A Certain Ratio Announce Final Phase Of Reissues Campaign


Photo: Paul Husband
A CERTAIN RATIO have announced the final phase in their studio album reissue series. Sextet (1982) will be released on orange vinyl in textured sleeve replicating the original Factory release, Change The Station (1997) will be released on double blue vinyl and Mind Made Up (2008) is out on double purple vinyl. Change The Station and Mind Made Up will appear on vinyl for the first time. CD and digital copies will also be available on July 27.

This is the latest installment in an ongoing collaboration with Mute and follows the release of The Graveyard And The BallroomTo Each and Force. This Friday will see the release of I’d Like To See You AgainGood TogetherUp In Downsville and ACR:MCR. Purchase the A Certain Ratio reissueshere.

Sextet (1982) - Dark and brooding, yet bright and funky, Sextet is a firm favorite amongst the critics. The album saw A Certain Ratio refine the experimentation of the first two albums and deliver a masterpiece that is as off-kilter and weird as it is commercial and pop. Listen to “Crystal” here.

Change The Station (1986) - An abstract album that sees A Certain Ratio bring the funk to laid back ambience in a way that only they could. The party is still there and it's more hypnotic than ever. Listen to “Yeah Boy” here.

Mind Made Up (2008) - To date, this is A Certain Ratio’s last album release, and one that sees them explore pop closer than ever before - short sharp bursts of classic sing-a-long post-pop funk. Listen to “Bird to the Ground” here.

A new compilation will follow later in the year and various box sets will be released in 2019 to mark the 40th anniversary of the first releases by the band.

Known for their carnival atmosphere live performances, A Certain Raito have been playing blistering sold out shows throughout 2017 and 2018. A new series of dates have been announced. See below for an itinerary.
A Certain Ratio embraced the ethic and culture of the late seventies post-punk explosion, but sounded like nothing else around them and refused to fit in. Formed in 1978, the band had various members throughout their career and a core line-up comprised of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson.

Hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as “punk funk” thanks to the success of “Shack Up” on both sides of the Atlantic, their sound is not easily pigeon-holed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic.

They have gone on to influence generations of musicians including Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, Happy Mondays, Franz Ferdinand, ESG, Factory Floor and Andrew Weatherall.

The Guardian’s Dave Simpson paid tribute to the band, once described as “James Brown on acid” in a recent Cult Heroes piece: “Once you start listening to A Certain Ratio, it’s difficult to stop”.

For a look inside the band’s early days, watch the inspiring short film Tribeca, directed by Michael Shamberg, here.

May 25 – Leeds, England – Belgrave Music Hall
June 30 – Birmingham, England – Hare and Hounds (w/ Sink Ya Teeth)
September 7 – Portmeirion, Wales – Festival Nº6
September 15 – Dublin, Ireland – The Sugar Club
September 22 – Helsinki, Finland – Aaniwalli
September 29 – Edinburgh, Scotland – Voodoo Rooms
November 24 – Manchester, England – Gorilla
December 1 – Clitheroe, England – The Grand
A Certain Ratio are supporters of Artists Against Hunger and will donate £1 for each ticket sold in 2018. For further details, please go to http://againsthunger.uk/acr