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May 27, 2021


ARENA by Pixel Grip


Inspired by the energy of the crowds Pixel Grip performed for after releasing their debut album in 2019, ARENA sends us back with the Chicago-based trio into those packed clubs with its ethereal vocals cutting through haunting bass lines and infectious synth and drum loops. Lead vocalist Rita Lukea brilliantly re-imagines the club as a site of both pleasure and struggle — an arena — forcing us to reckon with our society’s exploitative nature and envisioning a more just path forward. Released at a time when concerts and festivals are slowly making their long-awaited return, ARENA is an electrifying and empowering glimpse into the future.


By Paul Schoening