It was just a couple of weeks back that it happened, a surprisingly hot spring evening much like tonight, but I remember it as clearly as if it was yesterday. I sat out on my patio looking up to the stars when a flash of light came careening across the sky. They say that if you wish three times on a shooting star that your greatest dreams will come to reality. So I did just that, closing my eyes and counting to fifteen, backwards, repeating the star wisher's mantra: “Wish I may, wish I might, shooting star makes wishes right.” 

When I opened them, the only thought in my mind’s eye was for a collaboration between Arca and ROSALÍA. Arca and ROSALÍA. Arca and ROSALÍA. After all, ROSALÍA had just struck gold (especially in my DJ sets, I mean that’s all that matters) with the Gesaffelstein remix of “A Palé” and I wanted MORE collaborations between the Spanish singer and the strangest of producers in the land. So why not the industrial bubble-gum avant-pop of another Barcelona local, Arca?



With the utter beauty of this song, a collaboration between pop and the avant-garde that quite effectively captures all of culture as we know it, I’m now convinced that I have magical powers. It was my wish into the void that brought these two artists into the studio together to create something so special for all of us here today. While “KLK” isn’t quite as DJ set friendly as “A Palé” it is a bit of high strangeness that I’ll gladly listen to on repeat in my headphones. ROSALÍA’s gorgeous flamenco-style singing and pseudo-rapping on the verse adds a depth of emotional resonance to XL Recordings’ experimental electronica release. 

Who knew there could be so much beauty in the world? After all, all it took was Barcelona’s two finest ladies working together. Kick I is set to release on June 26th and is also expected to have collaborations with Bjork and SOPHIE. I didn’t even have to wish for those, just handed them on a silver platter. Dope.

Pride 2020 Emerging Artists & Favorites

From deep within the murky depths of the Los Angeles River emerged a creature: 50% raver, 50% comedian, 10% Robotcop. Kurt Kroeber doesn’t own a dog, operates Soundbleed (the world’s only dance party comedy talk show rave), and is down to party with you. Come up some time and say “Hey dude!” But definitely make sure to casually drop the secret Illuminati password.