Hanging On The Wall EP

by Dark Arps

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The Wheel 06:43
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Come On In! 06:57

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The EP starts off with its title track. "Hanging on the Wall" contrasts progressive techno basslines, shaped by signature Dark Arps grime LFO-controlled synths, with dark eastern melodies, and a mysterious vocal line that draws the listener into its world. "Biggest House in Town" blends bleepy synths and thick pads over a pounding straight 16 beat and choppy, acid-inspired basslines, with enough snarl to put the fear of God into wildlife. The track has a hypnotic groove for the first half, but a change four minutes in adds a manic intensity to its rising melodies.

"The Wheel" has a slightly softer beat, laced with quirky pops and delayed British vocal samples that give it a heady feel. Its crisp sounds percolate until the two-minute mark, when a techy bassline takes it to a heavier place, peaking with intense bad boy vocal manipulations and the "yeah / woo" from "Think (About It)" by Lyn Collins (the sample made famous by the Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock classic "It Takes Two"… DJ Shadow would approve). "Come on In!" rounds out the EP with more of a sci-fi sound. Its pensive pads, menacing synth lead, and whooshing, tribal beat gives it such ferocity. It would have been perfect for a Matrix soundtrack. In these four barnburners alone, Bierman proves that his ranking as one of Vancouver's finest knob-twiddlers was well earned.

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released December 5, 2013

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Dark Arps Vancouver, British Columbia

Dynamic, emotively powerful, deep and progressive, Dark Arps builds contrasting vibes of tension and optimism with crescendos of visceral energy in his music. A blend of percussive broken beat and techno underpins dark, razor-sharp melodies with progressive hooks and basslines. He delivers a sound that is simultaneously ominous and uplifting, reflecting the disturbing turbulence of our time. ... more

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