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BFlecha (Vigo, Spain)

Think Bat For Lashes with an 80’s RnB swagger and a G-funk orchestra

Belén Vida is the sole female representing the amped Sun Ra-indebted Arkestra music collective. Hailing from Vigo, Galicia in the Northwest of Spain, founded in 2005 and featuring another hugely talented Vigo producer Mweslee (hunt down his Megaplast EP on Nod Navigators), Arkestra has brought that banging, soulful future bump to Spain. From parties with NYC’s J*Davey to the Scandinavian Skweee family and Glasgow’s finest through to their acclaimed Arkcast podcast series, this is the Spanish truth. This month 28-year-old producer, DJ and singer, Belén aka BFlecha launches the Arkestra Discos label with her heavyweight Arkestra anthem My Ceja de Carnival (a Rustie and Joker-esque, G-funk synth orchestra) and Kosmic Lovers (think Bat For Lashes with an 80’s RnB swagger), beautifully packaged with psychedelic art from Maya Hayuk.

WHAT'S… special about you, then?
My Ceja de Carnival and Kosmic Lovers is going to uncork Arkestra Discos.

…the last film you saw?
Where The Wild Things Are.

...your inspirations to make music?
My top inspiration is working at night when everything is quiet, whilst also art history, films...

...better, dusk or dawn?

…so good about Spain?
The Northwest coast.

...your favourite piece of clothing?
My grandma was a couturier so I have some special custom pieces that she made.

...the world coming to?
I'll see it in augmented reality.

...the name of your hero?
It ends in agoras, aclitus, enides, edes... special about your hero?
Is wise and knows astronomy.

...your worst fashion secret?
Don’t keep it as secret.

...this future going to bring?
A Mweslee/BFlecha split on Lo-Fi Funk records and ARKST002 with Coruña based artist, Noaipre.

...your favourite website? the top of your shit list?
The toast that always falls butter side down.

How would you describe your work?
I like this one: “Imagine Three 6 Mafia playing 808s and flutes on a starry night around a campfire…”
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