Back in 2010, Greater Manchester's new young dance pups beat the usual New Year's rush to get the first decent album of the year onto the shelves and servers. Sure enough, reactions to 'Acolyte' were favourable, sales were brisk and Delphic found themselves as serious contenders for an album of the year. But, given the short memories of today's awards organizers and mentors, 'Acolyte' and its creators were a mere mention on the BBC Sound of 2010 list, finishing third behind Ellie Goulding and Marina and the Diamonds. Such is life.
Prior to being the poster boys for electro-geek and techno-pop, Delphic were called Snowfight in the City Centre. Thankfully they saw sense, regrouped, renamed themselves and hired Dan Hadley as a live drummer for a string of festival slots. Belgium's pioneering heavyweight electro label R&S Records clearly liked the buzz of the band and the cut of their hypnotic rhythmic jib and signed them up for a single in 2009, the pulsating 'Counterpoint'. As well as being something of a club hit, the tune ended up on a few Sky Sports football idents and a console game, as well as being pivotal in getting them a major deal and that coveted Top 10 album. But then life went quiet.
Until 2012, that is - Delphic have been busy boys during the spring, working with DFA's Tim Goldsworthy amongst others, crafting a theme for the Olympics and putting the final touches to album #2, as yet untitled. The first fruit of these labours was 'Good Life', chosen to represent the Games this year, although I'm blowed if it got an airing anywhere. Whilst not indicative of the band's direction, it's an optimistic punchy fist-pumper, ripe for more televisual coverage of people running around a lot.
Before the new album, Delphic's first tour for some time will be in full swing. First stop is Glasgow on 22nd October, followed by Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham and more until Shoreditch on 1st November. We will have tickets on sale from 9AM on Friday 17th August. Prices start at £13.50 for all regional shows and £15 for London.