Bicep – the Belfast-born, London-based duo of Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson – today release their first ever official music video for recent single ‘Aura’. Directed by Matilda Finn, who is just off the back of directing ‘Lost’ by Danny Brown. The video, which was inspired by the definition of Aura – the distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place – is a journey into a dream sequence where the viewer follows an elusive figure and those that are drawn to him on a journey to the edges of humanity.
Since its release, ‘Aura’ has collected hundreds of thousands of streams and surged to the top 5 on Spotify’s Viral Chart, until then simply having been tagged as ‘Unreleased Bicep’ on countless bootleg recordings from recent gigs, uploaded by fans trying desperately to ID and get their hands on the track.
The duo recently announced their biggest headline live show yet at London’s Roundhouse on 28 April 2018. The show announcement comes after selling out their Electric Brixton live date in 24 hours and sharing news of their self-titled debut album, to be released on 1st September 2017 via Ninja Tune.
Earlier this summer, Bicep – the Belfast-born, London-based duo of Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson – announced their eponymous debut album would be released September 1st via Ninja Tune. Since announce, the prolific duo have shared ‘Aura’, a propulsive club track and ‘Glue’, which reached #1 in Spotify’s UK Viral charts, a cut which embodies the raw energy of UK rave culture and could have emerged from the studio of Orbital or The Future Sound Of London at their trailblazing best. Today (premiered by The Fader), they share the album’s third and final single, ‘Vale’, a sprawling and atmospheric house cut, beautifully illustrating the album’s sentimentality.
The duo also look forward to playing taking their epic live show to New York & Los Angeles this October, as well as a string of European tour dates, including curating a Feel My Bicep line up at The Warehouse Project in Manchester and Pitchfork’s Paris festival this autumn.
The album “Bicep” is the perfect summation of the duo’s career to date – it’s 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. It is undoubtably one of THE dance albums of the year.
Bicep – the Belfast-born, London-based duo of Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson – are pleased to announce their self-titled debut album, a record that truly encapsulates their history and the distillation of their passion for music and club culture since their first release in 2010. It will be released on 1st September 2017 via Ninja Tune.
With the announcement, they share lead single (and album closer) ‘Aura’; a complex and propulsive club track that channels their love for all things synth related. Until now, Aura has simply been tagged as ‘Unreleased Bicep’ on countless bootleg recordings from recent gigs with thousands of streams, uploaded by fans trying desperately to ID and get their hands on the track. “It was a happy experiment… you might call it an accident,” they explain. “We’d been playing with this specific and very complicated gear-chain for a while but nothing worked, or didn’t feel musical enough… then it all just fell into place and ‘Aura’ appeared.”
Bicep are first and foremost music lovers with a deep-rooted knowledge and passion for music of all varieties. Having been introduced to electronic music through the likes of Aphex Twin and Laurent Garnier, they started digging deeper into IDM, italo, techno, electro, jungle & everything in between.
Over the span of their 10-year career, they have celebrated the music that inspires them via their Feelmybicep blog, initially an outlet for, and now a contributing factor to, their intense record collecting habit. Founded in 2008, its runaway success (it now sees over 100,000 visitors a month) spawned a record label of the same name, a club night, and took the duo out of the UK and embedded them on the international stage via highly sought after DJ sets that reflected the eclecticism celebrated on their blog – an impeccably curated blend of upfront tracks and exclusive edits mixed with deep-dug house and disco cuts (rediscovered, dusted off and given a new lease of life). Accordingly they are venerated as trusted and esteemed curators in electronic music today.
Cutting their production teeth with releases on Throne Of Blood, Traveller Records, Mystery Meat and Love Fever, Will Saul then snapped up the duo for a string of releases on his Aus Music imprint, including the now certified classic “Just EP” bearing the dazzling and ubiquitous title track that became the undisputed club track of 2015 and earned Bicep both Mixmag and DJ Mag’s ‘Track of the Year’. The duo have also collaborated with another trailblazing UK duo Simian Mobile Disco and remixed for the likes of Disclosure, Blood Orange and 808 State.
The formidable DJs (#8 in Resident Advisor’s 2016 poll) have toured the world over, curating and selling out a long list of Feel My Bicep parties including Manchester Warehouse Project, a 12-week residency at XOYO and their annual Italo Disco parties.
In 2016 Andy and Matt built and tested a roof-raising live show – a powerful counterpoint to their much loved DJ sets that not only highlights the breadth and depth of the Bicep discography, brings to the fore both their skilful production and formidable engineering chops, but again reinforces their genius curatorial flair. Earlier this year they took Coachella and Primavera festivals by storm and sold out their recent London show at Village Underground in 3 minutes flat. Following the album’s release, they’ll embark on an extensive live headline world tour including a stop at Electric Brixton in London.
