Current track: Bicep & Hammer - Dahlia EP Sampler [First Media Beats]
London based, Belfast-born blogger-production-Dj duo Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson need little by way of introduction. Their 'Feel My Bicep blog" is the go-to place for tastemakers world-wide for lost and forgotten disco / Chicago house / Detroit techno / Italo edits and everything in-between. On a production tip, they have released on such labels as Throne Of Blood, Traveller Records, Mystery Meat and 2012 saw their critically acclaimed track $tripper get released on Love Fever hitting the top chart spots on Juno and selling out worldwide. Their remix track record has also been excellent with them stamping their distinguished sound upon works from Blondes, Toby Tobias, Disclosure, Blood Orange, Cosmic Kids and many more for labels such as Domino, Wolf Music and Tusk. Will Saul then snapped them up for his label Aus, with a collaborative EP including tracks 'You' and 'Don't,' which once again hit number one on Juno and caused the Beatport charts some bother. The Feel My Bicep label launched in September 2012 with the highly sought after 'Vision of Love. ‘It received great press worldwide and once again sold out whilst hitting the top spot at the stores. Room hosts at Fabric, a residency at We Love in Ibiza and bookings at Manchester's Warehouse Project then ensued, with 2012 ending very nicely for the duo who came in at 32 on the Resident Advisor End of Year DJ Poll.
2013 saw Bicep tour globally, including dates in North & South America, Australia, Asia and Dubai, with an especially busy summer, packed full of festivals. Between gigs, Bicep were hard at work in the studio and had a string of successful releases beginning with Stash on Aus, followed by a collaboration with production heavy hitters Simian Mobile Disco, and the result was Sacrifice released on SMD’s own Delicacies label. The track proved to be another success and was undoubtedly the work of two duos at the top of their production games. After Sacrifice came the three track release Satisfy, the second release on Feel My Bicep records. Like the first release on the Feel My Bicep label, FMB002 provided to be a huge hit, gaining radio and DJ support worldwide as well as selling out. Bicep also showed their ability to rework a track and they turned in two remixes of Aster – Cielo, on John Talabot’s Hivern Discs. On top of the music, Bicep released a limited edition range of Feel My Bicep T-shirts for which the demand outstripped supply leading to them selling out very quickly. As the year drew to a close they embarked on an Australian tour over New Year and rose up 4 places to 28 on the Resident Advisor top 100 DJs poll.
In 2014 Bicep continued where they left off with another three track EP released on Aus in May which leant more towards their techno side. They also contributed to Will Saul’s DJ Kicks compilation with their track Nova. This was then followed up with a remix for London based party and label Tief. During this time the Feel My Bicep events grew stronger throughout the year hosting Todd Terje's London album launch at Oval Space, an FMB event at London’s Corsica Studios and Berlins Panorama Bar; the latter a collaborative event with Frankfurt’s Robert Johnson. Feel My Bicep records had two main releases in 2014, the first (FMB003) being a remix 12” of their previous track Satisfy. Both John Talabot and Brassica turned in brilliant remixes which then led onto the release of FMB004, a 4 track club 12” including Lyk Lyk, the Italo techno hybrid Poly Pineapple and two collaborations with their old blog contributor Hammer called Icebowl and Day 3. Around this time their Essential Mix aired on BBC Radio One and was shortlisted as one of four best essential mixes of 2015. They also had standout sets with their We Love Residency at Space in Ibiza and closing the Yuma tent at Coachella. At the end of 2014 they linked up with another Aus affiliate, Midland and released a club 12” white label called D-Mil which gained plenty of support across the BBC and further afield.
In 2015 the relationship with Aus became further developed with the 4 track Just EP in May with the title track voted by the 'BBC Essential Mix' group as the best track of the year so far. It also became heavily rotated in the likes Jamie XX’s sets throughout the summer. The EP was closely followed by the announcement of Bicep becoming the new residents at London club XOYO, playing every Saturday night across the summer from July to September. They programmed guests such as Derrick May, Andrew Weatherall and 30+ more across the 13 week series. Other Feel My Bicep 2015 parties include the first stateside one in March which took place in LA, and an Off Sonar party in Barcelona with DJ Harvey in conjunction with Frankfurt’s Live at Robert Johnson in June.
Back in the studio, FMB005 (Dahlia EP) was released in September 2015, as well as remixes for Brassica’s new album and one for UK Acid House hero’s to be announced soon. US label ‘First Choice’ were reborn with a Bicep remix of Dyone – ‘Only Love Can Set U-Free,’ released in August and their edit of Dominica – ‘Gotta Let You Go’ quickly became one of the most talked about tracks of the summer, having debuted in their hometown Belfast Boiler Room for AVA Festival in May. The guys submitted a spattering of one off tracks for various compilations, including a track for Modeselektor’s closing 50 Weapons compilation called Closing Sequence, and Gerd Janson’s Musik For Autobahns Volume II out on Rush Hour named Carmine. Furthermore a track named “Malima” was released on the Craigie Knowes charity compilation, raising money for War Child. At the close of 2015 Bicep placed 17th in the Resident Advisor Dj Poll and their track Just, won both Mixmag and DJ Mag’s track of the year, as well as taking the top spot in the Best Of British DJ Mag poll, and being included in many other end of year round up lists.
2016 sees them work on their debut album as well as releasing remixes and more one-off tracks. They remixed Isaac Tichauer with a track titled Higher Level as well as further mixes for Ian Pooley and Brassica. FMB006 also comes in the form of a Bicep remix, with the duo taking on the classic Blaze track Lovelee Dae, (To be released on Feel My Bicep Records in August of 2016.) A further Hammer collaboration for AUS Music’s 100th release, titled Aracari, was also put out in Summer 2016.
Plans for FMB007 are set with the Bicep remixes of 808 State’s classictrack ‘In Yer Face’ finally seeing the light of day. Following on from this FMB008 and 9 are both planned for release before the year ends.
2016 was also the year that saw Bicep develop a Live show. This was debuted at Moogfest in the US before touring a handful of consciously picked clubs and festivals, (Field Day in London, Ava Festival in Belfast and Sub Club in Glasgow.) These early live shows were predominantly seen as a teaser before more live touring in 2017.