Legendary Manchester post-punk/funk band A Certain Ratio have revealed their new single "Dirty Boy" Feat. Barry Adamson and the voice of Tony Wilson.
This is the band's first new music since 2008’s Mind Made Up, and is taken from 'ACR:SET', a career spanning compilation, including two new tracks, released on coloured double vinyl, CD and digitally on 12 October 2018. Pre-order your copy here.
‘Dirty Boy’ is a classic slice of A Certain Ratio pop funk and features the voice of the late Factory Records co-founder Tony Wilson, preparing the band for ‘The Fox’ recording session in his own inimitable fashion, plus vocals from Barry Adamson, who returns a favour to the band after they reworked 2017’s ‘I Got Clothes’.
The two new tracks, ‘Dirty Boy’ and ‘Make It Happen’ were recorded at Oxygene in Manchester, and both appear on the new best-of compilation, acr:set. The album is made up of tracks that feature in the band’s incendiary live show (hence the title) and includes rare 7” and 12” mixes alongside the two new recordings and sleeve notes by DJ and writer Dave Haslam.
Take a listen below.
A Certain Ratio embraced the ethic and culture of the late seventies post-punk explosion, but sounded like nothing else around them and refused to fit in. Formed in Manchester in 1978, the band has had various members throughout their career, with a core line-up of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson that remains today.
An influence on generations of musicians - from LCD Soundsystem, Happy Mondays, Franz Ferdinand, ESG, Factory Floor, Sink Ya Teeth and Andrew Weatherall – the band’s involvement in cultural touchpoints is sometimes unexpected: a recent exhibition centred on Stockport’s Strawberry Studios uncovered the tape box, but not the tapes, from a recording session with Grace Jones back in 1980 and Madonna’s live debut was supporting A Certain Ratio at the infamous Danceteria in New York in 1982 (where she was working as a hatcheck girl), and sometimes expected, given the unique time and place that they formed – Manchester in 1978, one of the first acts to sign to the newly formed Factory Records.
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