Bicep

Bicep - Bicep
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2017 Ratings: #284 / 721
User Score
Based on 77 ratings
2017 Ratings: #340
September 1, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ninja Tune / Label
Deep House / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

An album that functions seamlessly as a listen-in-one-sitting affair, with enough memorable stand-alone moments to keep the club contingent happy, Bicep's debut is a clear front-runner for best house record of the year.

84
Resident Advisor

They outdo themselves on Bicep, taking unfashionable sounds and making them feel contemporary, relevant and, most of all, exciting. Bicep have never been afraid to go for broke, and their debut album is all the better for it.

80
Loud and Quiet

The minutia of genre, something a lot of us get caught up in, was never the point of Bicep. The point was good dance music, built on feeling. Their long-awaited self-titled debut furthers this trait.

80
Drowned in Sound

The album is a perfect portfolio of everything Bicep do best. They’re able to induce euphoria, keep you dancing for hours, give you room to breathe, and then accompany you into a dream-filled sleep.

80
PopMatters

Bicep have taken all of their influences and crafted them into a delightfully homogeneous whole.

80
Clash

Written using a mix of intuitive jamming and later over-dubbing with a range of hardware and electronics, ‘Bicep’ was created as a fluid effort of revision and refinement. From a first listen it is immediately apparent that Bicep have honed their studio craft.

74
Pitchfork

Bicep’s expansive production and compact song-lengths often lack the transportive and hypnotic potential that the best dance music offers. But it succeeds as a lean and consciously paced album.

70
Exclaim!

Bicep's wide-ranging tastes have given them a great grasp for melody, which is one thing all of these songs do well. While the record's strengths are the more upbeat, club-ready tracks, their experimental aspirations are admirable, too.

70
AllMusic

Bicep's debut album essentially delivers what fans have come to expect; for newcomers, the duo revisits some of the more open-hearted elements of '90s dance music without succumbing to the period's cheesiest trappings.

70
The Needle Drop

The electronic music tastemakers from the Feel My Bicep blog come through with some solid house music of their own on this self-titled debut album.

70
The 405

They treat the album format as a compact version of both their blog and DJ sets, offering sleek modern takes on various styles from UK dance music's history.

60
God Is in the TV

Not that the album isn’t pleasurable, but the production and construction is so good you suspect the twosome really could have pushed things further. They sure as hell know how to make a record but Bicep as a whole is quite safe.

60
The Guardian

Built with the rounded corners of analogue gear rather than the planed-off shards of digital, the aesthetic is of vintage techno, both breakbeat and ambient.

abdcorner
65
Decent electronic/house record. Aims towards a general atmosphere and aesthetic over any solid musical ideas.
itsyahboinoah
68
Solid house music that will make you shake your ass :)
holsgr
50
☆☆ ~ Tolerable listen but overmuch flawed and intricate. It could be better than this.
Skaut
75
It's a strong debut from Bicep. Nothing amazing, but the quality is consistent the whole way through.
85
Fav tracks: glue, vespa, vale, aura, ayaya, opal
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Track List

  1. Orca
  2. Glue
  3. Kites
  4. Vespa
  5. Ayaya
  6. Spring
  7. Drift
  8. Opal
  9. Rain
  10. Ayr
  11. Vale
  12. Aura
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Added on: August 29, 2017