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It does not really feel like an album but instead like a collection of singles. I still like it anyway except for "love". I really do like Simian Mobile Disco, all of their remixes turn out amazing. Thoughts?

somuchsomuch24, Friday, 4 May 2007 18:47 (7 years ago) Permalink

Love it. Love them too. It's all good.

everything, Friday, 4 May 2007 19:11 (7 years ago) Permalink

Love them, but haven't heard it yet. "Hustler" is obviously one of the best tracks of last year. "It's the Beat" is great (in not quite at the level of "Hustler").

Spencer Chow, Friday, 4 May 2007 19:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

"Wooden" came out really great. I think that is my favorite out of the new ones. Also the music for "Hot Dog is amazing I just really don't care for that kiddy rhyme.

somuchsomuch24, Friday, 4 May 2007 19:43 (7 years ago) Permalink

I'm suprised this isn't getting more love here. Far, far better than I expected given their background. A brilliant chocolate box of styles. The album it reminded me of most was Blurs 'Parklife' but like that it's not just a hollow exercise in genre hopping but a really enervating, engaging piece of work.

Billy Dods, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

ok i like this but if it turns into the second token crossover dance album of 07 along with the field i will be fucking annoyed

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:33 (7 years ago) Permalink

sorta liked "sleep deprivation" until i realized it was a thinner version of the mandy remix of royksopp's "sparks"

jermainetwo, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:34 (7 years ago) Permalink

ok i like this but if it turns into the second token crossover dance album of 07 along with the field i will be fucking annoyed

obviously it will

blueski, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:42 (7 years ago) Permalink

why are people so lame

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:44 (7 years ago) Permalink

album of the year so far. just fantastic. i'd never have expected it of them 2 years ago when they apperead to be just-another-bunch-of-djs and such.

their website is saying they deliberately whittled the original 12 inch 'wig out' versions of the songs like HUSTLER and IT'S THE BEAT (as released in the last 12 months) down to very much shorter songs to make the album 'taut'. a fantastic idea! how many other dance bands are doing that?

the whole thing is less than 40 minutes top to tail and it sounds just like they've chukced away abolutely everything apart from the exciting bits. an album made up almost entirely of highlights.

IT'S THE *BEAT*!

pisces, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:44 (7 years ago) Permalink

longer version of 'hustler' is better. no version of 'it's the beat' is particularly good except maybe the dub version

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

approx 58430224 better dance albums have been and will be released this year.

i am souring on this already

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

haven't heard this but the 'suck my deck' mix has been on rotation all week round 'ere.

haitch, Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:54 (7 years ago) Permalink

approx 58430224 better dance albums have been and will be released this year

Please list some of them Lex, as apart from Apparat I haven't heard much better than SMD.

Billy Dods, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:07 (7 years ago) Permalink

lol @ concept of the field being the first big 'token dance crossover' for the year, too. some of you do not live in the real world, serious.

haitch, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

it's all about "i got this down"

cutty, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

blog house jog with me now

cutty, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

thomas fehlmann - honigpumpe
mia - bittersuss
popnoname - white album
lindstrom & prins thomas - reinterpretations
gui boratto - chromophobia
stephan bodzin - liebe ist
gabriel ananda - bambusbeats

just off the top of my head!

i really want to hear the apparat, actually.

xps

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

haitch by crossover he means 'will get on P&J/JP EOY list'

blueski, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:11 (7 years ago) Permalink

thomas fehlmann - honigpumpe
mia - bittersuss
popnoname - white album
lindstrom & prins thomas - reinterpretations
gui boratto - chromophobia
stephan bodzin - liebe ist
gabriel ananda - bambusbeats


are any of these proper bangin'? i need good basslines

blueski, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:12 (7 years ago) Permalink

haven't heard this but the 'suck my deck' mix has been on rotation all week round 'ere.

I like that Bugged Out mix as well, an excellent selection.

Neil S, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

you'll love the popnoname, steve

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:27 (7 years ago) Permalink

Lex all those are A TOTALLY DIFFERENT GENRE.

Matt DC, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:34 (7 years ago) Permalink

This will probably be this year's Mylo (ie outsell The Field by about 500:1) and Simian Mobile Disco can't produce a record to save their life but I can't deny they've got a way with a hook.

I like it. It's chunky and colourful but I'm listening to it as a pop record and not a house record at all.

Matt DC, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:36 (7 years ago) Permalink

ISimian Mobile Disco can't produce a record to save their life

Not sure I agree with this, although I haven't heard the SMD album.

braveclub, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:38 (7 years ago) Permalink

Seriously, the production is terrible, too many sharp edges and squealy treble and not sharp edges and squealy treble of the good variety either. It sounds a bit like they just hammered away and didn't bother to mix it.

Matt DC, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:40 (7 years ago) Permalink

so why on earth do you like it?!

i don't think it's quite as bad as you say - maybe having to endure the klaxons, justice and digitalism albums prior to it was a help here - but if it was i can't imagine being able to listen to it even as a mere "pop" record

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

The ideas and hooks outweigh the production. I don't think they were remotely interested in making this a masterpiece of sound construction.

I mean, it's still better than being, say Stefan Bodzin* and having beautiful sound engineering technique and zero ideas, hence endless reiterations of The Sky Was Pink for the last year or so.

*Disclaimer, not heard the album.

Matt DC, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:43 (7 years ago) Permalink

bodzin doesn't make anything remotely like 'the sky was pink'!

i don't think there are many ideas on the SMD album either. hooks yes though it's hardly weighed down with them

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:45 (7 years ago) Permalink

bodzin doesn't make anything remotely like 'the sky was pink'!

!!!!!

He basically ripped off that sound for the whole of 2006.

Matt DC, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:47 (7 years ago) Permalink

(I'm perfectly willing to give the album the benefit of the doubt though)

Matt DC, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:47 (7 years ago) Permalink

i don't think i heard any of his 2006 singles!

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:48 (7 years ago) Permalink

I like it. It's chunky and colourful but I'm listening to it as a pop record and not a house record at all.

Absolutely, if this were a collection of 12's it would probably be just ok, but as a bunch of 7's it works beautifully.

Billy Dods, Thursday, 10 May 2007 14:57 (7 years ago) Permalink

"too many sharp edges and squealy treble"

I don't have a problem with this and I think it's deliberate. That's what it's supposed to sound like. Just about everything else out there is lush, deep and lenghty. Bring on the changes, I say.

everything, Thursday, 10 May 2007 16:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

sounds like they need more bass. at least a lot of early 00s breaks stuff has good bass.

blueski, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:00 (7 years ago) Permalink

Maybe "good bass" = old fart music? Perhaps it's a deliberate attempt to distance themselves from Bassment Jaxx etc. I gather that in the UK this is a very young scene.

everything, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:13 (7 years ago) Permalink

i'd guess they are almost as old as jaxx they've been around as SIMIAN for almost as long.

pisces, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:16 (7 years ago) Permalink

Nah. The Jaxx first records came out in 95. Chemistry is What We Are is from 2001.

everything, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:18 (7 years ago) Permalink

haven't heard it but if it's anything like "it's the beat" it's fucking awful

Ronan, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:19 (7 years ago) Permalink

See, I don't get that. To me "It's The Beat" is great. What's so awful about it?

everything, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

Maybe "good bass" = old fart music?

lol, please to stfu.

jim, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

if I wanted to hear trebly quirky shit I'd make it rock music so I could get paid for it

Ronan, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:26 (7 years ago) Permalink

'Tits And Acid' is the one i rly like but it could be better.

blueski, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:32 (7 years ago) Permalink

It's Attention Defecit Disco.

Scik Mouthy, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:34 (7 years ago) Permalink

do you think the lack of bass that everyone complains about in blog house could have something to do with modern music programs? i read similar complaints about the field album lacking in bass and sounding "too ableton"

creme1, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:35 (7 years ago) Permalink

compression is one of the big factors. everything is dulled. but the trend has been to move away from heavy or dominant basslines in other genres too (everything rap orientated inc. US hip-pop and grime derived stuff in the UK).

blueski, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

It's the fact that it's designed to be listened to on laptop speakers rather than in clubs / on decent hi-fis. This is the tipping point when all the shit I've been wailing on about for the last 18 months that you lot have been ignoring starts to effect you in negative ways and you all realise I was right. We will hoist Dangermouse on the gallows before the month is out.

Scik Mouthy, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:38 (7 years ago) Permalink

but i'd say the centre of much of this music is those huge distorted bass guitar lines

xp

creme1, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:38 (7 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, but depending what you play those huge distorted bass guitar lines on, they don't actually exist.

Scik Mouthy, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:39 (7 years ago) Permalink

This is the tipping point when all the shit I've been wailing on about for the last 18 months that you lot have been ignoring starts to effect you in negative ways and you all realise I was right.

Oh yeah? Well I'm still gonna watch movies on my laptop gramps

blueski, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:48 (7 years ago) Permalink

I hoped we'd established that a scene's popularity is moot in discussing the merits of said scene but maybe I'm too much of an optimist.

jim, Friday, 22 June 2007 15:32 (7 years ago) Permalink

i wuz gonna say, like

Alan, Friday, 22 June 2007 15:33 (7 years ago) Permalink

bonus disc tracklisting:

1. I Got This Down (Instrumental Version) 4:10
2. It's The Beat (Dub for Annie Mac) 6:36
3. Hustler (Club Version) 6:36
4. I Believe (SMD Space Dub) 6:10
5. Hot Dub 6:46
6. Wooden (Uncut)

i've not heard it. i've not heard the album, either, though due to this thread i'm considering it.

Gukbe, Friday, 22 June 2007 16:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

finally listened: this is really rather good, esp. 'Scott' which is what Orbital should've sounded more like on their last album or even better what a British MC should be burbling over on their own album.

blueski, Monday, 16 July 2007 19:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

and it really didn't sound particularly over-compressed on my earphones - no more than, say, 'Machine Says Yes' which it reminds me of a fair bit.

blueski, Monday, 16 July 2007 19:51 (7 years ago) Permalink

whoa 'i believe' is a great song

deej, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 07:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

"it's the beat" on through "hotdog" is especially murderous.

Jordan Sargent, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 07:51 (6 years ago) Permalink

no fucking mercury nomination who the fuck's responsible?

pisces, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 09:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

all the evidence points to this being a must-buy DESPITE my knights of cydonia-inspired reservations so graphically delineated above.

Just got offed, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 16:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

you can listen to extracts on bleep.com

blueski, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 16:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

louis maybe you could tell us again about your reaction to the knights of cydonia remix

max, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 16:46 (6 years ago) Permalink

"what a British MC should be burbling over on their own album."

not the sound of their blood running from their freshly guillotined head?

Ronan, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 16:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

r.i.p. lex.

Jordan Sargent, Sunday, 23 September 2007 06:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

its funny how snobbery transcends all genres

bnw, Sunday, 23 September 2007 06:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

i like this record but people dance really aggro to this shit in the club and i stopped going to hardcore shows when i graduated high school

max, Sunday, 23 September 2007 08:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

Hardcore is the new indie-dance. I played Sonz of a Loop da Loop Era - "Far Out" and the kids went NUTS.

Spencer Chow, Sunday, 23 September 2007 12:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

This is a good thing.

Spencer Chow, Sunday, 23 September 2007 12:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

the very harsh Stylus review really brings this album's score right down on Metacritic

blueski, Sunday, 23 September 2007 12:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

I love how disingenuously wrong the Lex is up there, considering when we went to see Mayer and Ananda at Fabric we walked straight in, whereas Friday nights playing this sort of stuff have them queuing round the block.

(And to be honest what other way is there of judging the popularity of a scene other than gig/club attendance? I thought that was what a scene WAS.)

