Arp 101 – Flush review
With heavyweight support from such musical luminaries as Dam Funk, Mary Anne Hobbs, Benji B and FaltyDL, Arp 101 – the alias of D&B producer Alix Perez – first came onto our radar last July with his debut 12” on Alexander Nut’s revered imprint, and later with his remix of Starkey’s “Paradise” from the Space Traitor EP. Employing a warm, woozy, synth-drenched sound, Arp 101 successfully blends gradations of funk, R&B, house and dubstep into a beautiful and unique sonic sketch. Now he returns in 2011 with this glorious follow up Flush EP.
Any devoted Benji B fan will be familiar with the title track by now – a delicious electronic venture with enticing arpeggiated melody, shuffling house rhythms and clicking beats. Erring on the experimental side, Arp 101 lays down a warm, analogue sound, deftly building layered textures which swirl around one another – immediately drawing comparisons to Rustie’s Sunburst EP with blankets of synths wrapped around intricate sonic patterns.
Continuing the journey, aptly named ode “Korg’A’Tron” is another characteristically synth-laden piece. An evocative spaced out intro leading into a bass heavy tune, reminiscent of Joker’s iconic sound of “Tron” and “Purple City”, with that intoxicatingly dark undercurrent, hissing crackles and crunches and sumptuous velvety b-line forming the backbone of the piece. Rounding the EP off with the exclamatory “Ac!d”, it’s all nocturnal electro-funk for the finale in the manner of Jimmy Edgar, with a touch of that multifarious Night Slugs sensibility. Glitchy, wonky and screaming with funked up panache, its bubbling psychedelia and infectious groove make it an essential dancefloor staple for the future.