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A Certain Ratio return with a brand new 4-track EP set for release on limited edition 12” vinyl and digitally on 22 September 2023. The new release follows their latest album 1982 (released in spring this year), and includes three newly commissioned remixes of tracks from the album, alongside a brand-new track ‘Day by Day’, written and recorded with Ellen Beth Abdi – a seamless extension of 1982 to complete their playfully named 2023 EP.

 

Listen to the first track to be shared, a remix by fellow Mancunian and recent tour mate, Werkha, (Tom Leah) who has taken on one of the stand out singles from 1982. ‘SAMO’, named after Jean-Michael Basquiat and Al Diaz’s first art project, spent 4-weeks on the BBC 6Music playlist.

 

Elsewhere on the EP, close friend Andy Meecham, aka Emperor Machine reworks ‘Constant Curve’, the album track he originally co-wrote and contributed keyboards and electronic percussion to, while Manchester producer Jade Parker remixes ‘Waiting on a Train’ (feat. Ellen Beth Abdi & Chunky).

A Certain Ratio recently announced a unique tour that celebrates 45 years of the band’s incredible career. The dates will see A Certain Ratio perform two separate sets each night: the first set will represent the early years of their career from their Factory releases, including ‘All Night Party’, Sextet and Force, through to the next stage of their journey when they joined A&M in the late ‘80s, with songs such as ‘Won’t Stop Loving You’. The band will then reconvene for a set representing ACR from the early to mid-‘90s, with songs like ’27 Forever’ leading into their most recent releases with tracks from ACR Loco and 1982 and beyond to unreleased forthcoming material.

 

These very special dates, across intimate venues in the UK and beyond, kick off with a sold-out show London’s Moth Club on 10 November and finish at Band on the Wall in Manchester, the venue that hosted their 33 1/3 anniversary celebrations, also the site of The Musicians Collective where the band honed their craft at their earliest performances alongside artists such as Warsaw, The Fall, The Passage, Joy Division and many more.

Since they emerged from the hallowed grounds of the late 70s punk scene, A Certain Ratio have moved with gleeful disregard for boundaries of style and genre, their eye fixed firmly on constant progression. It’s an ethos that’s open-minded over all else, and that’s seen them take everything from experimental electronica to vintage funk, filtered through their own Mancunian lens. From their first release, All Night Party (1979, Factory Records) to the present day with their recent album, 1982 (2023, Mute) – home to recent singles ‘Holy Smoke’, the BBC 6Music playlisted ‘SAMO’ and ‘Afro Dizzy’ plusWaiting on a Train–  they defy expectation. 

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