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ARTIST
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Live
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CD

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DELI 007CD DELI 007CD
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RELEASE DATE
4/16/2013

James Ford and Jas Shaw aka Simian Mobile Disco, have always had an envious ability to transform their sound while staying firmly at the forefront of contemporary music. Their earliest explorations were in an inimitable strain of indie dance that resulted in the now-infamous Attack Decay Sustain Release. With their ever-evolving sound, they went on to release Temporary Pleasure, featuring a plethora of vocals from the likes of Alexis Taylor, Beth Ditto and Jamie Liddell. Most recently, they have released techno 12" compilation Delicacies and 2012's critically-acclaimed Unpatterns, described by XLR8R as SMD's "magnum opus," making it to #2 on XLR8R's end-of-year album chart. This has seen the duo produce an altogether deeper club-friendly sound -- a psychedelic-tinged strain of electronic music which still sounds so singularly and utterly them. This diverse musical excursion has led to Live, an album recorded while on tour in 2012, during a performance in Philadelphia in one take, with no edits. With a background of feverish techno rhythms and bounce as well as some vintage analog electronics, Live perfectly displays the brilliance of SMD, and is being released on their own Delicacies label. Fittingly, this is their first record distributed through the seminal German electronic label, Kompakt. The album is a flawless mix of SMD releases, past and present, with some brilliant re-workings of some of their most infamous tracks. "Cruel Intentions," "Hustler" and "It's the Beat," for instance, all feature with a more fevered and fervent strut, showcasing the duo's effortless way with an infectious beat and a knack for destroying any dancefloor they're put in charge of. The end result is an exhilarating blend of precise electronics, danceable rhythms and joyous aptitude.