Alone Together: Vinyl LPDNR8LP
Label: Denature Records
Release Date: 5th January
Bright and bubbling with a spirit of the joyful beats of Dilla and disco euphoria of French house.
Viken Arman's debut album is a kaleidoscope of influences, building a bridge between the masterful beats of J Dilla, the hypnotic grooves of Ricardo Villalobos, the free jazz spirit of Sun Ra and the aura of French house. This 9-track opus presents a sophisticated composition, combining intricate layers and unique sampling techniques to blend familiar elements of house music with unexpected twists and warm grooves. Subtle whispers of old Armenian records add a nostalgic undertone that gracefully echoes the past of the artist. Immersed in the Berlin club scene, the French producer reconnected with the nightlife from the other side of the booth. Fuelled by these purest emotions, he would transition from the dancefloor straight to the studio, capturing the moment and translating the electrifying experience into music that resonated with raw energy. This creative process birthed the 9 tracks that comprise the album, each a testament to the essence of the music and the profound inspiration it ignited within him. A simple philosophy that says it all : Alone Together. Obsessed with freedom, Viken Arman draws a painting at the crossroads of house, minimal, jazz, hip hop and world music, taking you to uncharted territories with a fresh sound detached from any trend. This audacious piece showcases the versatility of Viken Arman, creating an aesthetic statement that challenges conventions and celebrates the forward-thinking nature of his artistry.