With releases on Liminal Sounds and Coyote Records, Melbourne-based producer Arctic has pushed a number of our buttons, releasing the sort of in-your-face grime that necessarily balances out the release-length crescendos of more orchestral-focused producers. And because Arctic’s aesthetic leanings fall more towards drum & bass than, say, Jersey club or Japanese video game music, his output on the aforementioned labels is even more refreshing. On January 19, Arctic will take his talents to Nottingham’s formidable Tumble Audio imprint, home to artists like Timbah, Boofy, Killjoy and more. The I Wish I Owned A Magic Carpet EP is definitely progression in quality for the Melbourne producer and a more-than-suitable release for Tumble Audio considering their release history. The title track, premiered below, is also the EP’s highlight, an Aladdin-sampling roller that has already garnered attention from Mumdance, Oneman, Amy Becker and more. “I Wish I Owned A Magic Carpet” is exactly the sort of soundsystem culture kitsch that works, an expertly produced piece of industrial, gunfinger-waving grime that is as fun as it is outrageously to the brink of what club music is and can be. The rest of the EP hits just as hard, a series of wildly infectious bassline and bassline-inspired groovers. Find the tack list for I Wish I Owned A Magic Carpet after the jump and check out Tumble Audio on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.
1. I Wish I Owned A Magic Carpet
4. Be The Best MC
5. Takin It Back