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Bicep

Bicep

Bicep

First full-length release from the Belfast-born duo and internationally acclaimed DJs and producers Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar

ADM rating[?]

7.7

Label
Ninja Tune
UK Release date
01/09/2017
US Release date
01/09/2017
  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    An album that functions seamlessly as a listen-in-one-sitting affair, with enough memorable stand-alone moments to keep the club contingent happy, Bicep's debut is a clear front-runner for best house record of the year
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  2. 9.0 |   Mixmag

    Most of all, it’s laser-focused in the pursuit of pleasure, and makes absolute sense as a complete album
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  3. 8.4 |   Resident Advisor

    Bicep have never been afraid to go for broke, and their debut album is all the better for it
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  4. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Their fiendish melodic coherence is sometimes riveting, particularly on the the Caribou-esque rushes of Opal or adrenal spikes of Aura – one of the dance tracks of the year
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  5. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Bicep became cult heroes because they grafted, and their sweaty palms are all over this record
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Bicep have taken all of their influences and crafted them into a delightfully homogeneous whole
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  7. 8.0 |   State

    A special blend of cinematic ecstasy and expertly crafted dance music that is going to wonderfully complement the pair’s live concept
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  8. 8.0 |   Clash

    The amalgamation of influences and sounds in ‘Bicep’ merely attests to the duo’s love for their music and passion for unearthing subgenres, bringing them always to new ears
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  9. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It feels like a body of work that’s been carefully planned and thought-out, which is ironic, given so much of it was just 'a happy experiment'
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  10. 7.5 |   Earbuddy

    An album which comes out strong and never loses its momentum
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  11. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    A lean and consciously paced survey of UK dance sounds with hints of psychedelia
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  12. 7.0 |   All Music

    Bicep's debut album essentially delivers what fans have come to expect; for newcomers, the duo revisits some of the more open-hearted elements of '90s dance music without succumbing to the period's cheesiest trappings
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  13. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    While the record's strengths are the more upbeat, club-ready tracks, their experimental aspirations are admirable, too
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  14. 7.0 |   The 405

    An hour's worth of some the UK's better-known dance scenes distilled into a well produced single space
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  15. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Whilst Bicep does have other influences as noted, it doesn’t do complete justice to the duo. It’s good, it could be considerably better
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