The stunning, mind-rearranging, and totally unique &&&&& 25-minute mix/mixtape that Arca released in 2013 was what originally grabbed many people's attention. It's been awesome to see his subsequent rise and rise, culminating with his album Xen and a bunch of production credits on Bjork's new album.
Comparing Xen to &&&&& it still feels as if Arca's work might be best presented in sub-30 minute mix format, the songs bleeding into one another, creating a whole new world with his viciously twisted sounds to totally immerse yourself in. Arca's latest work, a mix for Hood By Air's runway show in Florence, features samples from FKA Twigs, Björk, and Lana Del Rey, and is a poignant mix of beautiful, delicate moments and distorted aggression. Sit back and enjoy a master at work.—Constant Gardner