As producers, DJs, label founders and avid record collectors, the London-based / Belfast-born duo Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson (aka Bicep) have become two of the most trusted curators of electronic music in the past decade. Signed to Ninja Tune in 2017, last year saw them make their most concise, articulate and daring musical statement yet, with the release of their debut self-titled album.
Fittingly, the record encapsulates all that the duo have come to pioneer over their ten year career: it is the distillation of myriad influences and inspirations, a richly textured trip that channels the freeform experimentalism of early 90s IDM and renovates the house music blueprint.
Furthermore, it succeeds in balancing club music with home listening, just as Matt and Andy have succeeded in breaking into the mainstream whilst remaining true to their underground roots. It went in at #20 in the UK album charts and was lauded by the likes of Pitchfork, Resident Advisor and Mixmag, who picked it as album of the year and put them on their front cover. A series of well-received singles, including ‘Glue’, ‘Rain’ and ‘Vale’ has reinforced their ascendance. And a remix of ‘Opal’ by iconic producer and DJ Four Tet made for a big dance 12”.
Touring the world over, curating and selling out a long list of Feel My Bicep parties (including Manchester’s Warehouse Project and a 12- week residency at London’s XOYO), their formidable DJ efforts snagged them the #8 ranking in Resident Advisor’s “Top 100 DJs” 2016 poll. They debuted a new live show in 2017, which has graced some of the most revered festival stages, debuting at Coachella and then touring to Glastonbury, Sonar, Pitchfork Festival and Primavera, with Reading and Leeds still to come. They also sold out a headline show at London’s legendary Roundhouse four months in advance, praised by The Guardian for their “melodies that ping-pong around before resolving with gigantic satisfaction”.
The show embraces the idea of immersion. It allows for the duo to take a different tack at each show, and places them in and amongst the visuals, creating a visceral experience. It blurs the line between audience and performer, amplifying the rush of togetherness which pulses through each of their eagerly-anticipated shows.