, vignettes, parodies, and short documentaries around music that did the same thing a music video is supposed to do: to put the artist in front of more people. Here are 20 of my favourite “music videos” of this year.

Hit page 3 for a Youtube playlist.


20. DJ Rashad – ‘She A Go’

Video by: Peter Greenless

The world sadly lost the Chicago footwork DJ Rashad this year to drugs. His music existed in a discombobulating place alongside his partner Spinn. This fan-video for ‘She A Go’ used stock video footage of office life to do the same thing constructing a hyper-real experience in the process.


19. Angel Olsen – ‘Hi-Five’

Video by: Zia Anger

The singer Angel Olsen returned with Burn Your Fire For No Witness, her second album, which had a throwback rock feel. Suitably, the video feels like its beamed from another time via its filmic cinematography and Olsen’s movements specifically are inspired by choreographed studio performances from female pop stars of old, of which the director said “were always so wild and psychedelic and humorous from afar. The more you watch them, the more wooden and awkward the performances become. There is a certain loneliness captured. The song ‘Hi-Five’ seems to contain the same sort of duality.”


18. Ibeyi – ‘River’

Video by: Ed Morris

The recent introduction of the Chromecast to the home entertainment system has meant more space and time for music videos on a larger screen. After seeing these girls perform at Other Voices last week, I watched this video again, noticing how the French-Cuban twins are held down by male hands under water, how they hold their breath for long periods of time, the dead-eyed stare and the on-time lip syncing at the centre of all of this deceptively simple concept.


17. Compassion Crew – ‘Masters Of The Gentlemanly Art’

Video by: Simon Landrein

Dance music can be a perfect vehicle for a wide-open music video narrative and Simon Landrein lets his animation and imagination run wild on a stylistic train journey full of suggestion to match the chugging rough house track from the Irish producer.


16. Clu – ‘Mirrors’

Video by: Kevin Freeney

The Dublin duo of Sean Cooley and Kevin A. Freeney, Clu, have always put their electronic music and visual work on a par and on ‘Mirrors’, they’ve nailed both. It’s a complementary collaboration that transcends a typical visual tacked on to music setup. The video directed by Freeney serves as a chassis for a potent mix of music (an amalgamation of bass / garage / post-dubstep) , visual (cinematic sumptuous imagery), interpretive dancing and colour that makes for an impressive display of art in total.


15. Katharine Phillippa – Live at TedX

Video by: TedXStormont

The Belfast-based musician performs two songs with the help of a loop station, a bow, a drum, a keyboard, a laptop and an author’s intensity that leaps through the screen.


14. John Grant – ‘Glacier’

Video by: Jubilee Starter

With the upcoming Marriage Referendum in May next year, single-sex marriage will go to a public vote. It’s an incremental attempt at recognising the rights of the people in this country and should pass because who are you or are I to say to someone – “no, you’re love is not the same as mine” or “no, your love is not valid” or “no, your love isn’t something to be celebrated or recognised.”

In that context, ‘Glacier’, a song from the gentle giant John Grant who has battled with his identity and control and who has been made to feel bad for who he is, eloquently addresses those struggling with their sexual identity – “This pain, it is a glacier moving through you, carving out deep valleys and creating spectacular landscapes,” goes the chorus.

The video serves as a brief history lesson of the journey for that recognition of gay rights over the years juxtaposing chronological footage of the American gay rights movement, newspaper headlines, and pop culture to leave you with a stirring narrative of the journey so far. Here you can donate to the Marriage Equality campaign for 2015.


13. Vic Mensa – ‘Down On My Luck’

Video by: Ben Dickinson at Ghost Robot.

There’s a wrong decision at every turn. This video shows the possibilities.


12. Ratking – ‘Canal’

Video by: Eric K

A video that simultaneously captures the grimey decay of New York City while making the trio look cool as fuck.


11. We Are Shining feat. Eliza Doolittle – ‘Killing’

Video by: unknown. Knife thrower: John Taylor. Dancer: Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus,

Can you watch this without losing your shit?


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Posted on December 17th, 2014

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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in, right after the news in each hour. Click the buttons to launch the TXFM site autoplaying links.

HOUR ONE

  1. Ibeyi  – ‘River’
  2. Sampha –  ‘Too Much’
  3. Oh Wonder – ‘All We Do’
  4. Jape – ‘Seance Of Light’
  5. Purity Ring –  ‘Push Pull’
  6. Portable –  ‘Surrender (feat. Lcio)’
  7. Young Fathers –  ‘Soon Come Soon’
  8. All We Are –  ‘I Wear You’
  9. Future Islands – ‘Seasons’ (Waiting On You) [BADBADNOTGOOD Reinterpretation]
  10. Sharon Van Etten –  ‘Our Love’
  11. Arca – ‘Wound’
  12. Bonobo – ‘Flashlight’
  13. Wu-Tang Clan –  ‘A Better Tomorrow’

Listen part 1

 

HOUR TWO

  1. Ariel Pink  – ‘Black Ballerina’
  2. Azealia Banks –  ‘Chasing Time’ (Max Tundra Remix)
  3. Diplo – ‘Diplo Rhythm’ (feat. Vybz Cartel, Pantera Os Danadinhos & Sandra Melody)
  4. Shamir – ‘On the Regular’
  5. Boot & Tax – ‘Confuzed House’
  6. Martyn & Four Tet – ‘Glassbeadgames’
  7. Hubie Davison – ‘Get On’
  8. R.Seiliog – ‘Mt. Essa’
  9. R.S.A.G.  – ‘Don’t Move So Fast’
  10. George Maple –  ‘Vacant Space’
  11. Floating Points – ‘Nuits Sonores’

Listen part 2

Posted on December 5th, 2014

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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in, right after the news in each hour. Click the buttons to launch the TXFM site autoplaying links.

