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The first release of 2018 on the ‘Feel My Bicep’ label welcomes back Hammer for his first solo outing on the imprint, ’C-Space EP’.

Having collaborated with Bicep on ‘Dahlia’ back in 2015 - a glistening EP that soared through myriad clubs into the wantlists of many-a-fervid Discogs user - Hammer is now granted space to stretch his legs and does so across 3 galactic tracks.

‘C-Space’, ‘Atlantic 252’ and ‘Inside Soul’ all play with rich, sweeping chords, 80s synth lines and sharp analogue drums - a blend that lends them perfectly to the Feel My Bicep catalogue.

‘C-Space EP’ comes as the first ‘Feel My Bicep’ release since the success of Bicep’s self-titled debut album.

Bicep return to their own Feel My Bicep imprint with a floor melting four tracker on one heavyweight slab, packaged in a sweet debossed sleeve. First up is the 'ardcore sampling "Lyk Lyk", a playful festival tune which pays its dues to early rave and breaks, taking you back to a simpler time of hastily assembled sound systems and countryside raves. The skipping rhythms (with the obligatory "whoop") play home to chip set synths and bubbling basslines. This is followed with the direct speaker assault of "Poly Pineapple", spawned out of the Belfast boys’ love of fuzzy Italo disco and techno. The sprawling sequences and urgent hats ramp up the intensity as the track's crescendo explodes into a sparkling climax. On the flip they collaborate with long term school friend and blog partner Rory Hamilton (aka Hammer) for the first time ever! "Ice Bowl" takes the B1 with broken drum patterns and melancholic chord progressions, reimagining Bmore freestyle through the futuristic gloom of capitalism. Last but not least "Day 3" fires the tempo back up as the crew summon the dawn with euphoric pads and driving percussion.

"Glue", the second single from Bicep’s critically acclaimed debut album, embodies the raw energy of UK rave culture, references skeletal UKG and could have emerged from the studio of Orbital or The Future Sound Of London at their trailblazing best. Backed with two other tracks, the technicoloured electronic buzz of "Metro", and the Monoloake / Autechre-esque bleep-n-beats of "DLR"

For fans of Four Tet, Jamie XX, Orbital, Midland.

“What sets apart Bicep from their big-tent contemporaries is their ability to slow things down” - Pitchfork.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd 12" Info: Heavyweight 180g black vinyl with two exclusive new tracks plus digital download code.

Bicep - the Belfast-born, London-based duo of Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson are mainstays in the current dance music climate. Fresh off the back of groundbreaking live performances across the globe (notably Dekmantel but also here at MCR's Parklife) they now present their debut album - as it its taken them this long! First coming onto our radar in 2010, the pair have come a long way since the initial 'NY house revival' that set their careers alight after running a tastemaking blog - Feel My Bicep. The perfect summation of the duo’s career to date - "Bicep" is a sonic tour of their history touching the cornerstones of underground club culture. Matt and Andy have pulled off the rarest of feats, to make a singularly unique electronic record founded on the blueprint of classic house, techno, electro and Italo disco, but flipped and morphed into a fresh design bearing the unique Bicep sonic signature. It’s a perfectly succinct album: loose, raw and energetic enough for the dancefloor, yet refined, artfully composed and contemplative enough for home listening.



FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLtd LP Info: Debut album from Bicep on double heavyweight 180g black vinyl in a gatefold wallet with printed inners. Includes download code and 1 of 4 different front cover designs (selected at random).

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Aura

First single from Bicep’s debut self-titled album for Ninja Tune. "Aura" is the first new original material from Bicep in over two years; a complex and propulsive club track that channels their love for all things synth related. Notably miles away from the NY house revival that characterized their initial releases, "Aura" takes cues from hi-fidelity dance music - Four Tet, Caribou, Nathan Fake, even early James Holden; with an unashamedly trance-informed sound - it's a complete curveball from the Belfast boys which ripples and flows with hefty dynamic weight. One-sided heavyweight black 12” vinyl with a beautiful screenprint on the B side designed by The Royal Studio. 


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