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&&&&&
Arca mixtape.jpg
Mixtape by Arca
Released July 23, 2013 (2013-07-23)
Genre
Length 25:34
Label
Producer Arca
Arca chronology
Stretch 2
(2012)Stretch 22012
&&&&&
(2013)
Xen
(2014)Xen2014
Alternative cover
Cover art of the vinyl release
Cover art of the vinyl release

&&&&& is the debut mixtape by Venezuelan electronic producer Arca. It was released on 23 July 2013 through Hippos in Tanks and SoundCloud.[1][2] Even though 14 tracks are listed, the entire mixtape is in sequence as a single track.[3] A vinyl release of the mixtape with an alternative album cover was released on January 2014 and was limited to 500 copies.[4]

Composition[edit]

&&&&& is an experimental electronic record with influences of dub, hip-hop, grime and ambient music.[1][5] Stereogum described the record as "even darker and denser" than Arca's two previous Stretch EPs.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[1]
No Ripcord 8/10[7]

&&&&& received critical acclaim from music critics.[8] Tiny Mix Tapes says the mixtape "has the potential to conjure an emotional frenzy that’s alluring to the senses in a way that so much electronic artistry fails to even approach."[1] No Ripcord praised the mixtape for "its density, its intensity, its I'm-lost-in-a-big-city feel, its warm gust of beats blowing while the subway comes squeaking into the station, its darkness, its late-night ecstasy, its rawness, its rawness like raw milk, like drinking raw milk or eating sushi in an inexpensive restaurant somewhere on a street with trash and tweakers, its little motifs that twinkle like stars or Christmas lights, its muscular compactness."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Arca.

No. Title Length
1. "Knot" 2:13
2. "Harness" 1:53
3. "Fossil" 1:50
4. "Feminine" 0:35
5. "Anaesthetic" 2:09
6. "Coin" 2:15
7. "Century" 1:15
8. "Mother" 1:15
9. "Hallucinogen" 2:06
10. "Pinch" 1:37
11. "DM True" 2:19
12. "Waste" 2:34
13. "Pure Anna" 0:47
14. "Obelisk" 2:47
Total length: 25:34

Personnel[edit]

  • Arca – production
  • Jesse Kanda – artwork

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Arca – &&&&&". Tiny Mix Tapes. 
  2. ^ "&&&&& on SoundCloud". Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Download Arca's "&&&&&"". Complex. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Arca (4) – &&&&&". Discogs. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  5. ^ Cliff, Aimee. "Arca – &&&&& [mixtape]". www.dummymag.com. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Download Arca &&&&&". Stereogum. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Iovino, Michael (September 2, 2016). "Arca: &&&&& – Music Review – No Ripcord". No Ripcord. 
  8. ^ Dazed (2014-03-18). "Arca and Jesse Kanda release nightmarish new video". Dazed. Retrieved 2017-04-13. 

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