A Certain Ratio - 1982
“Picking up the baton from acolytes like !!! and LCD Soundsystem, Brit-funk originals ACR enter their fifth decade with an energized take on an old sound. The album sounds fabulous: It gleams like a freshly cleaned dancefloor”. – Pitchfork
“A Certain Ratio’s blend of knife-edge tension and funkateer abandon is a style that’s theirs and theirs only” – Uncut
Mute is excited to announce the release of A Certain Ratio’s 1982, out March 31st on limited edition smokey marbled vinyl, orange vinyl, and CD. The limited edition smokey marbled vinyl is packaged in a metallic ink printed sleeve. Each physical format features a unique front sleeve cover.
A Certain Ratio’s greatest strength has always been their unpredictability. They’ve always moved with gleeful disregard for the 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.
Their latest studio album 1982 is no different in its unpredictable multidimensional nature. It shoots off in every direction, whether via searing Afrobeat, mind-melting jazz breakdowns or moody electronic experiments all with pop hooks and irresistible dance rhythms. It might be called 1982, but it’s no nostalgia trip, fearlessly facing up to the future and running at it with full speed.
The album follows ACR Loco and EP:ACR in what is turning out to be the band’s most creative period, unmistakably ACR and unmistakably like nothing else.