Stream: Arvo Party – Liberté


It came as no surprise to us when we discovered that Herb Magee aka Arvo Party was nominated for last year’s Northern Ireland Music Prize. In his review of the Belfast-based producer and musician’s self-titled debut album, Cathal McBride said, “With great Irish electronic acts like Solar Bears and Adultrock having called it a day within the last year, Magee sounds more than ready to take up the mantle they’ve left behind.”

Seven months on, Magee continues to uphold this promise in style. A masterfully propulsive six minutes of electronica blurring sonic lines via late 1990s trance worships, simmering ambience surges, full-blown nu-disco and dancefloor-ramming house histrionics, new single ‘Liberté’ is not merely Magee’s finest single effort to date, it’s very easily one of the Irish tracks of the year thus far.

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