From stunning beaches, to delivering some of the most pivotal tracks across the festival season, SUNANDBASS have helped define the soundtrack of a party-going generation.
Well-known for providing the weeklong drum & bass festival in Sardinia, they’ve also turned their attention to delivering the type of sounds which you’ll find at their sun-drenched spaces. Whether that’s the music of Satl’s recent ‘Bravehearts’ EP or the brand new package from ArpXP, there’s a range of tastes catered for on their record label.
ArpXP also has a personal attachment to SUNANDBASS – through his work behind the scenes, he’s enabled the festival to grow into the renowned event that it is today. Based in Cagliari, on the same island that SUNANDBASS takes place, His style, from 120 to 170 bpm and with influences ranging from jazz to techno, from ambient to covers the contemporary bass music spectrum. His work as the visual and creative manager for SUNANDBASS, as well as seminal imprint Metalheadz, has meant that he’s continually stayed on the pulse when it’s come to label’s vision, something which is clearly reflected in his music.
His ‘Somewhere Else’ EP is demonstrative of his affinity for drum & bass music, featuring five tracks and a host of collaborative names. This should come as no surprise, with his influence within the genre and the extensive DJ support he’s received (including figures such as Calibre and Lenzman).
Following his 2012 debut album, ‘Closer’ and his releases on labels such as Metalheadz and many more, the ‘Somewhere Else’ EP is another return to form. From the grooves of ‘Radar’ with HLZ, to Visionobi’s winding lyrics across title-track ‘Somewhere Else’, through to its Was A Be rework, ArpXP takes you on a journey. ‘2004’ with its slamming drums adds itself to the tracklisting, whilst Robert Manos joins ArpXP for the smooth sonics of ‘Lost’.
SUNANDBASS offer another high-quality addition to their growing catalog of music and it’s to see how they created such a revered calendar date within the drum & bass community. SUNANDBASS are ready for another seminal edition of their festival and with it comes a host of new music from their imprint.
We caught up with ArpXP following the release of ‘Somewhere Else’ and he filled us in with his Spotify Selections for this summer.
Fracture & Alix Perez – Realize
Two of the best producers in the scene providing a dancefloor smasher. Loving these vibes at the moment.
Workforce – Fragments
This new project from one half of Spectrasoul is no doubt one of the best tunes of the year.
Marcus Intalex – Hot Hands
The perfect example of “making a great dnb track with no rules” from one of the greatest. RIP Marcus.
ArpXP & HLZ – Radar
So happy to see this little roller with crazy bongos and weird sounds finally get a release!
Ivy Lab – When I go
They are always, for production level and creativity, miles ahead.
Martyn – B.C. 2
One of the most influential artists in the electronic scene: no matter what kind of music.
Calibre – Typical Things
I don’t remember one set I’ve played without playing a track produced by Calibre. Genius.
ArpXP & Robert Manos – Lost
Proud to have such a legend on my EP. Robert Manos has one of the best voices in the scene!
Breakage – Wicked
Breakage delivers only bangers. He knows the secret.
Mark System – Bass Bend Stutter
He’s definitely my favourite producer at the moment. Next level.