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Unpatterns

Simian Mobile Disco

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Album Review

Unpatterns comes across as a reaction to Simian Mobile Disco's previous two full-length releases. Temporary Pleasure (2009) featured a series of guest vocalists over productions that were largely busy and bright. Delicacies (2010) compiled alternately nutty and stern tracks that resembled a soundclash between the Perlon and 240 Volts labels circa 2003. Unpatterns, comparatively, is leaner and more insular. Save for a discreet appearance from Jamie Lidell on the jacking "Put Your Hands Together," the few voices that are heard are sampled, distressed, and sometimes made to sound inhuman. The half-blissful/half-anguished "Your Love Ain't Fair" recalls Sepalcure's smudged U.K. garage take on bass music. "Seraphim," the closest to a diva track with the looped "Why can't you be where I want you to be?," is downcast house with a brilliantly wrenching rhythm and taut acid wriggles. The closing "Pareidolia" is one of the duo's most remarkable achievements to date. It pairs reverberant, dripping-wet percussion flecks with hot synthesizer flashes that reach an almost numbing level of intensity before settling into a heavy groove. Just as that groove reaches full stride, it's wiped out by a sustained corrosive synthesizer note. In terms of popularity, the album is not likely to rival Attack Decay Sustain Release. It's not as novel, either, but it's exceptionally crafted.

Customer Reviews

Awesome

After owning the previous two albums I can definitely say that this is a wonderful addition.

The other two are a lot more vocal based this time it's the other way around as if the vocals are complementing the music.

It's a great album, top song has to be "put your hands together" excellent lead on that song.

Disappointing

This isn't the SMD I fell in love with :(

Not like the last album

If you are expecting an album like the last, you will be very disappointed. Rather than an intelligent eclectic mix, you will be listening to very basic synth loops.

Biography

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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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Electronic, Music, Dance, House, Rock
  • Released: 11 May 2012

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