The album “Bicep” is the perfect summation of the duo’s career to date – it’s 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.
Their spirited, daring approach brings them into the Ninja Tune fold. “For us it’s important to be part of a label that looks broadly at music,” Matt says. “We felt no restrictions at Ninja to be pigeonholed,” continues Andy. Displaying a theme of technical experimentalism and a deft melodic touch which runs throughout the entire record, it’s this openness and no-rules approach to music making which has allowed Bicep to establish a unique position all their own on an increasingly crowded global dance stage.
Aus Music celebrates its tenth birthday this year, as well as its landmark release number 100 – fittingly enough. Will Saul‘s imprint has spent the last decade lovingly building its reputation as one of the most trusted and respected labels for dance music the UK, and quite possibly worldwide too. Joy Orbison’s So Derobe, Ramadanman’s Void 23, George Fitzgerald‘s Child, Leon Vynehall‘s Brother, Bicep‘s Just – it’s likely that Aus Music has soundtracked your most memorable and significant club moments.
To mark two milestones in Aus history, the label presents a 24-track quadruple vinyl/triple CD/vast digital compilation set to drop this summer. Composed of entirely new and exclusive tracks, the compilation is built up by key members from the Aus family as well as boss Mr. Saul himself – Bicep, Midland, Huxley, Deetron, Nick Höppner, Pearson Sound, Youandewan, Marquis Hawkes, Gerd, Sei A, Bwana, Fold, Shenoda, Appleblimand Komon.
“It’s our honour to be hosting a five-part Debut series in conjunction with Aus Music, consisting of one Debut a week for five weeks running up to the release date; as well as a very special Boiler Room x AUS100 takeover in London. Joining the celebrations will be Nick Höppner, Marquis Hawkes, Will Saul and a secret guest to be announced the day before.
First up in our Debut series is from the unstoppable dual force of Bicep and Hammer. Fresh from last year’s EP collab Dahlia, Belfast’s tour de force bring it back home with “ARACARI” – a sentimental banger following in the same footsteps as their previous teamwork, and purpose-built for all 4am dancefloors around the world. Stay tuned for four more surprise instalments as the weeks roll our. The future’s looking bright for Aus Music.”
The AUS100 compilation drops fully on 8th July, and is available to pre-order digitally here. “Join us in London or tune in online on Tuesday 14th June for our AUS100 showcase – where we’ll be joined by Nick Höppner, Marquis Hawkes, Will Saul and a secret guest we’ll be announcing on Monday.“
Following on from Isaac Tichauer’s ‘Street Lessons’ release, the mysterious LOFT Records calls in the talents of Bicep, Hackman, Dorsia and Lancelot for a choicest remix package.
The Australian producer turned many heads when he dropped his lauded ‘Devotion’ LP back in 2012, and since then he’s risen to become a formidable name within modern day electronic music. Therefore it’s only fitting that an all-star cast were chosen to remix his latest release on LOFT Records.
Bicep, who had an enormous 2015 with releases on Aus and 50 Weapons, begin the release with the only remix of ‘Higher Level’ – a break infused cut fashioned for the dancefloor with a penetrating melody, echoing vocals and soaring pads.
The first of three ‘Street Lessons’ remixes then comes from Hackman, known for his work on 20/20 Vision and Futureboogie, who incorporates serene synths and subtle stabs to transform the original into a quirky renovation with elements of funk.
London duo Dorsia then step up with a cacophony of sounds that build in suspense with the introduction of fuzzy atmospherics, until fellow Australian and W&O Street Tracks artist Lancelot generates a cavernous dub containing the originals infectious hook whilst implementing resounding rimshots and wobbly keys.
Isaac Tichauer ‘Street Lessons Remixes’ drops on LOFT Records in 4th April 2016.
Higher Level (Bicep Remix)
Street Lessons (Hackman Remix)
Street Lessons (Dorsia Remix)
Street Lessons (Lancelot Dub)
London-via-Belfast-based duo Bicep return to their own Feel My Bicep imprint with a new EP called “Dahlia”. The title track from this forthcoming collaborative release with Hammer (an artist the Belfast boys are putting serious muscle behind) can be stream below. It hooks you in from the word go, with a nagging piano lead, ooft-y mini breakdown and shiver-inducing sirensong calling through the mist.
Out on 12″ on September 7th on Feel My Bicep, while the digital version comes out on September 25th. Pre-order your 12” here.