Simian Mobile Disco & Bicep: Sacrifice
This is a killer collaboration between two of my old favourite forefathers of the electro scene SMD and two of my favourite new retro-revivalist upstarts, Bicep. Jon Cassell over at Blahblahblah‘s take on the track and what the collaboration represents sums up my view nicely:
“Blah Blah Blah started life as an Electro party back in 2007, of which Simian Mobile Disco were a regular feature in our sets with records such as ‘The Beat’, ‘Hustler’ etc, however fast forward 6 years and we’d have to say that Bicep among other recent acts have replaced the likes of Simian’s in our record box. In particular Bicep’s ‘Vision Of Love’ and ‘You‘ have been heavy hitters for sometime now…….so imagine our anticipation when we saw this collaboration of past and present BBB heroes. However, are we really allowed to like this record?
According to a narrow minded promoter we recently spoke to, this meeting of minds is most likely blasphemous to him. Apparently if you started out in the electro scene you should still only be listening and playing records from that period. Normally we’re not ones for getting involved in such petty short sightedness, however considering this recent collaboration I must admit I’m curious if said un-named person would be keen to point out to Bicep & SMD that they are contravening all rules of engagement and consequently should not be working together. Music moves on, so do tastes and as a writer who is a passionate forager of new electronic music both old and new, this is a timely reminder that music evolves and minds from different eras can meet and cross the void of time to create high quality electronic music. We’ve pre-ordered our copy.”
It should also be pointed out to said un-named person that if he can call the last 3 or 4 years of SMD’s output ‘electro’, he doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about, and that the best and most enduring artists and club nights have always move forward to embrace new sounds. But then I seriously doubt he could be a promoter anymore with an attitude like that, anyway.
If you want an example of exciting promoters who look to combine the best elements of the past and present to create an exciting whole, look no further than the Bicep boys themselves. Tomorrow night, their warehouse party at Oval Space brings together two long-standing legends of dance music, Glasgow’s DJ duo Optimo and Brooklyn genre bending masters, Metro Area Live.
A staple within the scene for over 15 years, DJ duo Twitch & JG Wilkes, aka Optimo, both started out playing different music; Twitch – electro, noisy rock and the eighties New York punk funk of Liquid Liquid (from who they borrowed their name) and Wiles reggae, funk and jazz. From performing as separate entities for 10 years, to hosting their Sunday Optimo residence at Sub Club in Glasgow every weekend for 13 years straight. There will be a shit load of shazamming going on during their eclectic set: their record collection goes deeeeeeeep.
The brainchild of veteran producers Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani, Metro Area was born out of the duo’s dichotomous love of both the old moods of R&B, disco and boogie and the more cutting-edge sound of innovative house and techno. Their track Miura was voted RA’s number one track of the last decade. Yeah. They’re that good.
Finally, Bicep, aka Belfast boys Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar, have this year swiftly risen to near the top of everyone’s favourite new DJ lists and to the top of tomorrow’s bill. The tremendous depth of their musical knowledge has stood them in good stead, providing the fuel for some really great DJ sets as well as their own musical productions. Brought together through a common obsession with all things analog, their blog, ‘Feel My Bicep’, has grown to be the first port of call for those searching for cutting-edge and hard-to-find disco, house and garage.
All in all, the night looks set to be a bit special. Here’s a belting remix the boys did of Ripperton’s Let’s Hope to whet your whistles for tomorrow and kickstart the weekend in style.