6/30/2020

A Certain Ratio Announce First New Album in 12 Years; Listen to "Always In Love"

A CERTAIN RATIO
 
ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
 
ACR LOCO
OUT SEPTEMBER 25
 
LISTEN TO “ALWAYS IN LOVE”
credit: Paul Husband
"...ACR made some of the most seminal yet underrated post-punk, avant-pop, and tweaked funk of an era filled with hybrid explorations…” – PITCHFORK
 
“… pioneering, criminally overlooked” – ELECTRONIC SOUND
 
“Cult punk funkateers” – UNCUT
 
A CERTAIN RATIO are back with a new album, ACR Loco. Revitalized by their most successful tour in over two decades, the band returned to the studio to record their first album in 12 years – due for release September 25 on Mute. Listen to the first single taken from the album, the poignantly beautiful “Always In Love”here.
 
The new 10-track album will be released on CD, cassette, limited edition colored vinyl and digital platforms. The vinyl will be available in one of four colors: white, blue, red and turquoise, randomly packed, with each color of varying rarity. Pre-order ACR Loco here.
 
ACR Loco was recorded by the core line up of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson with contributions from the ACR live line up – Tony Quigley on sax, Denise Johnson adds vocals and Matt Steele provides keyboards. Additional guests include Sink Ya Teeth’s Maria Uzor and Gemma CullingfordGabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor) and Manchester luminaries Mike Joyce and Eric Random.
 
“This album is a culmination of everything we've ever done,” explains Kerr. The album distills the different directions and styles that have run throughout the band’s career, one that began in the late ‘70s with Factory Records’ first ever 7” release. “Digging into the past for the boxset [ACR:BOX was released in 2019 on Mute] must have rubbed off on us and influenced the current album,” says Moscrop. “I think it helped spark up our imagination. It allowed us to work in some of the past as we move forward into the future.”
 
Keen on the joys of collaboration and sharing, it makes sense that adding the ACR touch to other artists via a series of reworks led to their latest album taking shape. Recent reworks of tracks for the likes of Barry AdamsonThe Charlatans and Maps saw the band return to the studio to unpick those original tracks. “The reworks were crucial,” says Donald Johnson. “They got us back in the studio and forced a union and a bond. They allowed us to start getting a groove again.” Kerr mirrors this. “We love doing the reworks because it's just us doing our thing,” he says. “The three of us jamming is really the basis of it all. Once you get that groove there’s no stopping us.”
 
The first sounds from the album were heard earlier this month when “Friends Around Us (Part 2)” debuted after Tim’s Twitter Listening Party. This was followed by a limited edition 7” released in two parts across both sides of the vinyl, in homage to some of the great soul releases of the ‘70s and ‘80s. The 7” was available exclusively through the Love Record Stores Event to help struggling independent retailers.
 
Listen to Martin Moscrop discuss “Friends Around Us” in Mute Short Circuit (at Home) here.

Following the success of their recent touring, A Certain Ratio have been nominated for the Best Live Act at this year’s AIM Awards. Voting closes on July 5. Vote here.
 
A Certain Ratio + Mute = Good Together
 

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ACR Loco tracklisting
1. Friends Around Us
2. Bouncy Bouncy
3. Yo Yo Gi
4. Supafreak
5. Always In Love
6. Family
7. Get A Grip
8. Berlin
9. What’s Wrong
10. Taxi Guy
 
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