A Certain Ratio have announced their first album in 12 years, ‘Acr Loco’ – listen to the first single ‘Always In Love’ below.
The Manchester group, whose last record ‘Mind Made Up’ arrived in 2008, will release their 10th studio album on September 25 via Mute.
Recorded by the line-up consisting of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson, ‘Acr Loco’ also features contributions from Sink Ya Teeth’s Maria Uzor and Gemma Cullingford, Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor) and Mike Joyce and Eric Random.
Speaking of the project, Kerr explained that “this album is a culmination of everything we’ve ever done”.
“The album distils the different directions and styles that have run throughout the band’s career – one that began in the late ‘70s with Factory Records first ever 7” release,” he said.
Martin Moscrop added: “Digging into the past for the boxset [ACR: BOX was released in 2019 on Mute] must have rubbed off on us and influenced the current album. I think it helped spark up our imagination. It allowed us to work in some of the past as we move forward into the future.”
Having recently reworked tracks by the likes of Barry Adamson and The Charlatans, A Certain Ratio found themselves back together in the studio. “The three of us jamming is really the basis of it all. Once you get that groove there’s no stopping us,” Kerr explained.
‘Acr Loco’ also features the songs ‘Get A Grip’, ‘Berlin’, ‘Supafreak’ and ‘Friends Around Us’ – the latter of which was previewed after the band took part in Tim Burgess’ ongoing Twitter listening party series earlier this month.
You can pre-order the record here and see its tracklist below.
Friends Around Us
Yo Yo Gi
Always In Love
Get A Grip
A Certain Ratio had been scheduled to perform at Kraftwerk’s All Points East 2020 show back in May before the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.