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 are first and foremost music lovers with a deep-rooted knowledge and passion for music of all varieties. Over the span of their 10-year career, they have celebrated the music that inspires them via their Feelmybicep blog. 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. Accordingly they are venerated as trusted and esteemed curators in electronic music today.
The formidable DJs have toured the world over, curating and selling out a long list of Feel My Bicep parties including 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, which earlier this year took Coachella, Glastonbury and Primavera festivals by storm. With the Electric Brixton stop on the forthcoming tour already sold out, the Roundhouse date is the next stepup the duo’s ever-higher ladder of live accolades.
9/01 – ELECTRIC PICNIC – STRADBALLY – IE
9/16 – REWORKS FESTIVAL – THESSALONIKI – GR*
9/20 – BLITZ – MUNICH – DE
9/22 – INVISIBLE WIND FACTORY – LIVERPOOL – UK
9/28 – TRAMSHED – CARDIFF – UK*
9/29 – CONCORDE II – BRIGHTON – UK*
9/30 – AVA PRESENTS – ULSTER HALL – BELFAST – UK*
10/05 – CONTRA – SEOUL (DJ) – KR
10/08 – CONTACT – TOKYO (DJ) – JP
10/13 – ECHO PLEX – LOS ANGELES – US
10/14 – TBA – NEW YORK – US
10/19 – PARADISO NOORD – AMSTERDAM – NL*
10/21 – THE HYDRA PRESENTS NINJA TUNE, PRINTWORKS – LONDON – UK
10/26 – THE OLD FIRE STATION – BOURNEMOUTH – UK*
10/27 – HOPE WORKS – SHEFFIELD – UK*
10/28 – CANAL MILLS – LEEDS – UK*
11/03 – LE PETIT SALON – LYON – FR
11/04 – PITCHFORK FESTIVAL – PARIS – FR
11/11 – ELECTRIC BRIXTON – LONDON – UK*
11/17 – MOTION – BRISTOL – UK
11/18 – WAREHOUSE PROJECT – MANCHESTER – UK*
11/23 – KESSELHAUS – BERLIN – DE*
11/24 – KINO LUNA – WARSAW – PL*
11/25 – NITSA – BARCELONA – ES*
11/30 – BAAD – GLASGOW – UK*
12/02 – RAINBOW WAREHOUSE – BIRMINGHAM – UK*
* Hammer Supporting