It All Comes Down To This – OUT NOW!

A CERTAIN RATIO – Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson – have released their
Dan Carey produced thirteenth studio album, It All Comes Down to This, today on Mute.

Released almost exactly a year after their acclaimed album 1982, it is further evidence of
the mentality that defines A Certain Ratio, one that has always set them apart from their
peers – a dogged, relentless demand to evolve, re-assess and reinvent with every new
release. After the confident, sprawling, pan-genre strut of 1982 and a tour that celebrated
45 years of ACR performing live, comes this new record from completely out of leftfield.
The record’s ten tracks present ten distinct moods, every bursting moment of it is defiantly,
resiliently alive. It All Comes Down to This, for now at least, is the sound of the current
incarnation of A Certain Ratio. The purest distillation of their essential sound ever
committed to tape, and the first time they have recorded as just the core trio of principle
band members – multi-instrumentalists Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson. 
 
The other essential difference between It All Comes Down to This and its immediate
predecessors is the recording process: after already working together on a remix for Loco
Remezclada (2021), the band turned to the doyen of contemporary underground rock
producers, Dan Carey (Black Midi, Kae Tempest, Black Country New Road) to work on the
album. Known for his rejection of sonic clutter and his uncompromising focus on the
central tenets of the bands and artists he produces, Carey’s instincts closely aligned with
ACR’s desire to return to the basics.

By honing in on the band’s essential building blocks, Carey has teased out a brittle, inner
darkness that has always been latent in ACR, but not always at the surface. And if there is
a residual darkness in the album’s sonic aesthetic, then it pervades the subject matter, too.
“We wrote the album while the world was in turmoil,” explains Moscrop. “Which it still is. If
you think about climate change, corporate war, the environment, Trump in power, Johnson,
the Ukraine war, Israel and Palestine, it really does all come down to this. It’s probably the
most political album we’ve written.” 


The band have two special events this weekend: Manchester’s Piccadilly will host album
launch party at Soup on Saturday 20 April, where the band will perform the album in its
entirety before answering questions, and on Sunday 21 April they will be performing and
signing albums at Rough Trade Nottingham. Later in the summer, on Friday 2 August, their
performance at Kendal Calling on Tim Burgess’ Tim Peaks stage will be recorded, pressed
to vinyl and available at a signing event on Sunday 4 August.


ACR’s good friend and collaborator, Ellen Beth Abdi, a name familiar to anyone that has
seen the band’s incendiary live performances in recent years, will be joining the tour as a
very special guest. Ellen, who featured on the band’s last album & tour, is now
concentrating on her solo career – this will be a brilliant chance to catch what ACR’s
Martin Moscrop describes as “some of the most original and inspiring music coming out of
Manchester at the moment.”

2023 EP OUT NOW

A Certain Ratio today release a new 4-track EP titled 2023, available on limited edition 12”
vinyl and as part of the new digital deluxe edition of 1982, via Mute.

The EP features a new track, ‘Day by Day’, recorded and written with Ellen Beth Abdi just
after the 1982 album session, alongside three recently commissioned remixes of tracks from
their latest album 1982, released in spring this year. Remixes are from close friend and
collaborator Andy Meecham, aka The Emperor Machine, who reworked ‘Constant Curve’,
Werkha, who remixed the BBC 6Music playlisted single ‘SAMO’, and Manchester producer
and vocalist Jade Parker’s previously unheard remix of ‘Waiting on a Train’ (feat. Ellen Beth
Abdi & Chunky) Jade Parker is a Manchester electronic producer and vocalist that ACR have
long admired, she focuses on down-tempo rhythms and soulful layered vocals, making the
EP a seamless extension of 1982.

2023 EP

A Certain Ratio return with a brand new 4-track EP set for release on limited edition 12” vinyl and digitally on 22 September 2023. The new release follows their latest album 1982 (released in spring this year), and includes three newly commissioned remixes of tracks from the album, alongside a brand-new track ‘Day by Day’, written and recorded with Ellen Beth Abdi – a seamless extension of 1982 to complete their playfully named 2023 EP.

