May 22, 2024

Cult English post-punk band A Certain Ratio share Emperor Machine’s reworking of ‘Constant Curve’

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(Photo by Paul Husband) A Certain Ratio, commonly abbreviated as ACR, is an influential English post-punk band that originated in Flixton, Greater Manchester, in 1977. The initial formation featured Peter Terrell (guitar, electronics) and Simon Topping (vocals, trumpet), with Jez Kerr (bass guitar, vocals), Martin Moscrop (trumpet, guitar), Donald Johnson (drums), and Martha Tilson (vocals) joining shortly thereafter. In 1979, the band had the distinction of being among the first acts to debut on Tony Wilson’s iconic Factory Records, with their single “All Night Party” produced by Martin Hannett. During their early years with Factory, ACR achieved impressive success, securing seven Top Ten UK independent releases—most notably “Flight” and “Waterline”—and they initiated their album collection with “The Graveyard and the Ballroom” (1980).

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the band transitioned through phases with major label A&M and Rob Gretton’s independent label Robs Records. During these periods, ACR’s activity varied. They made a notable return with their ninth studio album, “Mind Made Up” (2008), and have remained active in performance since, with their extensive back catalogue being reissued through a partnership with Mute Records. In September 2020, they released “ACR Loco”, their first new studio album in twelve years, followed by three EPs titled “A”, “C”, and “R” in 2021. In 2023, they released their eleventh studio album, aptly named “1982”.

Today, A Certain Ratio has unveiled a new remix by Emperor Machine—a moniker for close friend and collaborator Andy Meecham—of their track “Constant Curve”. This track will be part of their forthcoming 4-track EP, set to be released both on limited edition 12” vinyl and digitally on 22 September 2023 via Mute.

This remix sees Meecham revisiting “Constant Curve”, a song from the 1982 album that he originally co-wrote and contributed keyboards and electronic percussion to.

Explaining the process, Meecham says:“After the success of our previous collaboration, Martin [Moscrop] asked if I would record some synths for a new track. I loved it on first listen, so obviously I said yes. While working and writing some synths, I thought this is a great track, but it’s too short—it needs a Pettibone-style extended Dub mix, a proper extended 12” version with Donald [Johnson] ’s drums more upfront in the mix, dubbed out guitars, and new vocal edit sections. I suggested this idea to the band, and thankfully they gave me free rein.”

The track can be found below.

The EP follows their latest album “1982” (released in spring this year), and includes three newly commissioned remixes of tracks from the album – Emperor Machine’s reworking, Werkha mix of SAMO, and Manchester producer Jade Parker’s remix of “Waiting on a Train” (feat. Ellen Beth Abdi & Chunky), alongside a brand-new track “Day by Day”, written and recorded with Ellen Beth Abdi.

A Certain Ratio recently announced a tour that celebrates 45 years of the band’s 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 A&M. The band will then reconvene for a set representing ACR from the early to mid-‘90s to 2024 including unreleased forthcoming material.

  • 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

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

  • 19 August – Luna Festival, Coimbra, Portugal
  • 26 August – Shambala Festival, Northamptonshire
  • 27 August – Wrexfest, Wrexham
  • 19 November – Shiiine On Weekender, Minehead
  • 24 November – BBMix, Paris (FR)
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Bernard - Side-Line Staff Chief editor
Bernard Van Isacker is the Chief Editor of Side-Line Magazine. With a career spanning more than two decades, Van Isacker has established himself as a respected figure in the darkwave scene.

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