Matt DC, Sunday, 23 September 2007 13:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

'Wooden' sounds like a condensed version of something Mayer or Ananda would play - y/n?

blueski, Sunday, 23 September 2007 13:16 (6 years ago) Permalink

that's one of the tracks that most needs to be double the length really

blueski, Sunday, 23 September 2007 13:17 (6 years ago) Permalink

Not really, no. It borrows some of the same melodic flourishes but sonically - texturally and dynamically - it's totally different. I mean, it IS totally compressed in a way that doesn't really appreciate the sense of space you get on a big soundsystem.

Matt DC, Sunday, 23 September 2007 13:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

It's sort of the sonic equivalent of brightly-coloured cheap bits of plastic - and I'm not necessarily meaning that as a criticism because I'm pretty sure that was the effect they were going for. Cheap bits of plastic can be fun too and they're rarely intimidating.

Matt DC, Sunday, 23 September 2007 13:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

I dunno if I just have poor attention span but I liked all the first half of this album and none of the 2nd half!

Colonel Poo, Sunday, 23 September 2007 13:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

i agree in that 'Wooden' probably sounds worst in terms of compression and the intentional noise/hiss is a bit puzzling because it would sound a lot better if everything was a bit cleaner and purer. but it sounds to me a bit busier or i guess maximal than what i've heard of Ananda, not just because of it's shortness. i have the 'uncut' version on the bonus disc of remixes that came with the album at least.

blueski, Sunday, 23 September 2007 14:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

spencer did you go see them @ the echo last night? i was there and a fight broke out next to me and there was no room to like dance and i had to spend the whole time basically throwing elbows to prevent dudes from crushing my 5'4" friend. i actually thought their set was terrific--better than the record--but the vibe totally threw me off. maybe i just wasnt in the mood for insane aggressive dancing tho.

max, Sunday, 23 September 2007 16:16 (6 years ago) Permalink

"far out" is all kinds of classic tho, its hard NOT to go crazy when that gets thrown on

max, Sunday, 23 September 2007 16:17 (6 years ago) Permalink

probably the bad vibe is partly my fault, i should have stayed to the back where there was room to do dances that werent just jumping up and down rather than getting up to the front with the really drunk violent types

the light show was great too

max, Sunday, 23 September 2007 16:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

and your selectors for fabriclive 41 are...

01 Tomita - The Firebird – Infernal Dance Of King Kastechi [Clean Version] – SonyBMG
02 Sisters Of Transistors – The Don – This Is Music
03 Simian Mobile Disco – Simple - Wichita
04 Hercules And Love Affair – Blind [Serge Santiago Version] – EMI
05 Smith N Hack – Space Warrior – Errorsmith and Soundhack
06 Discodeine – Joystick – Dirty
07 Shit Robot – Chasm – DFA
08 Perc & Fractal – Up Tool – Kompakt
09 Metro Area – Miura – Environ
10 Worthy – Crack EI – Leftroom
11 Moon Dog – Suite Equestria – Roof
12 Fine Cut Bodies – Huncut Hacuka – Chi Recordings
13 Bentobox vs Chordian – Aemono - Imprimé
14 Jelo & DeadMau5 – The Reward Is Cheese – Rising Trax
15 Simian Mobile Disco - Sleep Deprivation [Simon Baker Remix] – Wichita
16 Popof – The Chomper [LSD Version]– Turbo Recordings
17 Raymond Scott – Cindy Electronium – Basta
18 Paul Woolford Presents Bobby Peru – Erotic Discourse – 2020 Vision
19 Moebius Plank Neumeier – Pitch Control – Sky Records
20 Plastikman – Spastik – Mute
21 Green Velvet – Flash – Relief Records
22 The Walker Brothers – Nite Flights [Album Version] – SonyBMG

haitch, Thursday, 12 June 2008 09:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

they played spastik and flash in their set at primavera which i thought was gonna be all live but was 70% DJing bah

blueski, Thursday, 12 June 2008 10:49 (6 years ago) Permalink

yup. dull as can be. i drifted over to Surkin which was sooooo much better but with a fraction of the crowd.