Listen to the first track to be shared, a remix by fellow Mancunian and recent tour mate, Werkha, (Tom Leah) who has taken on one of the stand out singles from 1982. ‘SAMO’, named after Jean-Michael Basquiat and Al Diaz’s first art project, spent 4-weeks on the BBC 6Music playlist: https://youtu.be/1CglgYnf1h0

Elsewhere on the EP, close friend Andy Meecham, aka Emperor Machine reworks ‘Constant Curve’, the album track he originally co-wrote and contributed keyboards and electronic percussion to, while Manchester producer Jade Parker remixes ‘Waiting on a Train’ (feat. Ellen Beth Abdi & Chunky).

2023 EP tracklisting

Day by Day
SAMO (Werkha Remix)
Contant Curve (feat. Ellen Beth Abdi) [Emperor Machine Extended Rework]
Waiting on a Train (feat. Ellen Beth Abdi & Chunky) [Jade Parker Remix] 

A Certain Ratio recently announced a unique tour that celebrates 45 years of the band’s incredible career. The dates will see A Certain Ratio perform two separate sets each night: the first set will represent the early years of their career from their Factory releases and the second set will include the latest material

These very special dates, across intimate venues in the UK and beyond, kick off with a sold out show London’s Moth Club on 10 November and finish at Band on the Wall in Manchester, the venue that hosted their 33 1/3 anniversary celebrations, also the site of The Musicians Collective where the band honed their craft at their earliest performances alongside artists such as Warsaw, The Fall, The Passage, Joy Division and many more – full details below.

A CERTAIN RATIO 45 DATES

10 November – London, Moth Club – SOLD OUT

11 November – Preston, The Ferret

12 November – Glasgow, Stereo

15 November – Gateshead, The Sage

16 November – Reading, Face Bar

18 November – York, The Crescent

25 November – Brugge (BE), Cactus

2 December – Liverpool, 24 Kitchen Street

10 December – Manchester, Band on the Wall

Ticket details here

A Certain Ratio will also be appearing at the following festivals:

A CERTAIN RATIO FESTIVAL DATES
15 July – Kew the Music, London

20 Aug – Luna Festival, Coimbra (PT)

26 Aug – Shambala Festival, Northamptonshire

19 Nov – Shiiine On Weekender, Minehead

24 November – BBMix, Paris (FR)

1982 – OUT NOW

A Certain Ratio have released their eagerly anticipated new studio album, 1982, on vinyl, CD and digitally via Mute.

The new album is home to recent singles ‘Holy Smoke’, ‘SAMO’ (currently on the BBC 6 Music playlist), ‘Afro Dizzy’ (which spent four weeks on the BBC 6Music playlist) and ‘Waiting on a Train’, and ahead of its release, the band are set to celebrate the launch with a series of Q&As at independent record shops before embarking on a UK tour in April.

Since they emerged from the hallowed grounds of the late 70s punk scene, A Certain Ratio have moved with gleeful disregard for boundaries of style and genre, their eye fixed firmly on constant progression. It’s an ethos that’s open-minded over all else, and that’s seen them take everything from experimental electronica to vintage funk, filtered through their own Mancunian lens.

Even by the band’s own standards, however, their latest studio album 1982 is multidimensional. It shoots off in every direction, whether via searing Afrobeat, mind-melting jazz breakdowns or moody electronic experiments. Recorded by the core ACR line up of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson, alongside Tony Quigley, Matthew Steele and Ellen Beth Abdi, the band’s pleasure at being together in the studio is audible.

And the album title? Although 1982 might conjure memories of the year that saw ACR put out both the acclaimed Sextet and the cult favourite I’d Like To See You Again, it’s more of a playful red herring than an invitation to nostalgia.

Looking backwards and forwards all at once, drawing on influences from across every spectrum, 1982 is a record that will reward a dedicated listener dozens of times over.

Holy Smoke – Out Now!

With their latest studio album, 1982, tantalisingly in reach, A Certain Ratio have shared a final taste of what to expect with the glistening old-school funk of ‘Holy Smoke’. The new single finds ACR pay tribute to the genre’s forefathers, from James Brown to Chaka Khan to Prince.

The band’s latest album, 1982, is set for release on 31 March via Mute on vinyl, CD and digitally.

