“the record to elevate her from electronic music’s experimental sandbox to pop music’s vanguard” – Pitchfork
“KiCk i feels like her breakout moment, a well-deserved coronation” – Stereogum
“a perfect piece of modern pop” – BBC Radio 6Music (Time)
Today Arca has premiered a new single ‘Mequetrefe,’ featured on her upcoming album KiCk i, due out June 26th (w/ vinyl available on July 17th) on XL Recordings / Remote Control Records.
In Arca’s own words, “the song “Mequetrefe” invokes the tenderness behind expressing who you are without shame, and the confidence and bravery it requires, because expression of gender-nonconforming self-states in a public space can often result in static within your environment.” A word that Arca heard growing up in Venezuela, it was more commonly used in a derogatory way towards men, but here Arca suggests flipping the script on the colloquial use of “mequetrefe” to portray a new archetype of masculinity and the results shines through on this club track that shimmers with trippy fractal beauty.
Arca,KiCk i defines a new era of multiplex harmony for the Venezuelan artist, singer, DJ, performer and experimental music composer. With appearances from Björk, Rosalía,Shygirl and SOPHIE, this is the first time Arca has invited collaborators into her world, previously having lent her sound to some of the decades most avant-pop artists. To introduce the project, she first shared ‘Nonbinary‘ and her single ‘Time,‘ which is featured in Chanel’s new short-film HERE, presenting their 2020/21 Cruise Collection. With them. declaring, “Arca’s work is beyond innovative…her vision for the future of pop is so thrilling,” and Pitchfork noting Arca’s ability to “continue to create a singular world,” Arca, a nonbinary Latinx transwoman, is redefining the role of the diva for a new generation.
Ahead of June 26th releases: Pre-add KiCk i in advance of its release and enter-to-win the heels Arca wore in the ‘Anoche’ music video. More information on her IG HERE, enter to win HERE.
Ahead of and on July 17th: KiCk i will be available on vinyl (single LP in a gatefold jacket, with a 16-page booklet of original art by Arca) and CD (in a black trigger ejector case). Also special KiCk i vinyl bundles will be available with t-shirts featuring album artwork by Carlota Guerrero and Nonbinary visual by Frederik Heyman. More available at Arca’s new merch store HERE.
Arca – KiCk i is out digitally on June 26, physically on July 17
via XL Recordings / Remote Control.
The Arca Patreon Mutants is now active with more intimate access to the world of Arca, featuring a monthly ASMR stream ‘for your aural pleasure’ and a granting the Mutant role for all patrons. Having Mutant access to the Arca #Mutants1000000 Discord server allows one to join an intimate chat channel Arca frequents and admins. In addition, transmissions are now regularly streaming live via DiVa ExPeRiMeNtAL FM on Arca’s Twitch channel; Conversations and community are generating on the ‘Mutants1000000’ Discord server which is free and secure; the Arca Patreon serves as a node through which you can become a collaborator, a producer, a supporter, an ally of Arca’s ongoing practice. Check out the links below to learn more: