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Bicep have finally announced the release of their debut self-titled album which will be released via Ninja Tune on September 1st.

The Belfast duo have also shared the album’s first single ‘Aura’ which you can hear in full below and has been the subject to months of speculation. “It was a happy experiment… you might call it an accident,” they explain. “We’d been playing with this specific and very complicated gear-chain for a while but nothing worked, or didn’t feel musical enough… then it all just fell into place and ‘Aura’ appeared.”

“For us it’s important to be part of a label that looks broadly at music,” explains Matt McBriar on why the duo decided to sign to Ninja Tune. “We felt no restrictions at Ninja to be pigeonholed,” continues Andy.

Displaying a theme of technical experimentalism and a deft melodic touch which runs throughout the entire record, it’s this openness and no-rules approach to music making which has allowed Bicep to establish a unique position all their own on an increasingly crowded global dance stage.

The album ‘Bicep’ is the perfect summation of the duo’s career to date — it’s a sonic tour of their history touching the cornerstones of underground club culture.

Matt and Andy have pulled off the rarest of feats, to make a singularly unique electronic record founded on the blueprint of classic house, techno, electro and Italo disco, but flipped and morphed into a fresh design bearing the unique Bicep sonic signature. It’s a perfectly succinct album: loose, raw and energetic enough for the dancefloor, yet refined, artfully composed and contemplative enough for home listening.

Pre-Order Bicep’s debut album, ‘Bicep’, here.

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.