Since their first release, ‘Darwin’, in 2010 and its layering of infectious melody over buzzing synths and danceable rhythm, duo Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson have amassed a reverential following. It was their releases on Will Saul’s Aus label – 2013’s Stash, 2014’s Circles, and 2015’s Just EPs – that catapulted them to the forefront of dancefloor consciousness. The eponymous title track of the Just EP became Mixmag’s Track of the Year, owing to its minimal drum programming, top-line synth melodies, and emotive build without capitulating to blatant crescendo.
Bicep have long since been a fixture of the festival circuit, as well as curating residencies at the Warehouse Project in Manchester and London’s XOYO. Their DJ sets consistently deliver high energy euphoria, littered with their club-focused productions, and rare cuts explored and explained on their ever-popular Feel My Bicep blog and mixtape series. Yet, with all the club focus, McBriar and Ferguson found themselves wanting to explore the possibilities of the album format, and the experimental freedom and wider audience attendance with that choice. This summer, therefore, sees the release of their debut LP, Bicep.
Read the rest of the review in Clash Magazine.
[This piece was published on 06/09/17]