In Yer Face (Bicep remix) - (7:41) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
In Yer Face (Bicep Acid dub) - (6:26) 120 BPM
Review: For those of a certain age, the opening seconds of 808 State's 1991 rave anthem "In Yer Face" - a combination of memorable melody lines and loved-up chords - are still capable of setting the pulse racing. Bicep have taken on the task of updating Graham Massey and company's anthem for a new generation, serving up two fresh interpretations. Wisely, they emphasize the spine-tingling goodness of the Manchester outfit's chord progressions on their A-side remix, getting rougher, tougher and weightier as the track progresses. Their flipside acid dub - where electro-inspired breakbeats, heavy bass and floatation tank melodies are expertly combined with ragged TB-303 lines - recalls the similarly-minded thrills of DJ Parrot and Mark Brydon's 'Sunshine Dub' of DJ Mink's early Warp slammer "Hey! Hey! Can U Relate?".
FMB 007
30 Sep 16
Techno
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Vision Of Love - (7:55) 123 BPM
   
Keep Keep - (6:34) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Getcha Boi - (6:22) 121 BPM
Review: Bicep's ascent from a blog collective with obvious taste and passion for all forms of dance music into a fully fledged brand continues apace with the foundation of Feel My Bicep, a new label named in honour of their blog which promises to showcase their own growing production nous. Vision Of Love will probably go down as one of this year's most ubiquitous releases, given the advance clamour for its release and it's not hard to see why. Yes the three tracks here contain an obvious nod to the 90s New Jersey sound Bicep clearly adore, but there's a clear craft to their execution and the title track is massively infectious.
FMB 001
25 Sep 15
Deep House
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Satisfy (Brassica remix) - (5:35) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Satisfy (John Talabot Rain mix) - (9:02) 120 BPM
   
Satisfy (John Talabot alt mix) - (7:34) 122 BPM
Review: Second time round for Bicep's 2013 single Satisfy, which sees the early Italian house influenced melodic rush of the breakbeat-clad original moulded into new shapes by Brassica and John Talabot. Pleasingly, both producers deliver radical reinterpretations, with Brassica in particular impressing with a fluid, dreamy take full of vintage synthesizers, humid low-end grooves and tropical textures. Talabot meanwhile builds a bright-eyed, atmospheric deep house groove out of analogue electronics, vintage synths, darting melodies and a sublime, shuffling rhythm. Major props to the Boys from Belfast, who've thought outside the box - certainly with the choice of Brassica - on this excellent remix package.
FMB 003
25 Sep 15
Deep House
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Lyk Lyk - (7:06) 133 BPM
   
Poly Pineapple - (5:55) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bicep & Hammer - "Icebowl" - (5:04) 77 BPM
   
Bicep & Hammer - "Day 3" - (6:25) 130 BPM
Review: By their standards, 2014 has been a relatively quiet year for Belfast boys Bicep, with a remix 12" and the Circles EP on Aus Music their only releases of note. "Lyk Lyk" is, then, a welcome return to action. The title track is particularly sweaty and once again mines vintage rave influences, with fluid synths and cut-up vocals riding a classic late '80s/early '90s breakbeat groove. "Poly Pineapple" is a little deeper, with waves of wide-eyed synths crashing over a thumping house groove. On the flipside, the duo join forces with partner-in-blogging Hammer for a couple of cuts; the woozy, glacial, synth-heavy "Icebowl" and "Day 3", a stomping chunk of retro-futurist techno smothered in 808 State style synths. Balearic techno anyone?
FMB 004
25 Sep 15
Deep House
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Satisfy - (6:48) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Snackbar - (6:13) 124 BPM
   
The Final Trip - (5:45) 123 BPM
Played by: Kocleo
Review: Wind your memory reels back to September 2012 and Northern Irish pair Bicep unleashed Vision Of Love on their own newly established Feel My Bicep label. Since then Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar's project has arguably become a brand, they've released music on Will Saul's Aus label, played more festivals than Arnie's pumped pounds of iron at the gym and inspired a whole new generation of production talent. Just over a year since that FMB debut, Ferguson and McBriar return with a second 12" which is all set to match the records set by Vision Of Love. Lead track "Satisfy" discards with the 90s house aesthetic in favour of a breakbeat lead groove that's a bit 80s freestyle and a bit Baltimore club, whilst "Snackbar" demonstrates Bicep are increasingly willing to take a tougher approach - as anyone whose seen their recent techno heavy sets will attest. Head to "The Final Trip" for a taste of that classic pairing of jackin' 909 and Juno 60 in full flight.
FMB 002
25 Sep 15
Deep House
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Dahlia - (7:50) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bicep - "Seagulls" - (5:44) 120 BPM
   
Bicep - "Rays" - (5:59) 123 BPM
   
Go (Flanger mix) - (5:04) 120 BPM
   
Go (Bicep Liquid mix) - (6:13) 120 BPM
Review: Northern Irish duo Bicep has built their production career on blending, repackaging and reimagining classic house influences. It's little surprise, then, to find that this latest 12" does the same. Hammer collaboration "Dahlia" sets the tone, combining the bold pianos of vintage Italian house with the kind of dreamy pads and snappy drum machine rhythms that recall the Halcyon days of late '80s/early '80s Balearic house. There's more of a sweaty warehouse feel about "Rays" - all yelping female vocal cuts, booming garage bass and skipping beats - while "Seagulls" sits somewhere between the two tracks, offering both bottom-end bump and eyes-closed sweetness.
FMB 005
25 Sep 15
Deep House
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Lovelee Dae (Bicep remix) - (6:58) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lovelee Dae (Bicep dub) - (6:58) 124 BPM
Review: Given their well discussed love of vintage U.S house and garage, it's little surprise to see Bicep taking on the potentially tricky task of remixing Blaze's 1996 New Jersey classic, "Lovelee Dae". Wisely, the Belfast boys have retained many of the original's sumptuous elements -sweeping strings, rich chords and summery vocal included - and expertly fused them with carnival-friendly drums and a deliciously tactile, Italian house style bassline. The fine vocal mix is accompanied by a similarly impressive Dub, where the duo makes merry with floating, delay-heavy vocal snippets, filters, and their own dense, party-rocking rhythm.
FMB 006
26 Aug 16
Deep House
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Waves Reach - (6:15) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dust - (6:22) 127 BPM
   
Dust (Private Press remix) - (5:51) 134 BPM
   
Waves Reach (Voiski remix) - (6:29) 128 BPM
   
Dust (dub) - (6:19) 127 BPM
Played by: Pan-Pot
Review: Following their Pressure EP on their own label, Brame & Hamo now deliver a storming four-tracker for Bicep's imprint. "Waves Reach" is a pulsating slice of electronic disco, supported by vocodered vocals and atmospheric synths. It's also certain to appeal to house and techno DJs thanks to its streamlined groove. "Dust" sees the duo adopt a relatively similar approach, but this time, the central rhythm is tougher, veering into visceral builds, while accompanied by cosmic pipes and breathy vocals. Private Press, who have released on Rekids, deliver a remix of "Dust", where the beats are toughened up and the original samples are filtered in and out of a robust rhythm. The label has also tapped Voiski for a remix, and he turns "Waves Reach" into an epic affair, with ghostly synths shimmering their way over a steely rhythm.
FMB 015
01 Nov 19
Techno
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Time Tunnel (original mix) - (7:58) 117 BPM
   
Wryders (original mix) - (7:31) 125 BPM
   
Time Tunnel (The Sphinx edit) - (8:01) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Time Tunnel (Roy Of The Ravers remix) - (3:51) 136 BPM
Review: Bicep has long been fans of Brassica's brand of hard-to-define electronic music, so it's little surprise to see him delivering the latest single on their revitalized Feel My Bicep imprint. He begins with the tactile, four-in-the-morning hypnotism of "Time Tunnel", where spaced out electronics and cyclical riffs ride an ultra-deep, locked-in groove, before doffing a cap to vintage Meat Beat Manifesto and early Orbital on the thrilling "Wryders". You'll then find two interpretations of "Time Tunnel": a warm, hazy and slightly more loved up edit by The Sphinx, and a thrusting, high-octane acid-meets-psychedelic techno assault from Roy of the Ravers.
FMB 009
09 Dec 16
Deep House
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Retribution (original mix) - (6:15) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Retribution (DeFeKT remix) - (5:44) 125 BPM
   
