James Ford and Jas Shaw, aka Simian Mobile Disco, have always had an envious ability to transform their sound while staying firmly at the forefront of contemporary music. Their earliest explorations were in an inimitable strain of indie dance that resulted in the now infamous 'Attack Decay Sustain Release'. With their ever-evolving sound, they went onto release 'Temporary Pleasure' featuring a plethora of vocals from the likes of Alexis Taylor, Beth Ditto and Jamie Liddell. Most recently, they have released techno 12" compilation 'Delicacies' and last year's critically acclaimed 'Unpatterns', described by XLR8R as SMD's "magnum opus" making it to number 2 on XLR8R's end of year album chart. This has seen the duo produce an altogether deeper club friendly sound - a psychedelic-tinged strain of electronic music which still sounds so singularly and utterly them.
This diverse musical excursion has led us to 'Live', an album recorded whilst on tour last year, during a performance in Philadelphia in one take, with no edits. With a background of feverish techno rhythms and bounce as well as some vintage analogue electronics, 'Live' perfectly displays the brilliance of SMD, and is being released on their own Delicacies label,. Fittingly this is their first record distributed through the seminal German electronic label Kompakt.
The album is a flawless mix of SMD releases, past and present, with some brilliant reworkings of some of their most infamous tracks. 'Cruel Intentions', 'Hustler' and 'It's The Beat', for instance, all feature with a more fevered and fervent strut, showcasing the duo's effortless way with an infectious beat and a knack for destroying any dancefloor they're put in charge of. The end result is an exhilarating blend of precise electronics, danceable rhythms and joyous aptitude.
In addition, this February Simian Mobile Disco will begin a five-date tour of Europe to warm up for summer festivals worldwide. Be sure to catch them live to witness the 'Live' experience, including a curated "Delicatessen" warehouse party in London.
1. Your Love Ain't Fair/ Run Theme
2. A Species Out of Control
6. It's the Beat
7. Skin Cracker
8. Hustler (Jam)
12. Cruel Intentions
14. Put Your Hands Together
15. Sleep Deprivation
UPCOMING LIVE DATES
1 - NITSA - Barcelona
2 - CTM Festival, Stattbad - Berlin
8 - Libertine Supersport, Cina Mirano - Brussels
9 - Le Machine - Paris
22 - Factory 7, Shoreditch - London