Originally active in 2003-2004 as an abstract dance-oriented offshoot of Warp, Arcola relaunches (just shy of its 15th birthday) as a ltd 12 imprint that uses the format to explore the spaces where contemporary electronic music meets 'club music' in 2018 and beyond.
Rian Treanor has long been a staple of our listening habits since his game-changing sides for The Death Of Rave. Having kept quiet on the release front since the summer of 2016, he sparks off the seventh Arcola with the Contraposition EP.
Showing a darker side to his sound than previous releases, Contraposition's four entries mix subzero tones with a serious techno sensibility. Effortlessly rewiring the twilight sound of UK Garage, Eski rhythms at their most skeletal, and a serotonin-soaked Reinforced style sensibility.
Cut super loud to wax, for those needing touchstone points of reference, we'd liken elements to the work of everyone from Jean-Claude Risset, Jam City, Lorenzo Senni, Optical and Gesloten Cirkel. Yet, the deeper in you go, the more that Contraposition reveals itself to be one of the most original and devastating 12s you are gonna come across this decade or next.