The first ARKLEY single, ‘Music (Over & Over)’, was released by Tileyard Music (home to Joel Corry and Sigala) in August 2021. Immediately picking up plays on emerging artist radio such as Amazing Radio, the single was used by BBC News to soundtrack scenes from Leeds Festival to primetime audiences.
With a unique sampling style inspired by The Avalanches and The Dust Brothers, Scottish DJ and producer ARKLEY creates uplifting dance music that sounds both fresh and timeless. Unified by layered disco house beats, infectious bass-lines and an ear for unforgettable hooks, the ARKLEY sound is a playful patchwork of samples across genres and decades, where New York hip hop MCs mix with soul strings, synthwave and French touch all in one track.
ARKLEY grew up on records by late 90s and early 2000s crossover dance acts such as Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and Basement Jaxx, and started experimenting with electronic production in the late 2000s after discovering 2manydjs, Justice and other cutting edge electro acts of the time. This led him to form live electro act Heads We Dance who were signed to 679/Warner, featured in NME and Mixmag, and topped the Hype Machine worldwide chart.
Following a move to London, ARKLEY then became immersed in the capital’s drum and bass scene and made a name for himself as part of vocal D&B act Deuce & Charger. Over an intense 4 year period, this act received widespread support from BBC Radio 1 / 1Xtra, Kiss FM, Mixmag and DJ Mag, while releasing a string of tracks on the leading underground labels and being described by Data Transmission as “a force to be reckoned with in the global dance music scene”.
ARKLEY has now returned to his original musical influences with a joyous blend of skilfully juxtaposed samples and an undeniable knack for producing irresistible tracks.