Out of the plethora of tributary acts that glorify the heydays of UK house and garage comes ARME, a live performance based duo that is here to chart a wild, unexplored area of this imaginary musical map. Arapaima & Empt have teamed up less than 6 months ago and have worked through the sunshine season to bring you their self-titled, 8-track long debut EP just in time for the Indian summer.
Their music is deeply infused with solar energy, soaked in booming percussion, bouncy claps and bursts of cheerful vocals that glide above the punchy basslines. Besides the proper use of these classics, there are a few quirky components (such as the ballroom shouts and Jersey club squeaks) that, juxtaposed with the garage-tinged house frenzy, bring a brand new flavour to the blend.
The duo’s taste-range is very palatable, enabling a straightforward versatility that covers a wide array of genres - Feel It, Dap Dap and Guatemala appeal to any expert ears, Gush and Stay Around exude radio-hit potential while Let’s Go, Want it and So Clean morph into something darker and grittier that shifts the vibe from balearic to bass-heavy. Rounding off this release, it feels like every element of style that ARME employ was specifically designed to bring pure joy and nonchalance into any dark club this winter.