The Belfast gym-hoarders, iron-pumping, oil-rubbing Bicep boys are back this very day to flex their hard-worked muscles with with yet another one of their fist-pumping releases, this time on their own Feel My Bicep imprint. Andy and Matt have been on a roll since..., well ever since they launched their famous inspirational blog back in 2007 which shot them straight to culture-defining stardom with their 2012 FMB label launch and are now basically the hottest name to emerge straight out of the underground and still manage to keep it real. Despite amassing an insane number of followers on their social medial channels, having headlined countless festivals and clubs across Europe and beyond, being featured on the biggest shows and endorsed by the biggest names in the dance scene, Bicep manages to hold a strong grip over their fame and glory while keeping their ethos intact when it comes to producing and releasing their music.
'Lyk Lyk' is their third original release on Feel My Bicep and starts off in full festival glory with the title track, a playful 3/4 ode to the early days of rave and breaks. The cheerful vocal whoops and laughs spring cheerfulness into the track while the airy pad and quirky retro synths uplift you to higher states of happiness. And if that doesn't work for you, the heavy distorted snare, bubbling bassline and a big fat kick drum will definitely put a smile on your face. Next up we're taking a trip back to the 80's with 'Poly Pineaple', a sweet'n'sour post-italo-disco flavoured acid-tinged face melter. We've got whipping claps, stirring percussions, a gravely arpeggiated synth line that gets its cutoff driven into acid territory, a distant vocal echoing and tight steady kicks to march our way towards doomsday dancefloor dementia!
On the flipside, their good friend and blog partner Rory Hamilton not only makes his vinyl debut , but he also collaborates with Andy and Matt for the very first time, musically speaking. Running with the aptly-chosen name of Hammer, Rory puts his expert rough edge touch to 'Ice Bowl', a retro-sounding rave-infused belter where melancholic chords freely roam across loud layers of quickly stuttered looped vocal cuts, stringy synths and gloomy bass stabs that leaves us with a strange feeling of loneliness and desolation. This emotion is also felt on 'Day 3', Rory's second collaboration on the EP, but in a slightly different way. The timescape changes from dusk to dawn and drives the landscape into a more dreamy voyage, making good use of euphoric pads and driving percussions and ultimately rising the emotion to heavenly heights with its celestial string synth keys.
'Lyk Lyk' comes in a limited edition turqoise embossed cover package that includes a heavyweight 180 gram pressing so be sure and grab yours now!