Arca – KICK ii, KicK iii, kick iiii & kiCK iiiii (Albums)

Venezuelan producer and artist Arca released KiCk I in summer 2020 and last week she completed the series. Releasing not just one album but four – KICK ii, KicK iii, kick iiii & kiCK iiiii.

Arca created the five albums over a four year period which made her feel like Octomom. “Five children, four years pregnant, and now they are all dating at the same time,” she explained to Vogue.

“For me it is a cycle, like most phenomena in the universe. a prenatal KiCk is the first undeniable evidence that there exists an individual with an expression distinct from one’s mother and father,” Arca revealed.

The main image for this post was made by Damon Zucconi and is comprised of the five albums within Arca’s KiCk series. Much like the albums the image is a little crazy.

KICK ii
KiCk I was a chaotic electronic album that took inspiration from a multitude of genres to create a project rather unlike anything else that I have heard.

Its follow up, KICK ii, seems to be an experimental, Mumbaton album on which Arca’s toned down the unexpected twists and turns from the first instalment, a tiny bit. This is perhaps more accessible but you feel as if Arca is being withheld from creating the havoc that she usually does with her productions.

The album includes the SIA-assisted “Born Yesterday” as well as “Prada” and “Rakata”. KICK ii is out now on Apple Music and Spotify, you can listen to it in full below.


KicK iii
Arca pushes the experimental boat back out again on KicK iii giving anyone that tries to dance along to this a massive challenge with it’s changing rhythms and skippy beats. The album is less lyrical, instead mostly featuring instrumentals and songs with phrases.

KicK iii includes the previously released singles “Incendio” and “Electra Rex”. The album is out now on Apple Music and Spotify, you can listen to it in full below.


kick iiii
“After the noise and the explosions and the incendiary tracks at the club, I’d like to share my introverted side,” Arca explained when speaking to Vogue. We start to see that on the slightly calmer kick iiii which has more ambiance than the previous editions in the series.

The album’s sole single to date was the Planningtorock-assisted “Queer”. kick iiii is out now on Apple Music and Spotify, you can listen to it in full below.


kiCK iiiii
The albums feel like a journey of sorts, with kiCK iiiii picking up from where kick iiii left off. It slows things down even more and it feels more emotive, with the songs mostly being instrumentals. Arca’s range is incredible. kiCK iiiii is out now on Apple Music and Spotify, you can listen to it in full below.


Previously: Arca – Born Yesterday feat. Sia (Video)