A Certain Ratio, Manchester, United Kingdom. A certain ratio & mute good together.
A Certain Ratio took their name from the lyrics of Brian Eno's song "The True Wheel", taken from his album "Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)" (1974). On their first releases they sound like a successor band of Joy Division. After a trip to New York in the year of 1980, they quickly developed towards funk
A Certain Ratio announce the final phase in their reissues series released by Mute Records. Sextet, Change The Station and Mind Made Up will be released on 27th July with further live dates announced for 2018. 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 1978, the band had various members throughout their career, and a core line-up of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson. Up In Downsville and the long out of print album Good Together are out on 25 May 2018. A new compilation will follow later in the year and 2019 will see various box sets to mark the 40th anniversary of the first releases by the band.
A Certain Ratio started out as ascetic avant-gardists; their first single, 1979's "All Night Party", was beatless and entirely un-party-like. What they'd have been waiting for, actually, was Sextet's centerpiece-just not in this form. On the album, "Knife Slits Water" is a ute, two-chord mantra: Kerr works endless variations on a little bass figure as Tilson mutters about sex, her voice doubled by an eerie pitch-displacement effect, and somebody makes a bunch of prickly noise with a kalimba.
A Certain Ratio Shack Up (Factory Benelux, 1980). The first release on Factory Benelux saw ACR offer their spiky, shuffling take on Banbarra’s ode to getting together, a mad mutant groove which replaced the soulful slant of the original with all the glorious awkwardness of a poorly attended knees up at your local social club. After dropping the quasi-debut album The Graveyard And The Ballroom on cassette in 1980, ACR’s delivered their first vinyl long player the following year in the form of To Eac. ecorded in New Jersey and produced by Factory mainstay Martin Hannett, the LP swaggers along the precipice of post punk and odd funk to the syncopated hats and flying triplets of Donald Johnson’s faultless drumming.
Album, Dezember 1979, Soul Jazz. 1. Do the Do (Casse). Looking for a Certain Ratio. Compilation, 1994, Creation Records.