‘Holy Smoke’ follows their single ‘SAMO’ (currently on the BBC 6Music playlist), ‘Afro Dizzy’ (which spent four weeks on the BBC 6Music playlist) and ‘Waiting on a Train’ – the latter three all feature one of Manchester’s fastest-rising neo-soul musicians Ellen Beth Abdi, Though a newcomer to A Certain Ratio, she’s already as central to the process as the members who’ve been there since the 1970s – saying a lot about the band’s progressive instincts and willingness to keep A Certain Ratio deft.

Sold Out In Edinburgh

We’re delighted to confirm that the first show of our 2023 UK tour in Edinburgh at The Voodoo Rooms is now sold out. We’re looking forward to seeing you there and across the UK this April.

April 20th – Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms

April 21st – Huddersfield, The Parish

April 22nd – Manchester, New Century Hall

April 23rd – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

April 25th – Nottingaham, Rescue Rooms

April 26th – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds

April 27th – Bristol, The Exchange

April 29th – London, The Garage

SAMO – Out Now!

A Certain Ratio have shared the newest slice of what to expect from their forthcoming studio album, 1982, due out on Mute on 31 March 2023. Across the slick and punchy funk grooves of ‘SAMO’ – named after the graffiti tag of American artist and wunderkind, Jean-Michel Basquiat – Jez Kerr namechecks a string of figures from New York’s 1980s art scene, an environment which has held massive sway over the band since their time recording there in the 1980s.

He explains, “The song is all about Basquiat and the birth of Hip Hop. We were lucky enough to be in NY around that time, and some of the lyrics in the song are the unique phrases SAMO sprayed around the city.”

Listen to the track and watch the lyric video that pays homage to SAMO’s graffiti and the work of Basquiat below.

Afro Dizzy + UK Tour News

A Certain Ratio have shared their seazing afrobeat-inspired track, ‘Afro Dizzy’, writtenaround drum samples recorded by the late Nigerian master percussionist Tony Allen. The new single is the latest clue of what to expect from their forthcoming studio album, 1982 – out on Mute on 31 March 2023.

‘Afro Dizzy’ features one of Manchester’s fastest-rising neo-soul musicians Ellen Beth Abdi, Though a newcomer to A Certain Ratio, it says a lot about the band’s progressive instincts that she’s already as central to the process as the members who’ve been there since the 1970s. For ‘Afro Dizzy’ she penned her own lyrics around a whirling instrumentalbased on a sample pack of drums by Tony Allen. ACR, who have long idolised Allen, had hoped to one day work with him, and wrote the music for the track just days after he died, in 2020.

Watch the video, an animation from artist and musician Tom Furse, and keep your eyes peeled for Tony Allen, who can be seen via archive footage.

To celebrate the release of the album, A Certain Ratio will be embarking on a UK tour throughout April – full details below.

A CERTAIN RATIO – 2023 TOUR
20 April – Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms
21 April – Huddersfield, The Parish
22 April – Manchester, New Century Hall
23 April – Leeds, Brudenell
25 April – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
26 April – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
27 April – Bristol, The Exchange
29 April – London, The Garage


Before that, the band will be hosting a number of special Q&A / signing events in partnership with independent record shops in Manchester, Nottingham and London:


31 March – Manchester, Piccadilly Records – Q&A / signing
1 April – London, Rough Trade East – Q&A / signing
2 April – Nottingham, Rough Trade – Q&A / signing

1982

A Certain Ratio have shared a new track, ‘Waiting on a Train’, the first to be taken from their forthcoming studio album, 1982, scheduled for release on Mute on 31 March 2023.

A Certain Ratio’s greatest strength has always been their unpredictability – “That’s what people like about us, they don’t know what’s coming next!” explains Jez Kerr – and this new track ushers that in via the slick and charismatic presence of Mancunian rapper Chunky . Chunky trades bars with the vocals of one of Manchester’s fastest-rising neo-soul musicians Ellen Beth Abdi, who you’ll recognise from the ACR live line up in recent years, resulting in a track unlike anything the band have made to date.

Watch the video for ‘Waiting on a Train’, directed by Rollcam Directors, produced by Joe Vickers with Jan Koblanski as Director of Photography:
https://mute.ffm.to/acr-1982

‘Waiting on a Train’ began life as a lo-fi hip hop jam in the studio, and it made perfect sense to bring in both Chunky and Ellen – already good friends outside of A Certain Ratio.


