Bloggers love to compare a new artist to James Blake or Mount Kimbie don’t they? The mere mention of the godfathers of ‘Post-Dubstep’ immediately evokes the sound of brooding, chopped up vocals accompanying down-tempo, layered and staccato beats. It’s tempting to do the same here but why do William Arcane the disservice of lazy name-dropping? We also realise that mentioning the above names has, by association, made the link anyway so the whole introduction has become rather counterproductive. Well anyway, the seeds have been sown for a introduction to this South London producer who popped into our inbox yesterday afternoon.
Out of principle, we’re going to make a different comparison, to the recent remix Koreless did of Foals. Those echoing vocals Willaim Arcane lays down ontop of the dripping beat in Not The Only One is scarily similar to how Yannis’s vocals were treated in the rework of Late Night. Whether or not he was going for that effect, he’s created a rather lovely, melancholy jam. Want Somebody puts a bit of distance between the above comparison with a more dancefloor-oriented second half, but still retains the intricate production that has got us very interested to hear the rest of the EP.
Both tracks are taken off William Arcane’s Permanence EP, out on 10th June through Pictures Music also, coincidentally, home of Koreless.