Ultramarine are the London/Essex-based duo of Ian Cooper and Paul Hammond. Formed in 1989, initially inspired by early UK House music and long-standing schoolboy crushes on the post-punk funk of A Certain Ratio, 23 Skidoo and Cabaret Voltaire, they released their debut album Folk in 1990 on seminal Belgian label Les Disques du Crépuscule.
The duo's second long player Every Man and Woman is a Star (Rough Trade, 1992) received great critical acclaim and was neatly described by music writer Simon Reynolds in his book Energy Flash as: “Perhaps the first and best stab at that seeming contradiction-in-terms, pastoral techno... all sun-ripened, meandering lassitude and undulant dub-sway tempos... like acid-house suffused with the folky-jazzy ambience of the Canterbury scene.”
Ultramarine embarked on a trailblazing US tour in 1992 with Meat Beat Manifesto and Orbital and supported Björk on her US and European tours in 1993. The group's collaborative work has included a songwriting & recording partnership with Robert Wyatt, recordings with Kevin Ayers and David McAlmont, plus numerous live and studio sessions with members of the London jazz scene, including Lol Coxhill, Iain Ballamy, Elton Dean, Dave Green and Jimmy Hastings.
Every Man and Woman is a Star was followed by the albums United Kingdoms (1993), which features an extensive collaboration with Robert Wyatt, Bel Air (1995) and A User's Guide (1998). After a long sabbatical, Ultramarine re-emerged with two new singles in 2011 and released their sixth album, This Time Last Year, in September 2013.
"Find A Way" (2013)