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

blueski, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

It's Attention Defecit Disco.

Scik Mouthy, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:34 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

"Complaining" about the lack of bass in modern music such as The Field or SMD is like "complaining" about 303s being too bleepy. It's the nature of the medium and people are exploring it to find what can be done with it. At the very least, it gives the music a distinctive sound that is very "now". Looking back on the history of popular music, that's generally a good thing.

everything, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

The Field doesn't have bass because it's a home listening type thing. The tracks he actually plays out, e.g. Over the Ice have bass. Presumably because he's not enough of a douchecanoe to inflict bassless dance music on people.

jim, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

oh god, the field, we saw him live last week and everyone fucking stood round the dj booth in a semicircle motionless like they were at some sort of laptop indie gig. dreadful.

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:17 (6 years ago) Permalink

What exactly does he do though? Play records?

everything, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

"Complaining" about the lack of bass in modern music such as The Field or SMD is like "complaining" about 303s being too bleepy. It's the nature of the medium and people are exploring it to find what can be done with it. At the very least, it gives the music a distinctive sound that is very "now". Looking back on the history of popular music, that's generally a good thing.

what a load of nonsense.

Ronan, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

the field and simian mobile disco are a medium now? or even any way similar to each other?

Ronan, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

CUT THE MIDRANGE
CUT THE BASS

strongohulkington, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

i think "tinny, overcompressed 'dance music' that sounds best on low-res mp3s" is almost certainly a genre at this point

strongohulkington, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:34 (6 years ago) Permalink

neither the field nor SMD sound remotely "now". if we're comparing bassless music then cassie's 'me & u' beats both of them hands fucking down.

What exactly does he do though? Play records?

well, yes, but when dance artists play dance records people are generally meant to dance.

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:34 (6 years ago) Permalink

jess that sounds like you're describing MIA

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

wait, which MIA?

strongohulkington, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

jim, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

anyway beyond the facile bass/no bass red herring, the reason this sucks is that it sounds like the bad bits of electroclash, which first emerged about 5 years ago.

it's electrohouse minus the dance music, braxe minus the disco, just a big messy load of crap for the "omg electro rock! i am a cool indie now!" audience.

Ronan, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

bird flu MIA

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

i would lump her in there too, yes!

strongohulkington, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

I gotta say I like the fact that it's somewhat sloppy/messy. There's tons of micro-managed ultra-sleek music around, expecially dance music, so why not make room for some of this?

As for the indie fan thing, I don't know or care about that.

everything, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, there's too much of that "music that doesn't sound like shit" going about. It's a real bummer.

jim, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:48 (6 years ago) Permalink

x-post nobody's stopping them from making it, people can like what they want.

dance acts like this make albums when they've stopped being interesting and have to milk their sound to ads and people who want to like "all types of music". in SMD's case I never found them interesting anyway.

Ronan, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:51 (6 years ago) Permalink

"so much good music around! why not make room for some crap?"

xp!

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:51 (6 years ago) Permalink

fwiw i think a big reason this shit gets hype and other better dance music doesn't is because they have really good PRs

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

That's a good one!

everything, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

God Ronan, you're such a snob, hating on this supposed audience. I don't care about who their audience is. I'm unlikely to ever see them in a live setting anyway. I've only ever listened to this on laptop speakers myself and it sounds just fine.

everything, Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:58 (6 years ago) Permalink

The Southall baiting continues unabated!

jim, Thursday, 10 May 2007 19:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

shut your blab and dance, you faggots

elmo argonaut, Thursday, 10 May 2007 19:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

qed

Ronan, Thursday, 10 May 2007 22:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

you guys just don't like them cause theyre white!

somuchsomuch24, Thursday, 10 May 2007 22:44 (6 years ago) Permalink

Oh boy.

jim, Thursday, 10 May 2007 22:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

It's not a house record, or even really a dance record. I mean, this stuff is explicitly designed for people who like the idea of dance music (cool bleepy noises, beats, erm that's it) without the reality (ie repetition, long build-ups, no song stuctures, tracks that last more than five minutes).

Taking it as a dance record is missing the point, this stuff has virtually no function outside being 'cool noise', which is all well and good as long as you think the noise in question is cool. I think I do, for now.

It's The Beat is rubbish though, worst thing on the album.

Matt DC, Thursday, 10 May 2007 22:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

i think the bad rap that "people who like everything" get is totally unfair.

aaron d.g., Thursday, 10 May 2007 22:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

I mean, this stuff is explicitly designed for people who like the idea of dance music (cool bleepy noises, beats, erm that's it) without the reality (ie repetition, long build-ups, no song stuctures, tracks that last more than five minutes)

these people are fucking lame then!

i think the bad rap that "people who like everything" get is totally unfair.

i like everything, i mean i probably have the most varied taste of anyone on this thread, i just like everything to be what it is rather then a horrid indecisive messy hodgepodge.

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 22:55 (6 years ago) Permalink

i probably have the most varied taste of anyone on this thread

Lex, meet 'self-awareness'.

Also, this ISN'T an indecisive hodgepodge. It knows EXACTLY what it wants to be. Just like electroclash did five years ago! And the people who are comparing it unfavourably to 2002-electro would have done exactly that if they'd been a) older and b) listening to dance music for years, in 2002.

Matt DC, Thursday, 10 May 2007 22:58 (6 years ago) Permalink

matt who else do you know who follows house/techno, r&b and teenpop as much as i try to??? and i pretty much like most other genres except the tiny irrelevant one of indie rock.

it's a mess, is what it is, and it sounds shit. shit music for shit people.

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 23:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

Argh, that's terribly phrased. What I'm saying is that everyone I knew who was into house music from 1998-2001 absolutely slated electroclash and even early electrohouse for exactly the same reason this album is being slated.

Which is fine if you think it's shit, but comparing SMD unfavourably to electroclash is a bit silly.

(Alex there are more than four genres in the world)

Matt DC, Thursday, 10 May 2007 23:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

yes i know. i don't have time to actually pay attention to the others but i am open to every one of them. except ONE.

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 23:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

Country?

Matt DC, Thursday, 10 May 2007 23:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

Folk?

Matt DC, Thursday, 10 May 2007 23:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

You're into metal, Lex?

jim, Thursday, 10 May 2007 23:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

lol, xposts.

jim, Thursday, 10 May 2007 23:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

Thrash metal?

Matt DC, Thursday, 10 May 2007 23:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

i like some folk!

metal = boys with guitars

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 May 2007 23:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

What jazz albums have you enjoyed this year Lex?

everything, Thursday, 10 May 2007 23:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

What's your favourite Beethoven string quartet?

jim, Thursday, 10 May 2007 23:07 (6 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 (1 year ago) Permalink

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

skip, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 15:56 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink


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