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A Certain Ratio Announce Live Dates

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Manchester’s A Certain Ratio, who recently announced a partnership with Mute Records, have announced a series of dates. The first, in May for Liverpool Sound City, will be followed by a London performance at Venue 229 on 24 June and a series of European dates through the summer, with more to be announced.

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 of Jeremy 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, adding great clothes and the coolest haircuts.

A Certain Ratio’s myriad influences created their uniquely eclectic sound, one that the band once described as “James Brown on acid”.  Some of these influences include Brian Eno, James Brown, Miles Davies, Tower of Power, Airto Moreira, The Velvet Underground, Kraftwerk and Wire, to name a few. They have gone on to influence generations of musicians - from Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, Happy Mondays, Franz Ferdinand, ESG, Factory Floor and Andrew Weatherall.

Listen to 4 tracks here

Watch the short film Tribeca, directed by Michael Shamberg

LIVE DATES

25 May - UK, Liverpool Sound City

24 June - UK, London Venue 229

1 July - IT, Foligno Dancity

 

3 Aug - NL, Amsterdam Dekmental

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Brand New Adult. Album

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ADULT. (Detroit’s Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller) have announced details of a new collaborative album, Detroit House Guests featuring Douglas J McCarthy from Nitzer Ebb, Michael Gira from Swans, Shannon Funchess from Light Asylum & More, via Mute on double vinyl and CD on 17 March 2017.

The collaborative project, conceived by ADULT. in the early 2000s became a reality in 2014 after they received a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant. Based on the visual artist residency model, each musician came to ADULT.’s studio for a three week period with the parameter that they all live, work and collaborate together. The album features collaborations with a whole host of musicians and artists.

ADULT. played their first live show together in Germany in 1997 under the name Artificial Material. In early '98 they released their first 12" under the moniker Plasma Co. later that year, they released their first 12" under the name ADULT.

Currently, they have released six albums and 19 EPs or singles on Ghostly International, Thrill Jockey and Clone Records, as well as on their own label Ersatz Audio, (which currently has over 40 releases since it was founded in '95). They have remixed over 20 acts as well, including Tuxedomoon, John Foxx, Death in Vegas and Pet Shop Boys (for Moog Music).

Listen to 'They’re Just Words', the first track to be taken from the album, featuring Nitzer Ebb’s Douglas J McCarthy here.

And watch the album trailer here.

Tracklisting-

P rts M ss ng (featuring Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe)

Breathe On (featuring Michael Gira)

Into the Drum (featuring Lun*na Menoh)

We Are a Mirror (featuring Douglas J McCarthy)

 

Enter the Fray (featuring Dorit Chrysler)

Uncomfortable Positions (featuring Lun*na Menoh)

We Chase the Sound (featuring Shannon Funchess)

They're Just Words (featuring Douglas J McCarthy)

Inexhaustible (featuring Dorit Chrysler)

Stop (and Start Again) (featuring Shannon Funchess)

This Situation (featuring Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe)

As You Dream (featuring Michael Gira)

 

 

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