As producers, DJs, label founders and avid record collectors, the London-based / Belfast-born duo Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson (aka Bicep) have become two of the most trusted curators of electronic music in the past decade. Their 2017 debut self titled album on Ninja Tune saw the duo make their most concise, articulate and daring musical statement yet.
Fittingly, the record encapsulates all that the duo have come to pioneer over their ten year career: it is the distillation of myriad influences and inspirations, a richly textured trip that channels the freeform experimentalism of early 90s IDM and renovates the house music blueprint. Furthermore, it succeeds in balancing club music with home listening, just as Matt and Andy have succeeded in breaking into the mainstream whilst remaining true to their underground roots.
Reflecting on their early years, Matt says: “There was a real competition amongst our friends to find the rarest bomb in music. It was a neverending hunt that led to the blog”. Their geographic isolation and friendly oneupmanship proved itself a strong platform for their Feel My Bicep blog, the goto site for the best lost and forgotten 80s synth, house, techno, Italo disco, jungle, funk and more attracting over 100,000 visitors per month. Its popularity speaks volumes about the duo’s ability to traverse time and genre indiscriminately, expressing their passion and broad knowledge of music while connecting a worldwide community in the process.
Having built a sterling rep as curators, it was only a matter of time before the duo stepped up as producers. Cutting their production teeth with releases on Throne Of Blood, Traveller Records, Mystery Meat and Love Fever, Will Saul then snapped up the duo for a string of releases on his Aus Music imprint, including the now certified classic “Just EP” bearing the dazzling and ubiquitous title track that became the undisputed club track of 2015 and earned Bicep both Mixmag and DJ Mag’s ‘Track of the Year’.
Touring the world over, curating and selling out a long list of festivals and parties, their formidable DJ efforts snagged them the #8 ranking in Resident Advisor’s “Top 100 DJs” 2016 poll. The following years saw Bicep cement their status as one of the most exciting acts trough their spine-tingling live & dj shows.