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Simian Mobile Disco

Murmurations

Simian Mobile Disco's fifth full length album, "Murmurations", features vocals from celebrated Hackney-based collective The Deep Throat Choir and sees the established dance duo further bolster their already impressive sonic portfolio with another thrilling nine songs done in their inimitable, stadium-pleasing electronic style.

As perfectly pitched for headphones as it is for clubs, and named after giant cloud formations of starlings and themed around the stunning emergent behaviors that appear within them. To mirror these movements in the sonic landscape and visuals of "Murmurations", SMD’s James Ford and Jas Shaw also collaborated with creative directors Kazim Rashid of ENDLESSLOVESHOW (Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawk) and Carri Munden. Together with The Deep Throad Choir, they have created a sprawling, dramatic and expansive piece of work. The delicate and evocative vocal parts ride SMD's textured electronic structures and rhythms in ethereal and enchanted ways, while the long duration of the tracks truly absorbs the listener in their magic. This is some of the strongest work we've seen from the pair and a brilliant introduction to TDTC should they require the exposure. A truly accomplished album which finds Simian Mobile Disco in fine form. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Simian surprise me endlessly by actually making a record I really like! The ethereal mix of haunting choir and SMD's shimmering soundscapes is evocative and cinenmatic indeed. Ace.

TRACK LISTING

1. Boids
2. Caught In A Wave
3. We Go
4. Gliders
5. Hey Sister
6. A Perfect Swarm
7. Defender
8. V Formation
9. Murmuration

Ilya Beshevli

Wanderer Remixes - Inc. Simian Mobile Disco / Palmbomen Remixes

    Ilya Beshevli’s sophomore album ‘Wanderer’, released in May 2016, gets a reworking of the title track by Dutch lo-fi house producer Kai Hugo aka Palmbomen as well as minimalist composer and labelmate Ryan Teague, whereas Simian Mobile Disco remix focus track ‘The Traveller’s Night Song’.  The SMD rework on Side-A is a woozy warped-keys rework of the original, with throbbing kick drums and cosmic echoes swirling around the stereo field. Starting with driving pitched kicks and a faded melodic trill working its way to the forefront before introducing both rhythmic and (later) melodic counterparts. Half Way through and it descends into some echoey melodic black-hole before kick-starting the part with an anthemic and triumphant ambient electronic climax. Move into the latter half of side-A, and there is a perfect juxtaposition to the dancefloor ready vibes on the opener in Palmbomen's remix of 'Wanderer'. New-age pads and woodwind-esque squeals are thrown together with aplomb, whilst giving way gradually to an ever encroaching melodic foundation. Half-way through and a resonant 303 rips its way into the mix, slidding and shimmering about the place, before coaxing the formerly meek ambience into some sort of distorted empathy. On the flipside, the epic Ryan Teague remix displays the sort of arpeggiated electronic ambience you might expect from Ricardo Donoso or Ulrich Schnauss before scraping and droning into a skittering rhythmic glitch. Highly melodic, but littered with artifacts (tape-stop/beat repeat etc) pulling and pushing at the established foundation whilst still retaining a cohesion and dedication to the source material. An excellently curated trio of tracks here, remaining true to the spirit of the original, whilst forging a new path for the outer boundaries of the sound. 

      

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: A perfectly flowing, and warmingly cohesive set of remixes from Ilya Beshevli's stunning 'Wanderer'. From cosmic electronic, to new-age with a bit of acid thrown in for good measure. A perfect digital counterfoil to the acoustic drive of the original.


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