Monday, August 24, 2009

Simian Mobile Disco review for JC Report

Put A Record On: Simian Mobile Disco's Permanent Pleasure
August 24th, 2009 | London

James Ford and Jas Shaw are well versed in the machinery of making hits. In addition to their own singles, Ford has worked miracles as a producer for Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons and Peaches, and they've both performed as DJs around the world. As Simian Mobile Disco, however, they offer the perfect fusion of dance and rock music, hyping up indie kids into a dancing frenzy.

Second studio album Temporary Pleasure will last longer than the name suggests, as listeners will find themselves putting it on repeat. The record's guest list features many famous pop stars from Beth Ditto to Telepathe to Jamie Lidell, showcasing SMD's impressive rolodex. With such a varied lineup it may seem difficult to define the band's sound, but Ford and Shaw have managed to make ti work.

First single "Audacity Of Huge," a nod towards Barack Obama's first book, has an annoying intro, but, like most SMD singles, slowly creeps under your skin with its infectious hooks. Instrument-heavy electro track "10,000 Horses Can't Be Wrong" takes home the gold medal with its blippy beat and pulsing rhythm. Always expect the unexpected from these boys.

Temporary Pleasure is now out. For more information, see

—David Hellqvist

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