Bicep Isles Double LP picture disc is packaged in an alternative sleeve. Triple LP deluxe is on 'neon orange' coloured vinyl. All LP formats include a download code. Belfast-born, London-based duo Bicep (Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson) will release their hotly anticipated second album, “Isles”, on 22 January 2021 on Ninja Tune. Two years in the making, “Isles” expands on the artful energy of their 2018 debut “Bicep”, while digging deeper into the sounds, experiences and emotions that have influenced their lives and work. They describe “Isles” as “a snapshot in time” of their work in this period, with the tracks designed to evolve in their different iterations from record to live show and beyond. “This is definitely the home listening version,” says Matt, “the live version will be much, much harder”. On the title, “We have strong mixed emotions, connected to growing up on an island” they say, “wanting to leave, wanting to return”. For two natives of Belfast, any talk of islands, communities and identities will also have other, more domestic connotations, and has always been an aspect of their lives they’d been reluctant to talk about. “It’s always been an unquantifiable topic for us” says Matt. “We’re not religious, but we're both from different religious backgrounds. There was always a lot of interest in us talking about those issues, but we always felt that one of the things we loved about dance music was that freedom it gave you to be released from talking about those things.” “You’d enter the club and it would be people from both sides of the tracks and they’d be hugging” says Andy, referring to massively influential Belfast club Shine, where both cut their musical teeth. “And the following week, they’d be with their mates rioting. It felt like the safest place but, on paper, it should have been the most dangerous”. Musically, too, they find echoes of those days in their work. “It was like being smacked in the head with a hammer” Matt says, of the tunes that defined that scene, and which find expression in “Isles’” most raw and energetic corners. “It was either very intense, in-your-face Italo tinged electro or really aggressive techno”. From those early days living and clubbing in Belfast, to their move to London over a decade ago, the breadth of music they’ve been exposed to during this time informs “Isles’” massive sonic palette. Both cite the joy of discovering Hindi vocals overheard from distant rooftops, snatches of Bulgarian choirs drifting from passing cars, hitting Shazam in a kebab house in the vain hopes of identifying a Turkish pop song. Ninja Tune CD | LP
Bicep Satisfy New vinyl only release of three more (Feel My) Bicep belters. Full on 90's jackin' night music from the Irish duo. Limited one off pressing.Lead track "Satisfy" discards with the 90s house aesthetic in favour of a breakbeat lead groove that's a bit 80s freestyle and a bit Baltimore club, whilst "Snackbar" demonstrates Bicep are increasingly willing to take a tougher approach - as anyone whose seen their recent techno heavy sets will attest. Head to "The Final Trip" for a taste of that classic pairing of jackin' 909 and Juno 60 in full flight. Feel My Bicep 12"
Bicep Aura 12" on 180g black vinyl. 12" single taken from the upcoming debut album from Bicep, Aura is a massive house tune led by an 80's synth-wave / electro vibe, B-side contains a screen-printed visual. Ninja Tune 12"
Bicep Bicep Double LP on 180g black vinyl. The highly anticipated debut album from Bicep, house music with some 80's synth-wave / electro feels coming through. Ninja Tune CD | LP
Bicep / Carl Craig Vision Of Love [Carl Craig c2 edits] The speed at which Bicep have risen through the ranks is staggering. Two years ago they were bedroom bloggers; now, they're among the most hyped producers around. Here, they pop up on Kevin Saunderson's KMS label with "Vision of Love", the typically tough and wide-eyed chunk of US house revivalism that originally surfaced on their eponymous label last year. It's devilishly simple, with a few key ingredients - big piano riffage, subtle strings and booming beats - being whisked together to produce a peak time delight whilst the cheeky usage Inner City vocal samples is what has lead to it being reissued through KMS. Carl Craig edits, delivering a version that expertly teases out the piano and vocal, via a few well-placed drops and effects. It's this version that hits home hardest, but we wouldn't expect anything less. KMS 12"
Bicep / Casino Times / Medlar / Ishmael Wolf EP 17 The latest 12" ep from Wolf Music! Wolf Music 12"
Bicep Atlas Having been teased in numerous DJ sets over recent months—and predictably leading to much excited anticipation among their fans online—Bicep announce their new single ‘Atlas’, available today digitally and on 12” from 3rd April on Ninja Tune. Their first new music since 2018’s ‘Rain’ EP. “It would've been unthinkable to foresee the circumstances this track would be released in when we were making it. Our frame of mind was so positive then, fresh off the back of our live tour, full of excitement for the next phase. ‘Atlas’ was our attempt at summing up some of the euphoric moments we experienced on that tour across those two years. It feels like those moments are very far away for all of us right now, but we hope this serves as some form of distraction amidst all this chaos.” - Matt & Andy (Bicep) Ninja Tune 12" Out of Stock
Bicep Glue 12" single taken from Bicep's debut album. “Glue,” is a slice of tranquil breakbeat better suited for sunrise comedowns than peak-hours sets. They layer gently stuttering synths and sumptuous melodies until the song’s midway point, where they introduce a slightly melancholic vocal loop that feels like a long exhale of relief. Ninja Tune 12" Out of Stock
Bicep Vision Of Love After five years of running the highly popular and eclectic music blog Feel My Bicep, releasing a string of productions and remixes while also DJing consistently all around the world, setting up a record label seemed like the next logical step for Bicep. With the aim of releasing fun and varied music, the only condition the boys gave themselves was to maintain full creative control to take the the label in whichever direction they desired. "Vision Of Love", deeply inspired by their love of the early 90s New York house scene but with a modern twist. Crisp, swinging garage house beats, a simple choppy piano line and looped up 'vison of love' and 'I'll stand by you' vocal samples - it's one of those tracks where simplicity is the key. To say that the track is massive is an understatement. In similar style "Keep Keep" and "Getcha Boi" provide the B-side tracks. Feel My Bicep 12" Out of Stock