#Back of the stack 003 – Arp XP

Following on with our brand new series ‘#Back of the stack’, we’ll be catching up with artists in the scene every 2 weeks reminiscing on some of their favourite tracks from back in the day. No real rules, just sharing some musical knowledge and reflecting on the past.

This week we’ve caught up with Arp XP. Those of you unfamiliar, Arp XP originates from the beautiful island of Sardinia. He first caught our attention at Sun & Bass a few years back and has releases over the years on labels such as Metalheadz, IM:LTD, Critical, Sun & Bass, Chronic, Absys & Sony to name a few. Here’s what he had to say when we asked him to select 3 top picks….

Photek – Ni Ten Ichi Ryu
It represents perfection. Tightest production. Drum editing as its maximum. It’s basically impossible to reach that level, so obviously good that you cannot explain why.

Calibre – Second Sun

He’s the master and with this track he set up a new standard in drum’n’bass. Simplicity, a perfect melody and that bassline. Oh man, thaaaat bassline!

Adam F – Brand New Funk
I heard this track for the first time in a mainstream Italian radio in 98 (Bside on Radio Deejay, honestly worst radio name ever).So genuinely funky, each element of this tracks revolves around the bassline. In that moment of my life I wasn’t yet a producer. I used to spend hours and hours playing my bass for hopeless bands: when I heard that stuff I said: goodbye my friends, I can do a song without you. Bye by.
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