Bicep - the Belfast-born, London-based duo of Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson - have released their first ever official music video for recent single 'Aura'. Directed by Matilda Finn, who is just off the back of directing “Lost” by Danny Brown. The video, which was inspired by the definition of Aura - the distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place - is a journey into a dream sequence where the viewer follows an elusive figure and those that are drawn to him on a journey to the edges of humanity.
Since its release, 'Aura' has collected hundreds of thousands of streams and surged to the top 5 on Spotify’s Viral Chart, until then simply having been tagged as ‘Unreleased Bicep’ on countless bootleg recordings from recent gigs, uploaded by fans trying desperately to ID and get their hands on the track.
The duo recently announced their biggest headline live show yet at London’s Roundhouse on 28 April 2018. The show announcement comes after selling out their Electric Brixton live date in 24 hours and sharing news of their self-titled debut album, to be released on 1st September 2017 via Ninja Tune.
Their debut album is the perfect summation of their career to date - a sonic tour of their history touching the cornerstones of underground club culture and sees the duo pull off the rarest of feats: to make a singularly unique electronic record founded on the blueprint of classic house, techno, electro and Italo disco, but flipped and morphed into a fresh design bearing the unique Bicep sonic signature.
Bicep are first and foremost music lovers with a deep-rooted knowledge and passion for music of all varieties. Over the span of their 10-year career, they have celebrated the music that inspires them via their Feelmybicep blog. Founded in 2008, its runaway success (it now sees over 100,000 visitors a month) spawned a record label of the same name, a club night, and took the duo out of the UK and embedded them on the international stage via highly sought after DJ sets that reflected the eclecticism celebrated on their blog. Accordingly they are venerated as trusted and esteemed curators in electronic music today.
The formidable DJs have toured the world over, curating and selling out a long list of Feel My Bicep parties including Manchester Warehouse Project, a 12-week residency at XOYO and their annual Italo Disco parties. In 2016 Andy and Matt built and tested a roof-raising live show, which earlier this year took Coachella, Glastonbury and Primavera festivals by storm. With the Electric Brixton stop on the forthcoming tour already sold out in 24 hours, the Roundhouse show is the next step up the duo’s ever-higher ladder of live accolades. Bicep continue to take their epic live show on the road until the end of the year with over 25 stops including headline performances in London, Berlin, Los Angeles & New York as well as Electric Picnic and Pitchfork Paris festivals. All dates & tickets available now at bicepmusic.com/tour.
Major Lazer’s Johannesburg, South Africa-shot video for ‘Particula’ has premiered today. Directed by South African filmmaker Adriaan Louw, the video features appearances from native South Africans Maphorisa and Nasty C, Nigerian rapper Ice Prince, and Nigerian-American recording artist Jidenna.
Saturday, December 2, will see thousands of music fans flock to Mt Smart Stadium for Our:House Summerfest 2017 - a very exclusive outdoor festival full of world-renowned international electronic artists plus a few of the local favourites.
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
Whilst Sonny Landreth is a well known slide-guitar master, zydeco enthusiast and phenomenal blues legend, what you may not know about him, is that he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the entire universe.
He was always the boy next door type energy, that type of person you just always wanted to be around. From day one, Shay Taylor has always been one to break the mold and live life in such a vibrant and contagious manner, that no matter who he spoke to, they walked away feeling great!
One month on from the release of their third album [Wade Waist Deep], American rock band Thomas Wynn & The Believers are back on the road, breaking beyond the southern rock scene with complex, pulsing rhythms and breathtaking harmonies.
Due to significant weekend rainfall, and the forecast of more rain over the next 72 hours, Coffs Harbour City Council, Frontier Touring, John Logan Entertainment and Midnight Oil management have met and reviewed the site for Midnight Oil’s show on Thursday 19 October.
After their 2012 Mercury Prize-nominated debut and 2015’s Top 20 follow-up Born Under Saturn, musical adventurers Django Django are back for 2017, exploring new sounds with their brand new album Marble Skies
After stunning, sold-out concerts across the US, legendary Led Zep drummer Bonzo's greatest legacy - his son Jason - brings his critically acclaimed concert, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, to New Zealand for just two performances.
Playing their breakthrough debut self-titled album in its entirety, pop rock sensations We The Kings will return to New Zealand and Australia to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their breakthrough self-titled debut album.