It All Comes Down To This + 2024 Tour

A CERTAIN RATIO have announced details of a new album, produced by Dan Carey, and
an extensive UK tour for spring 2024. It All Comes Down to This, their thirteenth studio
album, will be released via Mute on 19 April 2024. PRE-ORDER NOW

Listen to the exuberant call-to-arms that is the album’s opener, ‘All Comes Down to
This’, positive proof that the band have, once again, been able to tap into a new
artery of life.

The new album, due out almost exactly a year after their acclaimed release, 1982, 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. 
“It’s the Ratio removing the safety net,” Kerr says, explaining the decision to strip away the
excess and return to the band’s base ingredients. “Every element of everything we’ve
done on this album has been a change.” 
“It wasn’t a matter of rubbing everyone else out, it was, ‘let’s find the thing that makes us
work’,” adds Johnson. “And we know that’s just the three of us being as basic as possible
– no frills, no major overdubs. Just visceral and happening in the moment.” 
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.

25 April – Huddersfield, The Parish
26 April – Leeds, Brudenell
27 April – Blackpool, Bootleg Social
28 April – Edinburgh, Summerhall
29 April – Aberdeen, The Tunnels

1 May – Norwich, Arts Centre
2 May – London, Fabric 
3 May – Bedford, Esquires  
4 May – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
5 May – Brighton, Concorde 2
9 May – Birmingham, Castle & Falcon 
10 May – Hull, Social 
11 May – Sheffield, Foundry
12 May – Bristol, Exchange
17 May – Manchester, New Century Hall

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.