Retribution (Shanti Celeste's Chill mix) - (5:57) 125 BPM
Review: Three very different mixes make up this latest release from Belfast duo Bicep's label. In its Original Form, 'Retribution' is a spaced-out deep house jam with a nice warm, chunky bassline, shimmering synths and tons of dancefloor energy, but the two rerubs take us into completely different territory. In DeFeKT's hands the track becomes an exercise in 80s electro nostalgia, albeit with a hint of prog and the fuller sound that comes from modern production methods, while Shanti Celeste's Chill Mix draws on the very deepest of dubstep and the LA beats scene for inspiration.
FMB 012
16 Nov 18
Deep House
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C Space - (6:40) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Atlantic 252 - (6:34) 120 BPM
   
Inside Soul - (6:09) 122 BPM
Review: We were somewhat surprised to learn that this is Rory "Hammer" Hamilton's first appearance on chums and sometime studio partners Bicep's consistently on-point label. He's not been shirking mind, having released fine EPs on Optimo Music and Loft Records, amongst others. Happily, C-Space is a fine homecoming, with "C Space" track - a thrillingly intergalactic chunk of saucer-eyed techno that sits somewhere between classic Motor City fare, Orbital and vintage Circulation and early '90s - ranking among Hamilton's best work to date. The deep space vibes then continue via the rubbery electro-meets-intelligent techno flex of "Atlantic 252", while closer "Inside Soul" is a deeper and even more spacey chunk of emotive machine funk.
FMB 011
02 Mar 18
Deep House
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Parabola - (5:44) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Panoptic - (6:22) 122 BPM
   
Entropy - (6:14) 124 BPM
Review: Glasgow-based Irishman Rory Hamilton aka Hammer follows up his previous Feel My Bicep outings with three machine-driven new tracks on the Parabola EP - which extract a rich sense of emotion from an evolving analogue setup. There's the slinky and hypnotic title track, awash in shimmering melodies, emotive pads and tight rhythms for an overall sublime experience, while for something more upbeat and funky he serves up the razor sharp, bass-driven groove of "Panoptic" until "Entropy" closes out this terrific EP in true style. An emotive 'hi-tech soul' journey in the tradition of the original Detroit sound - indeed we were really feeling this one!
FMB 014
20 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Signs - (6:50) 118 BPM
   
Arc - (7:39) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Arc (Benjamin Damage remix) - (7:23) 132 BPM
   
Signs (John Beltran's 80s Reset remix) - (5:45) 119 BPM
   
Signs (John Beltran's Easy Summer mix) - (7:01) 118 BPM
Review: We're not sure that rising star James Shinra has ever released anything quite as inspired as this first EP for Feel My Bicep. Opener "Signs" is superb: a melodious and ear-catching affair that wraps IDM and ambient techno style electronic motifs around a deep, chunky and fluid house groove. "Arc", the track that follows, is similarly minded, with cascading Boards of Canada style melodies and psychedelic electronics bubbling away atop a futuristic house groove. That's given a thoroughly dirty and sleazy bleep techno style makeover by Benjamin Damage before John Beltran offers his interpretations of "Signs". There's the gorgeous deep electro loveliness of the "80s Reset Mix" and the rushing deep house sunshine that is the sublime "Easy Summer Mix".
FMB 013
26 Jul 19
Deep House
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Visa - (7:26) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Visa (Shinra remix) - (6:26) 124 BPM
   
Pinnk Slippz - (7:30) 120 BPM
Review: The Bicep boys have really been pushing their Feel My Bicep label this year, putting out strong material at a furious rate. Their latest single comes from Eden Burns and Tomas Krammer's Sandboards project. While the duo recently contributed a track to an EP on Krystal Clear's Cold Tonic imprint, the Visa EP is their debut single proper. "Visa" is something of a gem, and peppers a snappy rhythm track with sun-bright melodies and synth lines reminiscent of Red Rackem's ubiquitous "Wonky Bassline Disco Banger". James Clarke dons the Shinra alias to deliver a superb remix that looks to electrofunk and classic IDM for inspiration, while "Pink Slippz" sits somewhere between early trance, 1994 style intelligent techno, and mind-altering Italo-disco.
FMB 008
28 Oct 16
Deep House
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Hail Falls - (7:17) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hail Falls (Dark Sky remix) - (7:16) 124 BPM
   
Hail Falls (Hammer remix) - (6:56) 120 BPM
Played by: Djs Pareja
FMB 010
03 May 17
Techno
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