If you haven’t picked up on this yet, we at ElectroJams are huge fans of the Belfast x London duo Bicep and their classic-yet-new brand of soothing, dark tech-house. If you haven’t checked out their self-titled debut released in September, you really need to do yourself a favor and get on that. In it, they managed to create a lush soundscape that feels as though it belongs in heyday era Orbital and Future Sound of London as it does in modern dance music. It’s seductive and dark and perfect in so many ways.
Once you get through it a few times, you’ll likely agree that ‘Glue’ is the album’s strongest tracks, kind of a creeper of a song that will find its way into your head and make its way down to your hands and fingers to hit ‘repeat’ every time the song comes to a close. Along with the EP (stream here), Bicep released a video for ‘Glue’ directed by Joe Wilson (located at the bottom of this post), that according to the duo,
” It is a series of landscapes which revisit the sites once brought alive by now infamous raves but today sit desolate and empty, retreating back to their former state with little to show of their impact they had on UK music culture. The static shots offer space to reflect on the importance of these locations and how an abandoned lido, remote airfield and disused warehouse helped to shape the lives of a generation. Juxtaposed with the images are the hazy, fragmented recollections of those who were there, lifted from Youtube comment sections of the genre’s most defining sounds. Perhaps the most beautiful and poignant pieces of evidence from the time, they eulogise over a time of unity and euphoria, and a longing to be returned for just one more night.”
Never a pair to disappoint, the EP also includes two new tracks, ‘Metro’ and ‘DLR.’ The former features a driving, uptempo beat accented with a cycling of grungy lows and a sweeping of airy synths. I’m not sure if ‘DLR’ stands for Dealer, or Dollar, or Dialer, or something else. It’s a steep drop in terms of tempo, following along nicely with the pattern established on their LP and feels like a similar come-down soundtrack with sounds and rhythms reminiscent of standing at the edge of the sea, watching the birds and ships and buoys interacting with the constant traffic of waves.
Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson have honed their skills as both producers and prolific selectors. The result of which is a sonically sprawling record that appeals to the most dedicated of heady club-goers and bedroom listeners alike. “Bicep” has quickly climbed the charts, landing at an impressive #20 on the UK album charts and at #7 on the UK Vinyl charts. The duo are about to embark on a tour of the UK and Europe over the next two months, with a smattering of dates into 2018, with what is sure to be an incredible appearance at Roundhouse in London on April 28th. Hopefully, it won’t be long before we see a string of US dates added to their calendar.
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