LISTEN TO THEIR LATEST EP HERE, DEDICATED TO ANDREW WEATHERALL
Listen to / buy ACR:EPC: https://mute.ffm.to/acrepc
FEATURING THE EMPEROR MACHINE, JACKNIFE LEE, MARIA UZOR (SINK YA TEETH) AND CHRIS MASSEY
FESTIVAL DATES AND TOURING THROUGHOUT 2021
“I still think ACR are one of this country’s most underrated bands.” – Andrew Weatherall (Jockey Slut, June 2000)
A Certain Ratio have released the second EP in a series of three, ACR:EPC – out now on cornflower blue vinyl and digitally: https://mute.ffm.to/acrepc
The new EP, which focusses on the art of collaboration and is dedicated to Andrew Weatherall, includes a collaboration between ACR and The Emperor Machine who have just been announced as very special guest on their November tour later this year.
Andrew Weatherall, who was in part responsible for the band reigniting, sadly passed away before they were able to collaborate. ‘The Guv’nor’ is the band’s tribute to the titan of the dance scene who had long championed ACR, including them on his 2000 compilation 9′ O Clock Drop, a compilation of songs that shaped his life. Written soon after his unexpected death in early 2020, MOJO described the track as “depth-charging techno with extra drums”.
‘YoYoGrip’ is the perfect marriage of two tracks from the band’s latest album, ACR Loco.
ACR, explain, “On this track, Jacknife Lee combines ‘YoYo Gi’ and ‘Get A Grip’ (feat. Maria Uzor) and gives them a new life in a new happy home, adding his own vocals and taking the tracks’ totally different tempos and keys, joining them up perfectly.”
The final track is a collaboration with Manchester remixer, producer, DJ, promoter and label head, Chris Massey. The band and Massey collaborated in 2019 after Massey remixed their single ‘Dirty Boy’ and this track is a mix of Massey’s ‘Music Control’.
Emperor Machine – feat. The Emperor Machine
YoYoGrip (long) – featuring Jacknife Lee and Maria Uzor (Sink Ya Teeth)
Musik Kontrol – featuring Chris Massey
This new EP comes hot on the heels of their recent release, ACR:EPA, a tribute to Denise Johnson, their last recordings together before her untimely passing, and will be followed by ACR:EPR (where “anything goes!”) in August.
ACR recently performed at the Big Foot Festival and will appear at We Out Here Festival in August, at the Wide Awake festivals in September and in 2022 they are scheduled to perform at Rockaway Beach and the rescheduled Futurama Festival. Later this year the band will continue their run of unmissable dates with a winter tour – starting in Huddersfield on 3 November, with a show at London’s EartH on 13 November, finishing at Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on 17 November.
ACR LIVE – 2021/2022
19-22 Aug – We Out Here Festival, Cambridgeshire
3 Sep – Wide Awake Festival, Brockwell Park, London
3 Nov – Huddersfield, The Parish*
4 Nov – Newcastle, St. Dom’s Social Club*
5 Nov – Manchester, Gorilla*
6 Nov – Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, The Sugarmill*
7 Nov – York, The Crescent*
9 Nov – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds*
10 Nov – Southampton, Engine Rooms*
11 Nov – Brighton, CHALK (formerly The Haunt) *
12 Nov – Bristol, The Exchange*
13 Nov – London, EartH*
15 Nov – Preston, The Ferrett*
16 Nov – Leeds, The Warehouse*
17 Nov – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut*
7-9 Jan 2022 – Bognor Regis, Rockaway Beach Festival
16 April 2022 – Futurama Festival, Liverpool
*with support from The Emperor Machine
Listen to / buy ACR:EPA, which went to #2 in the Official UK Vinyl Singles Chart and #3 in the Official UK Physical Singles Chart this week, here: https://mute.ffm.to/acrepa
Pre-order ACR:EPR: https://mute.ffm.to/acrepr
ACR Loco – described by Uncut as “their best LP in decades” – was released in 2020.
PRAISE FOR ACR LOCO
“ACR Loco is riotous, life affirming and bristling with energy” – ELECTRONIC SOUND
“A Certain Ratio found a powerful formula: paying heed to where they came from while keeping the door open for more all night parties in their future.” – PITCHFORK
“A gloriously heady mix evoking the ecstatic spirit of a chemical haze” – METRO
“…a distillation of the group’s entire career, a blend of funk, electro, indie guitar post-punk, acid house, rave-on Madchester and more…a serious party album.” – BROOKLYN VEGAN
“…pioneering groove alchemists” – THE QUIETUS “Cult punk funkateers” – UNCUT
“… mould-breakers” – MOJO “… pioneering, criminally overlooked” – ELECTRONIC SOUND
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