So, we’re breaking tons of rules here. Our own rules that is. Fist up, we’re posting clips of tracks, which is a massive no-no for us. Generally, anything under 3m00s will go straight in our Inbox trash, regardless of who delivers it. Secondly, we’re using an ugly as hell Juno player. As a rule we’ll only use content delivery systems we can at least a little bit hack to make it fit the site’s aesthetics, the Juno widget is an ugly beast that’s you can’t even resize, which really messes with our 500px format. However, this release is a) amazing and b) only available on vinyl. If it remains only on vinyl, this might be your only chance to hear it, so rule breaking ahoy! But it’s a one off, do not expect us to make a habit of it, so on your bike with your 1m45s clips!
And what’s caused all this ruckus then? It’s a 12”, released yesterday, by LB, and once you’ve heard the vocals you’ll be pretty confident as to what LB stands for. The track, Superstitious Heart, is a collaboration between Little Boots, Maya Jane Coles and Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford. The track was written by The Boots, Maya and Ford with Maya stepping up on production duties. Deep and Techy sounds abound, as you would expect for this line up. Musically Maya’s influence seems to stand out, but we can also hear The Boots indulging her well documented love of 90s House. The shuffling beat and rounded bass are beautiful and hypnotic, while The Boots opts for a suitably intimate performance. The track is backed up with another Deep House tune. On Whatever Sets You Free, The Boots teams up with London producer Baunz to drop some ethereal warehouse vibes. The 12” is rounded off with Dub version of both tracks. If the tracks ever hit some kind of new fangled internet streaming service we’ll bring you a closer look, but, if you’ve got decks, this needs to be on them.
♫ LB – Superstitious Heart/Whatever Sets You Free (Clips courtesy of Juno)
LB’s Superstitious Heart/Whatever Sets You Free 12” is out now.
I still have Simian Mobile Disco to thank for one of the best night out I have had in the last ten years and while their last album didn’t grab me as much as their début I still follow their career with interest.
‘Seraphim’ is the first single from the duo’s forthcoming album ‘Unpatterns’ and is an interesting peice of electronic music after my own heart. It’s a deep track that although strictly a House track contains a lot of Trip-House and Bristol Beat DNA, especially in it’s vocals and it’s dubby use of spacious, buzzing synths. Even the Acid line just adds to the multi-layered texture of the track. A promising start!
♫ Simian Mobile Disco – Seraphim
‘Unpatterns’ is released April 9th on Wichita Recordings.
Simian Mobile Disco are dropping their first US released mix CD in October in association with New York’s ‘Fixed parties.
And sat in the mix will be a new SMD track, ‘Nerve Salad’. It’s deep and dark and the kind of thing we haven’t heard for a while, even from SMD. It harks back to Attack Decay Sustain Release, cool, chilled, weird stuff.
Electro dance superstars Simian Mobile Disco are now starting the approach phase for the release of their second album, ‘Temporary Pleasure’, which is due out August 17th and will feature guest appearances by the likes of Beth Ditto, Jamie Lidell, Alexis Taylor & Telepathe.
It looks like this track, ‘Audacity Of Huge’, graced with the vocals of Yeasayer’s Chris Keating, will be the lead in single. Give it a listen, it’s a pretty fantastic mix of SMD’s hypnotic Electro-House and 80’s rock style vocals.