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A Certain Ratio Announce New EP; Listen To “Wonderland”


Praise for ACR Loco:
“Probably their best LP in decades” – UNCUT

“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 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

A Certain Ratio continue their unstoppable run of creativity with a new EP, launching today with “Wonderland,” the first track to be taken from ACR:EPA, out May 7 on Mute.

Back in early March 2020, ACR gathered at Oxygene in Salford for an informal weekend of studio time. With no fixed agenda and no preconceived ideas, the band – Martin Moscrop, Jez Kerr, Donald Johnson, Denise Johnson, Anthony Quigley and Matt Steele – entered the studio in part to celebrate completing the mix of their first new album in over a decade, ACR Loco.

“Wonderland” is unmistakably ACR. Their fusing of genre is impossible to pin down but the rhythmic groove and Denise’s vocal evokes a dreamlike idyll. Listen here.

Pre-order ACR:EPAhere.

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ACR:EPA is a four-track collection that centers on the studio jams with Denise Johnson. These sessions became their last together after the much-loved and much-missed artist passed away unexpectedly several months after the recordings.

“We’re so happy with the results and the outcome and hopefully this release gives an insight into how much fun and energy Denise would always bring to a session when we recorded together.” – ACR

Spontaneity, creativity, and the joy of performance permeate the tracks, and the energy and chemistry of the band are apparent in the recordings. ACR explain, “Denise was on top form and you will hear in places that she isn’t actually singing words because we hadn’t written all the lyrics yet. At the end of ‘Down and Dirty (Jam 2),’ you can hear us cheering in the background as Denise had completed yet another fantastic vocal take and was laughing and saying ‘I enjoyed that.’ We wanted to keep all her laughter and our response in the track as it has such warmth and it highlights the real Denise, always laughing and smiling and full of passion.”

Photo Credit : Paul Husband

This EP is the first in a series that is set to continue with two further releases. ACR:EPC focuses on collaboration and is dedicated to Andrew Weatherall, who was in part responsible for the band reigniting, and ACR:EPR which they describe as “anything goes!”

ACR are due to appear at the Wide Awake festival in September and later this year, will be continuing their run of unmissable dates with a winter tour. See a full itinerary below.

ACR:EPA Tracklisting
1. Wonderland (Jam 6)
2. Keep it Together (Jam 5)
3. Down and Dirty (Jam 2)
4. Feel no Fear (Jam 1)

September 3 – London England – Wide Awake festival @ Brockwell Park
November 3 – Huddersfield, England – The Parish
November 4 – Newcastle, England – St. Dom’s Social Club
November 5 – Manchester, England – Gorilla
November 6 – Stoke on Trent, England – The Sugarmill
November 7 – York, England – The Crescent
November 9 – Birmingham, England – Hare & Hounds
November 10 – Southampton, England – Engine Rooms
November 11 – Brighton, England – CHALK (formerly The Haunt)
November 12 – Bristol, England – The Exchange
November 13 – London, England – EartH
November 15 – Preston, England – The Ferrett
November 16 – Leeds, England – The Warehouse
November 17 – Glasgow, Scotland – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

Stream and purchase ACR Loco
Pre-order ACR:EPA

Listen to “Wonderland”
Watch the “Berlin” video
Watch the “YoYoGi” video


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Martin Bone - Editor-in-Chief

Martin is a founding member of Patchchord News and is Director & Editor-in-Chief for PCN Magazine / Patchchord News Martin also is a Freelance Photographer and lives in the Scottish Borders Scotland. Martin also specialises in Commercial Photography in Music & Events, Sports and Portrait Photography and Video. Also the Official Photographer for Football Club Maybole Juniors.
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