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Artist: Simian Mobile Disco
Song Title: “Audacity Of Huge (Allez-Allez Remix)” & “ Bad Blood (ft. Alexis Taylor)
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James Ford and Jas Shaw. Two men. Three letters. SMD. Electronic pioneers. DJs. Producers. They’ve been tearing up dance-floors around the world for the past few years, but how did their story begin, and where will it end…? Back in the late ‘90s, James and Jas were studying folklore and physics respectively at Manchester University, while crafting strange electronic music in the spare room of their shared house. Although he eventually dropped out of his course, Jas’s grounding in quantum physics was to come in useful later: the drum pattern on SMD’s early white label Tits & Acid was based on matrix mechanics devised by Werner Heisenberg. But before Simian Mobile Disco there was Simian, a four-piece band Jas and James formed at Manchester with singer-songwriter Simon Lord and bass-player Alex Macnaghten. Like contemporaries such as Broadcast and the Beta Band, Simian sought to combine traditional songwriting with electronic sounds, with one key difference – their name did not contain the letter ‘B’. Soon the duo started knocking out their own tunes, releasing limited edition early bangers such as The Count, Fake Bake, and Clam Digger on friend’s labels like I’m Cliché and Kitsune, Catnip and Wax Fuckface. One early tune – Epilectrics – infamously had to be withdrawn from record stores when it was found to induce fits in dogs and Tweenagers alike. So what’s next for Simian Mobile Disco? 2009 will see the release of their hotly anticipated second album, Temporary Pleasure. If Attack Decay Sustain Release was a record for the dance floor, their sophomore effort is aimed squarely at the boudoir. “This one’s for all the ladeez out there”, says Jas. “And for all the gentlemen who wish to get with those superfine ladeez”, adds James. Then the boys will head back on the road, bringing their unique blend of hip-house influenced crunkadeleic poonstep to a venue near you. Be afraid. Be very afraid…
Credits: “Bad Blood” Written by James Shaw, James Ford and Alexis Taylor.
Publishing: Copyright control / Warner Chappell Publishing. Alexis Taylor appears courtesy of Parlophone Records. Recorded, performed, produced and mixed by James Shaw and James Ford at Space Cave, London. (P) 2009 Simian Mobile Disco under exclusive license to Wichita Recordings Ltd. © 2009 Simian Mobile Disco under exclusive license to Wichita Recordings Ltd.
“Audacity Of Huge (Allez-Allez Remix)” Written by James Shaw, James Ford and Chris Keating. Publishing: Copyright control / Diamond Eagle Publishing (ASCAP).
Chris Keating appears Courtesy of We Are Free (www.nowwearefree.com) Recorded, performed, produced and mixed by James Shaw and James Ford at Space Cave, London. Chris Keating vocals recorded at Stickydisc Recordings, Brooklyn by Eric Broucek. Remix and additional production by Allez Allez. (P) 2009 Simian Mobile Disco under exclusive license to Wichita Recordings Ltd. © 2009 Simian Mobile Disco under exclusive license to Wichita Recordings Ltd.