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Bicep are an electronic music duo from Belfast, Northern Ireland, consisting of Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar.[1][2]

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HistoryEdit

Bicep was formed in 2009 as a production and DJing pair in London, UK. The duo, childhood friends,[3] created a blog called "Feel My Bicep" and posted lost and forgotten disco, Chicago house, Detroit techno and Italo disco edits.[4][5]

They released tracks on labels Throne of Blood, Traveller Records and Mystery Meat before joining Will Saul's Aus Music and setting up their own label Feel My Bicep in September 2012.[6][7] That year the pair were awarded DJ Mag's 'Best of British Breakthrough DJ' award.

In 2014, the pair moved into a new studio in Shoreditch.[8]

In 2015, the duo performed live for the first time at the AVA festival in Belfast, with Matthew doing vocals, which was recorded by Boiler Room.[9]

After signing to Ninja Tune in 2017, Bicep released their long-awaited debut album Bicep, which went in at number 20 in the UK Album Charts[10] and received positive reviews on its release, with support from publications such as Pitchfork, The Guardian, Resident Advisor and Mixmag.

Live performancesEdit

In recent years, Bicep have toured extensively around the world.[11]

Between 2017-2018, the duo embarked on an extensive live headline world tour to sell-out venues across the US, Japan and Europe. Back in the UK, they sold out shows at Electric Brixton[12], Roundhouse[13] and three consecutive dates at Printworks[14] in London. In December 2018, Bicep performed at the Magnetic Fields Festival in Alsisar, Rajasthan.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Extended playsEdit

Title Label Year
Silk EP Throne of Blood 2011
Vision Of Love Feel My Bicep 2012
You/Don't EP Aus Music 2012
Stash EP Aus Music 2013
Circles EP Aus Music 2014
Just EP AUS Records 2015
Aura Ninja Tune 2017
Glue Ninja Tune 2017
Vale Ninja Tune 2017
Rain Ninja Tune 2018

SinglesEdit

Title Label Year
Darwin (12") Throne of Blood 2010
313 / The Winter (12") Traveller Records 2010
Vision of Love (12", 180) Feel My Bicep 2012
Getcha Boi Feel My Bicep 2012
Bicep / Unknown Artist - Make Love In Public Places (12", Ltd) Love Fever Records 2012
Vision of Love KMS 2013
Satisfy (12", 180) Feel My Bicep 2013
Simian Mobile Disco & Bicep - Sacrifice (12") Delicacies 2013
Bicep & Midland - D-Mil (Club & Dub) (12", Ltd, Han) Feel My Bicep 2014
Bicep, Hammer - Lyk Lyk (12", 180) Feel My Bicep 2014
Satisfy Remixes (12", 180)) Feel My Bicep 2014
Bicep, Hammer - Dahlia Feel My Bicep 2015
Just AUS Records 2015[16]
Aura Ninja Tune 2017
Glue Ninja Tune 2017
Vale Ninja Tune 2017

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bicep interview". Time Out London, Oliver Keens, 7 May 2013
  2. ^ "BICEP". Freq, 2 March 2013
  3. ^ "Q&A with Bicep". Anthem Magazine, Cooper Saver, 22 October 2012
  4. ^ "Bicep’s Essential Mix debut is a must-listen for house heads". In the Mix, 29 September 2014, Krystal Rodriguez
  5. ^ "Bicep: the bloggers who became house music heroes". The Guardian, Sam Richards, 12 August 2016
  6. ^ "Bicep Interview: Fit to flexBicep Interview: Fit to flex". Skiddle, Becca Frankland, 13 January 2016
  7. ^ "FEEL MY BICEP". FEEL MY BICEP. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  8. ^ "Bicep: The retro-loving party taskforce invite us into their cluttered beat laboratory". Crack Magazine, 12 August 2014
  9. ^ "Nialler9's New Irish Music: Rosa Nutty, Katie Kim and Overhead, The Albatross". The Irish Times, 26 August 2015, Niall Byrne
  10. ^ "Bicep | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  11. ^ "Bicep to release debut album on Ninja Tune". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. 2017-06-15. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  12. ^ Advisor, Resident. "Bicep - Live + Special Guests". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  13. ^ "BICEP (LIVE) -". www.roundhouse.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  14. ^ "Bicep (Live) + Overmono (Live) + Moxie". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  15. ^ Wilson, Scott (15 June 2017). "Bicep to release debut album on Ninja Tune". Fact. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  16. ^ "INTERVIEW: Bicep". The Quietus, Eden Tizard , June 10th, 2016

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