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foolish boy 06:43
reveries 07:33


Woodwork proudly presents 'Dark Arps - Operations!'... This latest offering from Vancouver's Jon Bierman, further reveals the extent of creativity, depth and versatility that he has become recognized for. With previous releases on Tribal Pulse, East Van Digital, Nuevadark, Major League, and Steamtown, in addition to numerous past works & collaborations and other self-released projects, Dark Arps continues to progress as an adventurous producer and dynamic live performer.

'Operations!' is collection of bold, progressive tracks that fully explore Bierman's exciting range of leftfield sounds and styles. From the word go, Dark Arps commands attention with 'Cloak And Dagger', an onslaught of cranked rhythms and glitchy percussion set against bizarre, modulated electric piano synth chords over tense bass lines...a melodic monster that unravels in mysterious ways.

'Dope Haus Theme' takes a similar stance in its percussion sound and style, while the bass and synths express a little more aggression, sure to stir some wild movement on the floor. Short and sweet, we get straight to the point here, immediately experiencing Bierman"s knack for folding and wrapping elements around each other.

'Difficult Thing' is a tech house collaboration with Decibel Point, who proudly reps Vancouver's SHAHdjs collective. Though more typically known for more menacing flavours of drum n' bass, here he teams up with Dark Arps for a stunning and uplifting four-on-the-floor number. Somehow this piece manages a nocturnal, brooding feel with a yearning sense of beauty.

Already having covered a lot of ground in three concise bits of music, 'Dark Arps - Operations!' refuses to relent. 'What Do You Mean?' takes both mood and bounce factor to eleven. The chord progressions that swirl, spin and wind their way around this fantastic triplet-based beat are only one essential element. It's the big, round voice in the low mids, a chunky melodic bass jam that pokes through, driving with forward motion while sucked in reverse, that completes this unique groove.

The precipice of the EP has to be the gut-wrenching "Foolish Boy', built first on a classic, steady house bass line... lush sounds are on point with sweet synth leads setting an intimate, nostalgic vibe... then without warning the whole thing sweeps over a sparkling waterfall of city lights into a space funk odyssey... best just to give in and let this one take you away...

Dark Arps tightly wraps this collection with 'Reveries', an intense dose of his darker, more progressive and cinematic side. With everything else on offer here, this completes the full picture of a fearless, inventive producer who has no intentions of binding his work to limits of genre or anticipated forms. The adventurous energy behind this release is in precise alignment with the spirit of Woodwork Recordings, further expanding our boundaries and defying expectations...

For more info and other releases by Dark Arps, + live footage and production tutorials, visit his official page:


released December 31, 2019

all tracks by Jonathan Bierman aka Dark Arps
except 'Difficult Thing'
by Jonathan Bierman and Darryl Brousseau aka Decibel Point
cover art by Dark Arps


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dark arps Vancouver, British Columbia

Dynamic, emotively powerful, deep and progressive, Dark Arps builds contrasting vibes of tension and optimism with crescendos of visceral energy in his music. A blend of percussive broken beat and techno underpins dark, razor-sharp melodies with progressive hooks and bass lines. He delivers a sound that is simultaneously ominous and uplifting, reflecting the disturbing turbulence of our time. ... more

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