At the tail end of their most prolific year to date, Northern Irish duo Bicep have had a lot of reasons to size up the new age competition. Back on their own Feel My Bicep imprint, their follow-up to “Satisfy” offers up another fine serving of the upfront house values that have catapulted them to the forefront of the craft. An effective and familiar concoction of scattered keys and heavyset grooves make “Snack Bar” another song in the key of a duo whose underground hallmarks seem only to go grow more effective with time. Whether it’s the caliber of their music or the timing of their universal explosion, Bicep look buoyantly poised to keep their finger locked onto the pulse of European house music for 2014.
Northern Ireland’s Bicep have been hard at work this year cranking out high-quality remixes, collaborations, and original pieces, and setting a standard as one of the most solid artists in their genre. “Satisfy,” the group’s new track on their Feel My Bicep imprint and the centerpiece of their forthcoming Satisfy EP, is Bicep’s most assured and direct statement yet. String pads in the background swell and wane with movements, and a piercing vocal hits throughout, but Bicep show their mastery by allowing the tune to breathe and develop on its own.
Release Date: November 25th
The UK’s Simian Mobile Disco and Bicep have linked up for a bit of a dream team collaboration situation on their latest “Sacrifice.” The tune is lush in analog synths and 909s, packing a powerful melodic techno punch for fans of either of the groups’ individual sounds. Clocking in at just under nine minutes in length, they’ve really given the track room to grow and though it has more crossover potential than much else of their peers’ releases, it also rings true to a certain level of originality coming out of these camps in recent months.
We’re a little more than one week away from the long-awaited release of Disclosure‘s debut album Settle, and the remixes are already beginning to roll in. Earlier today, Mixmag premiered Bicep‘s remix for Disclosure’s most recent single “You & Me” with vocalist Eliza Doolittle. Bicep has been all over the map as of late — working with Simian Mobile Disco and Ejeca and taking their talents to Radio 1 and no shortage of other outlets. The pairing is logical enough too, both duos focus on their own tinge of neo-house garage revival, bringing the 2-step back into the scene in very positive ways. Bicep’s rework is a tougher interpretation of the original, focusing less on the sticky sweet vocals and light atmospherics and more on a hard-lined, synthed-out sonic foundation.
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Northern Ireland’s Bicep originally their Vision of Love EP on vinyl in September of last year, but as the duo explained, they never really thought the first contribution to their newly formed Feel My Bicep imprint would go too far. When making the track, they’d sampled Kevin and Ann Saunderson’s “Good Love” (you’ll hear it chopped to some extent over the upbeat piano riffs) but once the EP had gained some considerable traction, felt it only fair to come back to the Detroit legend and his wife to discuss ownership. As luck would have it, both parties were interested in an arrangement (and Kevin liked the track) so although the B-side of the duo’s EP will remain vinyl only, the lead single has been released digitally on Kevin’s own KMS Records. See how easy that can be, Will.i.am?
Ejeca has been all up in the face of an 90s house music resurgence, with tracks like “You” with Bicep and “Night Rays,” and this latest collaboration with Los Angeleno Rhythm Operator is no different. “Raid” is one-part Jock Jams and one part organic warehouse rave. Pete Tong is certainly a fan of Ejeca and the general Waze & Odyssey crew that is racking up bangers left and right on W&O Street Tracks as of late, and it’s pretty clear this sound is going to dominate radio waves and dance floors in 2013. Click through to stream a preview below.