Upt0eleven, Thursday, 12 June 2008 10:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

does surkin even have an album out? i mean its not like he wont get the same full court press-press when he does, b/w when i saw kevin saunderson he dropped 'white knights two'

anyway this SMD album is so great

deej, Thursday, 12 June 2008 11:17 (6 years ago) Permalink

Max is OTM about them being so much better live than on record.

Matt DC, Thursday, 12 June 2008 11:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

smd still sucks, but there's great remixes of their tracks up on the shit robot and invisible conga people myspaces.

etc, Friday, 13 June 2008 03:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

I like that 'System' track from the 'Live In Japan' release. is the Clock EP any good?

Cittaslow Mazza (blueski), Monday, 27 October 2008 14:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

ADSR is alright, but the Sample And Hold ADSR remix album is better. The Joakim remix of Hustler and the Chrome Hoof remix of Clock are the best things they've released.

Sbarrohawk (Mackro Mackro), Monday, 27 October 2008 15:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

I was a bit surprised by just how hostile the Pitchfork review of S&H was... judged as a compilation album entirely on its own merits, it's not great, but it's hardly terrible, and well above the standards of most of these remix comps. And the Chrome Hoof mix really is great.

Telephone thing, Monday, 27 October 2008 16:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

hangover/apology for the good review they gave the album?

skygreenleopard, Tuesday, 28 October 2008 06:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

SMD - The Audacity of Huge...

Audaciously godawful.

N1ck (Upt0eleven), Thursday, 23 July 2009 13:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yes. There's one or two alright ones on the new album (track 5 I think?), but overall very disappointing.

plazzTT, Thursday, 23 July 2009 13:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

am expecting album to suck even tho i really liked the first one

Aqua Teen Cunga Force (blueski), Thursday, 23 July 2009 13:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

The live show last night surprised me by actually being, like, completely awesome. Either they are just a million times better live than on record (admittedly a very strong possibility) or the album will actually be really good. Single still weak though.

Matt DC, Thursday, 30 July 2009 08:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

2nd track they did was new and seemed like the best thing they've ever done

unban dictionary (blueski), Thursday, 30 July 2009 09:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

Glad they've stepped up the live show. I think the first time I saw them was either their first or second time playing live and it lacked... pretty much everything. Seemed like they were very much still trying to figure out how to translate the record to a performable version. Hence why I didn't go last night.

N1ck (Upt0eleven), Thursday, 30 July 2009 09:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

not sure if a new thread for Temporary Pleasure is really worthwhile because it's a bit of a let down (or, if you hated the first LP, more of the same but a bit worse)

i don't know if it's just that there seem to be fewer hooks or neat ideas (despite there being more songs and guest vocals on this one - the Beth Ditto one is OK but no stretch for her), or the drums are just so compressed that it doesn't sound v good unless really really loud...probably both. 'Synthesize' blew me away in the live show but that power doesn't come thru on the record quite as much (well not on standard headphones via spotify at least). i still like their 'celestial organ' type sounds but they haven't really varied or broadened the palette for this so ehh...

unban dictionary (blueski), Wednesday, 19 August 2009 11:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

SMD have got an album of acid bangers (mixed into a short DJ set, style mix) coming out called Delicacies and it is fucking awesome.

Loads of tweaking acid, trance and techno done on all their vintage equipment.

You can keep lame hook ups with Kele Bloc Party and all that shit (although Hustler will always have place in my heart). This is what they're ace at.

Duran (Doran), Thursday, 21 October 2010 17:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

no thread about the new stuff? hm seems not.

here's the new album stream on The Graun. check Your Love Aint Fair and Seraphim if you like techno-pop stuff.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/may/04/simian-mobile-disco-unpatterns-stream

piscesx, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 15:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Hustler" still kicks ass - pleasant surprise whenever it comes up on shuffle.

skip, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 15:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

yah i feel like ADSR got retroactively disowned or something. it's got a handful of great songs.

caulk the wagon and float it, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 17:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

"cruel intentions" off their 2nd album is prob a top-10 song of the last 5 yrs for me

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 17:17 (2 years ago) Permalink


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