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Simultaneously innovative and derivative?

I'm not going to deride this album as totally uncreative. The production aesthetic is dark, textured, and funky...and now that "glitch" and "IDM" have introduced to producers of dance music an entire universe of experimental sounds and styles to reference, dance music such as this has grown to become marginally more interesting and sophisticated of late. And so this album stands out as hip and forward-thinking, in contrast to its many club and dance music contemporaries, but as derivative and safe, in contrast to the more daring experiments conducted by artists in the current, and even the past, underground of electronica. The underlying compositions themselves seem to take us on a trip through the same house and disco landscapes through which we've been travelling since the 1970's, and which now imprison us mercilessly at almost every gay club on earth. SMD has the power to create both cerebral and evisceral music, but I'm somewhat disappointed that they focus their energy on mostly derivative, maintream dance music. Their are some nasty, funky jams to be found here, but the antics grow tiresome upon extended listening. Like Jackson and His Computer Band, SMD tips its hat both to the tried-and true formulas of funk, disco, and house, and to the insane headtrips of IDM...all just a little too self-consciously.

great album

a steal at 7.99. the 3 bonus tracks arent as good as the album - a great listen all the way through though.

Originality is not dead

How cool is this group? I felt like my brain was cleaned out and re-booted by this music. Very original and intelligent beats / effects. Get this and bring out your inner hustler.


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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