XL have just announced a new signing in the shape of London-based producer Dark0. His debut EP, Oceana, is set for a digital and vinyl release on the 28th of October, and you can listen to the first track, "Forever", now.
If this first taste is an indicator of what's to come, it serves as proof that hype around the 25-year-old is no mistake. "Forever" is a dark and beguiling bit of love-lorn pop, sitting somewhere between the icy soundscapes of Arca and the melodic hooks of Rustie. It's definitely music built in London, but the beats speak to anybody who's ever felt trapped in an urban environment. With the intensity of instrumental grime, paired with something altogether more cinematic, this is music for now. Music to feel lonely to. Music to be scared to.
You can also hear Dark0's music during the opening credits of Big Night Out on VICELAND.
The Oceana EP is out on the 28th of October. Pre-order it here.