Arca’s four-track release Madre swiftly follows up last year’s celebrated KiCK i, and sees the Venezuelan artist team up with Radiohead collaborator Oliver Coates, who plays cello. It’s backed by three alternate versions of the title track: one that removes Coates’ cello (“Madreviolo”), an acapella, and an instrumental of “Madreviolo” (“Violo”). Madre has a hymnic quality; Alejandra Ghersi’s voice is haunting and heavy with emotion as she laments against layers of rich, atmospheric cello. Stripped-back to an acapella, it feels meditative, prayer-like almost. A delicate and stirring addition to the artist’s ever-evolving sound.
Elsewhere, Bicep’s Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson adapt their big room bangers for the locked down living rooms, explore more subdued and melancholic electronica; Berlin producers Hainbach and Ziúr stun with their electronic compositions; and Rotterdam-based artist Kessler’s EP propels your body into movement with fragmented breaks and full body bass that rumble you to the core.