Arca, the Venezuela-born, London-based producer has released his video for “Sad Bitch,” his latest work with Jesse Kanda. The track is taken from Arca’s debut album Xen, which is now out on Mute.
The “Sad Bitch” video continues his working relationship with Kanda. Since they first met via an online artists community deviantART, Kanda has provided a distinct visual identity to accompany Arca’s equally idiosyncratic music on Xen, creating album artwork as well as videos for tracks “Thievery” and “Xen.” Previously the partnership had produced works such as the pair’s TRAUMA series and Arca’s &&&&& mixtape.
Arca also recently released a digital deluxe version of his album – titled Xen (????? Edition) –featuring Kanda’s videos plus music that had previously been available only via the long sold-out, limited edition, deluxe vinyl version of the album.
Arca also spent much of 2014 proudly collaborating with Bjork as co-producer on her new album Vulnicura. The pair continued to work together in 2015, as Arca joined Bjork’s live band for her debut Vulnicura shows in New York. Arca also soundtracked Hood By Air’s headline fashion show at the Pitti Uomo 87 event in Florence, Italy this year. Titled Sheep, the bespoke musical score was performed live on the night and then subsequently released as a free download via Soundcloud.
Meanwhile, Arca and Jesse Kanda have just announced a London live show at St. John at Hackney Church on June 12, with support from Inga Copeland. This will be the pair’s first London show since their much talked-about appearance at the ICA in November 2014.
Arca is fresh off two shows in the US, at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and LA’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery, returning to Europe later this month for a DJ set at Berlin’s Berghain before a series of live dates including Sonar and the Manchester International Festival.
ARCA LIVE & DJ DATES 2015
April 24 – Berghain, Berlin, Germany (DJ set)
May 1 – Donau Festival, Austria
June 12 – St. John’s Church, Hackney, London
June 18-20 – Sonar, Barcelona, Spain
July 4 – Manchester International Festival, UK – SOLD OUT