A new three track EP featuring amorphous shadings of black metal / industrial & febrile kuduro rhythms
RIYL Sunn O))), Principe Discos & Zoviet France
Only Now is the project of San Francisco based producer & DJ Kush Arora. An established figure operating at the forefront of dub, dancehall, African dance and Indo-Caribbean music, Arora has carved out an eclectic body of work across a prolific discography of pioneering solo works, collaborations and remixes. Only Now represents the dimensions of a different and other underworld, exploring tribalism, industrial elements, and experimental synthesis.
Following in the wake of well received appearances on Infinite Machine and Discrepant’s fledgling imprint Sucata Tapes, Eternal Binding reprises and expands upon the heavy submergence of Arora’s prior outings as Only Now, bringing together amorphous shadings of black metal and industrial with febrile Kuduro rhythms.
Recorded between 2017 & 2019, Eternal Binding opens with The Scales, an overture that embodies the project’s sound universe with smash & run beat cycles and scorched, monumental riffs. Meanwhile The Stand adopts computer feedback, resonation techniques and feedback loops to conjure a deep, bleeding edge, ego-dissolving journey that touches on themes of time, space and existence. Concluding with Ejection, Arora acknowledges the significant influence of Berlin School krautrock and kosmische on his work – particularly Popol Vuh’s Aguirre I – as choral elements emerge midway through a revelatory finale.
Altogether Eternal Binding represents a response to profound subject matter for Arora; a contention with the human condition, the notion of our enslavement to time, the challenges of fatherhood and a desperate attempt to make sense of it all.
Fans of Bill Laswell, Nazar, Sunn O))), Principe Discos & Zoviet France take note.
Throughout his discography and as a core member of soundsystem collective, acclaimed club night and long running radio show Surya Dub, Kush Arora has been a crucial figure in championing and exploring the convergence between bass, electronics and roots music in San Francisco and beyond. Acclaimed performances at Mutek 2018 and alongside the likes of DJ Lag, Equiknoxx and Kode9 have presented a striking and immersive live show while assorted projects with Gappy Ranks, Stereotyp, Jahdan Blackkkamoore, and Dreadsquad, as well as remixes for Elephant Man, Cutty Ranks and Spoeke Mathambo, have all been marked by a broad and visionary signature, one that extends to the distinctly infernal expanses of his recent work under the Only Now alias.