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Album Review

Simian Mobile Disco's debut Attack Decay Sustain Release was admirable not only for the strength and energy of its productions, but also for its back-to-basics blueprint. With second albums that follow debut breakouts, however, come various hangers-on, which in the case of a dance act, takes the form of copious vocal features. (Granted, the duo could have easily snagged these earlier as well, thanks to their pedigrees as rock producers.) Temporary Pleasure opens with a familiar voice, Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals, and in an instant the setting dissolves from a glittery London club to the pastoral Welsh countryside. Yet to come are six more vocal features from various indie heroes or up-and-comers, but it's to Simian Mobile Disco's credit that they shape each vocalist to the track and emerge with a unified, exciting sound. Each vocal turn — whether it's the Gossip's Beth Ditto or Yeasayer's Chris Keating or Diplo acquaintances Telepathe or Jamie Lidell or Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor — becomes yet another angle on the dark end of '80s clubland, from synth-pop of the Soft Cell or Shannon variety to future-shock electro to acid house paranoia. James Shaw and James Ford are still enforcing limitations on their sound, and while they may be smoothing out a few of the rough patches that would make a more interesting record, their sophomore follow-up is a worthy heir to the original. [A Limited Edition of the album, encased in a tin, includes a second disc and four exclusive tracks.]


Formed: England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Producers/remixers James Ford and James Shaw formed Simian Mobile Disco in 2005, following their departure from the experimental electronic rock band Simian. The two had originally formed Simian with singer Simon Lord and Alex MacNaughton in the late '90s. Not content with their roles in the band and wishing to indulge their longtime interest in electronic dance music, the two latched onto DJ gigs while touring with the band. Eventually, the duo split from Simian and dubbed themselves Simian Mobile...
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