“It worked really well, there’s great chemistry between them,” Martin Moscrop continues. “It’s got the right amount of pop, the right amount of surrealism, the right amount of moodiness. It just works.”
Since they emerged from the hallowed grounds of the late 70s punk scene, A Certain Ratio have moved with gleeful disregard for boundaries of style and genre, their eye fixed firmly on constant progression. It’s an ethos that’s open-minded over all else, and that’s seen them take everything from experimental electronica to vintage funk, filtered through their own Mancunian lens.

Even by the band’s own standards, however, their latest studio album 1982 is multidimensional. It shoots off in every direction, whether via searing Afrobeat, mind- melting jazz breakdowns or moody electronic experiments. Recorded by the core ACR line up of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson, alongside Tony Quigley, Matthew Steele and Ellen Beth Abdi, soon after their 2021 triptych of EPs and 2020’s ACR Loco, the band’s pleasure at being together in the studio is audible and follows a series of dates that have seen them perform at a huge variety of festivals, including Womad, Wide Awake, Blue Dot, Green Man, Latitude and the Manchester Warehouse Project, in recent years.

And the album title? Although 1982 might conjure memories of the year that saw ACR put out both the acclaimed Sextet and the cult favourite I’d Like To See You Again, it’s more of a playful red herring than an invitation to nostalgia. Like all the band’s best ideas it emerged spontaneously in the studio when Martin was ad-libbing into a vocoder. “It’s called ‘1982’ but I wouldn’t say this album sounds anything like ‘Sextet’,” he points out.
Adds Donald: “The title is just playful. People can take it whichever way they can.”

Looking backwards and forwards all at once, drawing on influences from across every spectrum, 1982 is a record that will reward a dedicated listener dozens of times over.


1982 TRACKLISTING (CAT # STUMM480)
Samo
Waiting on a Train
1982
A Trip in Hulme
Constant Curve
Afro Dizzy
Holy Smoke
Tier 3
Ballad of ACR
Constant Curve

LOCO REMEZCLADA OUT NOW

A Certain Ratio continue an incredible run of releases and touring, one that has marked a dynamic new phase in their career, with details of LOCO REMEZCLADA: a collection of entirely new mixes and reworkings of tracks from across their recent catalogue. Out on 5 November 2021 on double clear vinyl, triple sparkle vinyl, CD and digitally, the new album takes in 2020’s acclaimed ACR LOCO album alongside ‘Down and Dirty’ featuring Denise Johnson, taken from EPA, the first in a trip of EPs released this year: https://mute.ffm.to/acr-remez

LOCO REMEZCLADA features a diverse range of artists, each bringing their own take on the band’s material and list of remixers – which includes Dan Carey, The Orielles, LoneLady, Sink Ya Teeth, The Lounge Society, Lou Hayter, Skream, Colleen Cosmo Murphy and many more – were all chosen by the band, who explain, “We took time to consider who we’d like to have involved, who we admired, who we love hanging out with, who we couldn’t wait to hear what they came up with.”

Dan Carey’s ‘Down & Dirty (Mr Dan Remix)’ opens LOCO REMEZCLADA and the producer, songwriter, mixer and founder of Speedy Wunderground brings his inimitable touch to ‘Down & Dirty’, one of the last tracks ACR recorded with Denise Johnson who passed away unexpectedly last year. 

Listen to the track here: https://youtu.be/ocd-HDJVA_Q 

Carey explains, “A long time ago when I was a teenager, I was out in Manchester and spotted a poster that said something about A Certain Ratio remixed by Norman Cook. At the time I didn’t really know what a remix was, who Norman Cook was, or who/what A Certain Ratio was, but somehow I knew it was worth investigating. As a result, I discovered ACR, figured out what remixes were, and started trying do my own. I’ve loved ACR ever since, and got pretty involved in production and remixing, so it meant a lot being asked to do this. It also meant a lot to work with one of the last vocal tracks that Denise recorded.”

Elsewhere on the album, Maps remix ‘Get A Grip’, The Orielles reimagine ‘Yo Yo Gi’, Sink Ya Teeth (who collaborated with ACR on the last studio album) take on ‘What’s Wrong’, Lou Hayter mixes ‘Friends Around Us’ and LoneLady gives ‘Bouncy Bouncy’ the 12” remix treatment.