Bi­cep Bi­cep

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Since first emerg­ing with their much-loved blog, Feel My Bi­cep al­most a decade ago, Belfast duo Matt McBriar and Andy Fer­gu­son have forged a stand­out ca­reer as highly re­spected pro­duc­ers, DJs and la­bel own­ers. Now based in Lon­don, the world-tour­ing duo also have a beau­ti­fully con­structed and highly ac­com­plished de­but al­bum to add to their ac­com­plish­ments. The self-ti­tled record en­cap­su­lates their ethos of mak­ing mu­sic as a whole. Open minded, genre-fluid and draw­ing on the his­tory of elec­tronic mu­sic whilst say­ing some­thing new and con­tem­po­rary, this feels like Bi­cep’s ex­pres­sive love let­ter to elec­tronic and club cul­ture, built on foun­da­tions of clas­sic house, spacey techno, old school breaks and Italo disco with el­e­ments of 90s down­tempo and IDM. Bi­cep in­ject their high-en­ergy and raw club sound that has gar­nered them wide at­ten­tion. Their abil­ity to guide emo­tion and hu­man touch into their pro­duc­tions al­lows the duo to take us into more in­ti­mate, re­flec­tive and personal di­rec­tions than we’ve seen on their EPs. Rel­ish­ing the long player’s op­por­tu­nity to be more ad­ven­tur­ous and son­i­cally di­verse, the duo high­light both the dex­ter­ity and skill in the stu­dio. As com­plex and en­joy­able for home lis­ten­ing as it is for club at­mos­pheres, this is a re­minder of Bi­cep’s in­nate abil­ity to cap­ture rave cul­ture at its finest.

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