HOUR ONE

  1. Caribou – ‘Mars’
  2. CHVRCHES – ‘Dead Air’
  3. Future Islands – ‘Spirit’
  4. Jape – ‘The Heart’s Desire’
  5. Oh Wonder – ‘Dazzle’
  6. Women’s Christmas – ”Chalklines’
  7. Deers – ‘Between Cans’
  8. KStewart – ‘Close Enough’
  9. Billie Black x Mura Masa – ‘Simple Pleasure’
  10. Lapsley – ‘Falling Short’
  11. Bondax – ‘All I See’
  12. Dorian Concept – ‘Trophies’
  13. Run the Jewels – ‘Early’

HOUR TWO

  1. Kleerup & Susanne Sundfør – ‘Let Me In’
  2. TIGA – ‘Bugatti (feat. Pusha T)’
  3. TALA – ‘Alchemy’
  4. Burial – ‘Lambeth’
  5. Julio Bashmore – ‘Simple Love featuring J Danna’
  6. Bicep & The Hammer ‘I Believe’
  7. New Jackson – ‘Having A Coke With You’
  8. Arca – ‘Slit Thru’
  9. Tei Shi – ‘See Me’
  10. Aquilo – ‘Human’
  11. Sylas – ‘Shore’
  12. Marika Hackman – ‘Drown’

Posted on November 7th, 2014

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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in, right after the news in each hour. Click the buttons to launch the TXFM site autoplaying links.

HOUR ONE

  1. Young Fathers – Low
  2. Sea Pinks – Dream Happening
  3. D.D Dumbo – Tropical Oceans
  4. Luh – Unites
  5. Oceaán – Veritas
  6. Halos – Dust
  7. Kaytranada – Leave Me Alone (feat. Shay Lia)
  8. Run The Jewels – Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) (Feat. Zack De La Rocha)
  9. #THROWBACKTHURSDAY: Company Flow – 8 Steps To Perfection
  10. Dorian Concept- The Few
  11. Daniel Avery – All I Need (Remixed by Roman Flügel)

HOUR TWO

  1. Kiasmos – Looped
  2. SCNTST – Velour
  3. Ratking – Canal
  4. clipping. – Work Work (Feat. Cocc Pistol Cree)
  5. SUMMONING OF THE SAMHAIN:
    Symmetry – Blood Sport
  6. Goblin  – Tenebre (Main Title)
  7. VHS Head – Red Lens Effect
  8. Zomby – Soliloquy
  9. Nguzunguzu – Vision of Completion
  10. The SM Corporation – Hammer
  11. Arca – Slit Thru
  12. Objekt – Second Witness
  13. Moiré – Attitude
  14. Clu – Mirrors

Posted on October 31st, 2014

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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlist on Spotify | Youtube | Soundcloud

The chart

  1. The 2 Bears – ‘Not This Time’
  2. SBTRKT feat. Raury – ‘Higher’
  3. Alt-J – ‘Warm Foothills’
  4. Flying Lotus – ‘Never Catch Me’ (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  5. Run The Jewels – ‘Oh My Darling Don’t Cry’
  6. Mr Twin Sister – ‘In The House Of Yes’
  7. Aphex Twin – ‘produk 29 [101]‘
  8. Octave Minds – ‘Tap Dance’ feat. Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment
  9. Arca – ‘Thievery’
  10. Hey QT – ‘Hey QT’
  11. The Juan MacLean – ‘Here I Am’
  12. little xs for eyes – ‘Love Gets Lost’
  13. Voids – ‘Begin’
  14. Peaking Lights – ‘Everyone and Us’
  15. Cooly G – ‘Wait Til’ Night’
  16. Lapalux – ‘Movement I, II & III’
  17. Planet Parade – ‘You’ll Be Sorry’
  18. Julio Bashmore – Simple Love Feat J’Danna
  19. Bluntman Deejay – ‘Astat (Real)
  20. Speed Of Snakes – ‘Backbone of Night’
  21. Slow Skies – ‘Ice Field’
  22. Laura Doggett – ‘Phoenix’
  23. SOAK – ‘B A noBody’
  24. Hozier – ‘Jackie & Wilson’
  25. TĀLĀ – ‘Black Scorpio
  26. Prince – ‘Clouds’
  27. Call Super – ‘Sulu Sekou’
  28. The Hard Ground – ‘Deep in Green’
  29. Mansionair – ‘Hold Me Down’
  30. Dimman – ‘Sigmal’

Posted on October 1st, 2014

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Arca’s ‘Thievery’ track is one that gets under your skin. For the video for the song from his Xen album out October 31st here, there is loads of skin on display, as a naked digitised dancer writhes convincingly enough to reality to fool your brain into thinking you’re watching something real and explicit. There are moments of complete unreality embedded in the video too.

Arca is the Venezuelan producer Alejandro Ghersi and the video is by Jesse Kanda (see her FKA Twigs video, a close cornerstone in style to this). There’s a story with him in The Fader.

In explanation of the video:

While Xen is an album of mercurial forms, fluxing unpredictably from smooth to spiked to sweet, Xen is also a girl whose skin ripples and twists as she dances. Arca is Alejandro Ghersi, who, in turn, is also Xen: a meta-modern self-projection, embodying a side of Arca that had previously been hidden by a producer who’s so far remained one of the most intriguing enigmas in recent electronic music.

ARCA TOUR DATES

27th November        ICA, London
28th November        Rotonde, Brussels
1st December          Point Ephemere, Paris
4th December          OT301, Amsterdam
5th December          Kantine/Berghain, Berlin

Posted on September 30th, 2014

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