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Simian Mobile Disco

"Attack Decay Sustain Release" CD


Genre: electro pop, dance

June 2008

Trendy. With Klaxons and Justice heading up this recent genre (ravey dancey poppy "electro"), it's about time for Interscope's latest catch, Simian Mobile Disco, to join the fray. Already basking in sweet nothings from the likes of NME and Pitchfork, this British troupe's meaty beaty anthems are set to grace hipster halls from here to Tokyo come Fall. So what of the music? Get those cocks out, it's pretty good.

We open with the pounding analogue of "Sleep Deprivation," a bracing, five minute instrumental heavily reminiscent of Vitalic's "Poney" (the one with the dogs). Dirty, hip hop oriented "I Got This Down" is confident if reliant on a bland vocal line; fortunately, the day is saved by funky low synths and decisive high synths. Meanwhile, "It's The Beat" plugs the shit out of some decade-old club hit. In fact, this nineties dance influence is prominent on a large part of Attack Decay Sustain Release; tracks like "Hustler" and "Hotdog" would make Armand Van Helden and The Chemical Brothers proud. Meanwhile, "Love" is pure 80s, and "I Believe" is, well, pure good. (And 80s.) There is one particular track on Attack Decay that will be forgotten shortly after the needle leaves the groove (that would be "Tits & Acid," "Witch Doktor" sirens and all), but hey, why cry over spilt milk? As it is, this is a fun record, and SMD adds enough of their own juices to keep it from blending in with the crowd. Yeaaahh.


youuuuuuuutube!: "it's the beat" video, "i believe" video

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, 36:53, distributed everywhere, released Sep 18 2007]