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Arca – KICK ii (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Arca – KICK ii (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:33:56 minutes | 747 MB | Genre: Experimental Electronic, Art Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © XL Recordings

Kick II (stylized as KICK ii, pronounced as Kick Two) is the fifth studio album by Venezuelan record producer and singer Arca. The album is scheduled to be released on December 3, 2021 through XL Recordings as a continuation to her 2020 record Kick I, complementing the Kick tetralogy. Kick II has been presented with three single so far: “Born Yesterday”, featuring vocals by Australian musician Sia and A / B singles “Prada” and “Rakata”.

Kick II is primarily an electronic, experimental, avant-garde, reggaeton, pop and cumbia album. Album opener “Doña” features “eerie looping vocal mantras and squelching samples” and is “intentionally loose and disorienting, so when that familiar dembow rhythm locks in on the following track, the hypnotic pull is felt instantly”. “Prada” and “Luna Llena” features “dreamy atmospheres float[ing] behind the driving rhythms” and garnered comparisons to Arca’s 2017 self-titled album. The later track turns its “blurry, fuzzy synths, compressed reggaeton bump, and Ghersi’s slow-pouring contralto resemble pining distilled into sound, and the titular image of a full moon feels similarly romantic”. “Araña” is a deconstructed club track that “wiggles and crashes like a toy robot going haywire” and “invites listeners to tune into something resembling the soundtrack to a video game gone wrong”. “Muñecas” is a “a haunting collage featuring contributions from Mica Levi”. “Born Yesterday” is a pop power ballad whose “eerie otherworldly musings are subdued by a hypnotic dancefloor beat on the cusp of dissolution”.

1. Doña (01:46)
2. Prada (02:43)
3. Rakata (02:31)
4. Tiro (02:18)
5. Luna Llena (03:19)
6. Lethargy (02:07)
7. Araña (04:17)
8. Femme (01:42)
9. Muñecas (03:33)
10. Confianza (01:47)
11. Born Yesterday (03:18)
12. Andro (04:35)


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