06th May 2013
12″ & digital
Mote-Evolver welcomes back Psyk (aka Manuel Años) after his strong label debut release, Distane. For his second Mote-Evolver release, Psyk delivers yet another standout effort with four tool-oriented tracks of clean, tight, yet po- werful minimalistic approach.
The title track “Arcade” that opens the EP contrasts high-energy thumping drumbeat with a hypnotic layer of syncopa- ted rhythm. Its movement and development is subtle and organic, but at the same time skillfully elevates the energy with joining clapping beat and hi-hats. Following “Surface” will stay in your mind with its obsessive singularity of mo- notone balanced with the groove of muted heavy beat. It’s a moody number that grabs the listeners’ attention with certain tenacity that stays throughout the track.
One might find B-side of Arcade EP slightly funkier; “Intern” is meshed with lighter elements like beeping sounds and clapping, adding refreshing vibe to the EP. However the carefully crafted dynamic and the simple, pure, and fun personality of “Intern” assures that it’s no less powerful tool for the dancefloor. The last track “Somewhere” is perhaps the grooviest track of Arcade EP, thanks to the deep dark dubby bass that’s setting the tone properly from the very beginning. Psyk tames the high energy into a relaxed atmosphere for “Somewhere”, giving a breathing room for emo- tion that draws you deeply into the euphoric moment. With Arcade EP, Psyk is clearly not shying away from showca- sing his skill of honing the diverse mood and texture of highly functional techno.