After a two year hiatus, Bicep are returning to London this Sunday 24th February for their Italo Disco party, which will see them transform new Hackney venue EartH into an authentic Discoteca, complete with an Italo dress code and alongside a host of their favourite DJs, all assuming Italo inspired pseudonyms.
Formerly known as Hackney Arts centre, EartH is a multi-disciplinary, dual level arts space. Opening in September 2018 and still resembling an art-deco cinema, the venues calendar has so far consisted of a carefully curated programme combining live music, parties, concerts, talks and readings. With a strong focus on creating an immersive and multi-sensory experience, the venue contains the first permanent installation of L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound Technology, creating a complete 360-degree auditory experience; so far playing host to Erol Alkan, Leon Vynehall, B-Traits’ live meditative experience, ‘Paciphonic’ and Craig Charles. Talks have also been hosted by Brian Eno, among others, and have focused on topics including explorations of the outer reaches of consciousness, human adaptation and how creative mindsets and sensory transformations can be used to develop new perspectives on issues facing the modern day world.
This is sure to provide the perfect setting for Bicep, who are assimilating with the venue’s ethos of creativity to benefit the wider community, with all proceeds raised from the event being donated to charities Youth Music and The Malala Fund.
Bicep themselves, consisting of the Belfast Born and London Based artists Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson, have, over their 10-year career, become a name synonymous with their deep rooted and genre spanning knowledge of electronic music. Italo has long been a passion for the duo, featuring heavily on their celebrated ‘feelmybicep‘ blog and providing inspiration for their eclectic sets and blend of exclusive edits mixed with deep dug house and disco cuts.
And who can blame them? Originating in the late 1970s and remaining a prominent style for around a decade, it’s utilised new technologies such as synthesisers, vocoders and later dorm machines to create a distinct futuristic and spacey sound. Emerging in the first instance in Naples, through labels funded by the Camorra crime family, and inspired by Italian jazz funk, electronica and boogie, the genre began making a comeback in the early 2000s, coincident with the re-emergence of German disco and popular labels Flashback, ZYX and Radius. Described by some as DJs’ ‘Marmite’, trusted diggers Bicep will be sure to serve up plenty of hidden Italo gems.
The DJs joining Bicep are so far unrevealed, although their aliases for the night hold some clues as to who might be paying homage to the hot and heady sounds of Naples for the evening for what is sure to be a special evening.