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ALBUM REVIEW: A Certain Ratio – ‘ACR Loco’: taut Mancunian future funk and effortless electronic pop

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MANCHESTER’S legendary proponents of the post-punk soulful funk A Certain Ratio, fresh from the release of their excellent ACR:EPA EP, four tracks from the final session that the band laid down with Denise Johnson (see the video for the hypnotic “Wonderland” here) are marching on in such a sonic hot streak as they announce the …

THE WHOLLY rejuvenated, fully on the groove A Certain Ratio have dropped another track from the forthcoming ACR:EPA, the first of a series of EPs following in the slipstream of last year’s superb ACR Loco – as if you needed reminding that they are wholly on fire again. (Doubting Thomases: by god, they so are). …

THEY’RE on such a hot streak these days; Mancunian fun legends A Certain Ratio have been absolutely on fire, creatively so vivacious and so irresistibly taut, since ACR Loco dropped in the final days of last summer, an album of which we commented “effortless Mancunian pop and the tautest funk remade anew.” “Yo Yo Gi” …

FOLLOWING the success (well, relatively) of our John Peel playlist, in which we compiled all the Festive 50 tracks for every year John ran that feature all in one place (well, the ones from Spotify anyway), we’re delving into the catalogue of Manchester’s Factory Records. It’s a story that’s been well told in lots of …

NOT CONTENT to rest on their laurels following the release of ACR Loco, that rich, irresistible return of an album from September, A Certain Ratio have just dropped the animated video for a new single, “YoYoGrip”: yes, that’s right, two of the highlight tracks from that album blended sweetly in a soundclash orchestrated by UK …

A CERTAIN RATIO, overlords of multifaceted Mancunian funk, have been with us now an incredible 43 years: hard to believe, isn’t it? They were the first artists to release a single for Factory, the wiry post-punk of “All Night Party”, back in 1979; but it was the skeletal, angular, hook-laden funk of second single “Shack …

“THIS album is a culmination of everything we’ve ever done,” says A Certain Ratio’s Jez Kerr. “We’ve got some real momentum at the moment.”  He’s talking about A Certain Ratio’s first album in 12 years, ACR Loco, which drops this week. Excited much? You wouldn’t bet against a musician so steeped in the groove; A …

MANCHESTER legends A Certain Ratio, whose brilliant new album ACR Loco will be with us on Mute come September 25th, have just dropped the video for the none-more-Mancunian effortless pop of “Berlin” – we’ve embedded it, below. And it really is a great record: we’ve embraced its taut, breathtaking funk and its intelligent pop and …

A CERTAIN RATIO have shared a new track, “Yo Yo Gi”, from their eagerly anticipated new album, ACR Loco – and it comes with a dazzling video; watch below. Culled and edited with visual distortion and colour casting from rapid transit systems, railway interchanges, road junctions, flickering at speed through timelapse, it’s a dizzyingly urban …

A Certain Ratio

A CERTAIN RATIO are back with a new album, ACR Loco. Revitalised by their most successful tour in over two decades, the band returned to the studio to record their first album in 12 years – due for release on Mute on 25 September 2020. Listen to the first single taken from the album, the poignantly beautiful ‘Always …