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.
Over the past several years, Timbah has experimented with a number of oversized sonic aesthetics, a balancing act of grime, bassline, funky and dubstep that could hardly be considered restrained. It’s this busy, sometimes overbearing sound that has seen the Nottingham-based producer draw favor from the likes of Kahn and Madam X and release on labels like Bad Taste and Tumble Audio (his latest home). The No Bootlegs EP is the latest Timbah effort and continues a stream of braggadocious lift-off riddims, replete with enough outsized effects, eski moments and raw bassline energy for a career of releases. Remixes from Checan and Sentiment top off the package, which is out now on Tumble Audio.