A Certain Ratio 'Change The Station' 2xLP
A Certain Ratio announce the final phase in their studio album reissue series: ‘Sextet’ (1982) will be released on orange vinyl in a textured sleeve replicating the original Factory release, ‘Change The Station’ (1997) will be released on blue double vinyl and ‘Mind Made Up’ (2008) is pressed on purple double vinyl. ‘Change The Station’ and ‘Mind Made Up’ appear on vinyl for the first time.
Vinyl formats include digital download codes.
This is the latest installment in an ongoing collaboration with Mute and follows the release of
‘The Graveyard And The Ballroom’, ‘To Each’, ‘Force’, ‘acr:mcr’ and ‘I'd Like To See You Again’.
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, known for their carnival atmosphere live performances, have been playing blistering sold out shows throughout 2017 and 2018. Recent sold out dates have included London, Hebden Bridge (with Andrew Weatherall), Brighton and Newcastle.
A Certain Ratio are supporters of Artists Against Hunger and will donate £1 for each ticket sold in 2018.
“‘Sextet’ was a visionary musical statement” - The Quietus; “... a very different kind of dance music, one that located funk’s heart of darkness” - Classic Pop; “Cult punk funkateers” - Uncut; “Mould-breakers” - Mojo
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.
Hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as ‘punk funk’, thanks to the success of ‘Shack Up’ on both sides of the Atlantic, their sound is not easily pigeonholed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic, adding great clothes and the coolest haircuts.
They have gone on to influence generations of musicians, from LCD Soundsystem, Happy Mondays, Franz Ferdinand, ESG, Factory Floor and Andrew Weatherall.
The Guardian’s Dave Simpson paid tribute to the band, once described as “James Brown on acid,” in a recent Cult Heroes piece: “Once you start listening to A Certain Ratio, it’s difficult to stop.”
Catalogue number: STUMM412