Simian Mobile Disco was originally formed as a traveling DJ duet, playing on the side of their early four-piece band Simian. They ultimately released a number of low profile singles, such as "The Count" on Kitsuné Music, but arguably gained more fame for their remixes of artists such as Muse, Klaxons, The Go! Team, Air and others. In 2006, Kitsuné released SMD's underground hit "Hustler", which features a vocal performance from New York singer Char Johnson.
Musically, Simian Mobile Disco are known for heavily stylized tracks —often with minimal instrumentation— that associate themselves with a particular hook (vocal or instrumental —see mix of "Whoo! Alright, Yeah...Uh Huh" by The Rapture), which is repeated throughout the track. There is often a breakdown (occasionally more —see mix of "Magick" by Klaxons) comprising noise, drums and sometimes synths and vocals.
The band's debut album, Attack Decay Sustain Release was released on 18 June 2007 on Wichita Recordings. Among the tracks included on it are "Hustler", "Tits and Acid", "I Believe", "Hot Dog" and lead single "It's the Beat", which features Ninja from UK indie band The Go! Team on vocals. The album contains five new tracks, and the European version includes a bonus disc. The album was preceded by two mix compilations in April and May, for the "Bugged Out" and "Go Commando" series respectively.
SMD supported Klaxons at Brixton Academy on the 5 December 2007 and The Chemical Brothers at Aintree Pavilion on 9 December 2007 and Brighton Centre on 12 December 2007. SMD made a mix for Mixmag that came free with the January 2008 issue of Mixmag. While working on their second studio album, they released a collection of remixed SMD originals entitled Sample and Hold, which contains eleven tracks and was released in the UK on July 28, 2008. A North American date has not yet been announced.
In January 2009, they announced on their Myspace page that a new album was supposed to come out in 2009. Soon after that, they released a new track "Synthesise", on 12 February, through a music video (directed by Kate Moross and Alex Sushon) that "features live visual accompaniment" for the track. Two days later, a new song was broadcast on the BBC Radio 1 named "10,000 Horses Can't Be Wrong", soon followed by the release on 6 March of the official music video on their YouTube channel.
Their sophomore studio album Temporary Pleasure was finally announced on the 6 May, featuring many guests that they have encountered by their work as producers or their worldly tour including Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, Beth Ditto of Gossip, and Chris Keating of Yeasayer.
- "The Mighty Atom / Boatrace / Upside Down" (2004, I'm A Cliche)
- "Piggy in the Middle" (2005, Cassette Records) (backed with "I Freak" by Christine)
- "Pulse" (2005, Click Click Bang)
- "The Count" (2005, Kitsune Music) (backed with "Morse Code From The Cold War" by Dieter Schmidt)
- "Hustler / Clik" (2006, Kitsuné Music)
- "Tits & Acid / Animal House" (2006, White Label)
- "It's the Beat" (March 2007, Wichita Recordings) (with remixes by Graham Massey, Luke Vibert, Riton and Siriusmo)
- "I Believe" (July 2007, Wichita Recordings) (backed with "System" and remixes by Switch and Prins Thomas)
- "Run: Nike+ Sport Music" (Sept 2008, Nike, Inc.) (27:37 long running-oriented song released on iTunes, with an edited version as a b-side)
- "Run" (Oct 2008, White Label) (four edited versions of "Run: Nike+ Sport Music")
- "Synthesise" (Feb 2009) (with visual accompaniment, released exclusively via Beatport)
- "10,000 Horses Can't Be Wrong" (March 2009) (music video directed by Kate Moross & Alex Sushon, released exclusively via Beatport)
- "Audacity of Huge" featuring Chris Keating from Yeasayer (August 2009) with remixes by Dusty Kid, Dekker & Johan, Maxime Dangles and Naum Gabo)) - UK #60
These songs have been remixed by Simian Mobile Disco.
|2003||"Take Me I'm Yours"||The Droyds|
|"Never Be Alone"||Simian|
|2004||"Cherry Blossom Girl"||Air|
|"Tape 23"||Fans of Kate|
|"Before the Light Goes"||The Fallout Trust|
|"Ladyflash"||The Go! Team|
|"State of You"||Hardkandy|
|"Hold That Gun"||Keith|
|"Love Is a Deserter"||The Kills|
|"Morse Code from the Cold War"||Dieter Schmidt|
|"Here Comes"||Tahiti 80|
|2006||"Mona Lisa's Child"||Keith|
|"Are You the One?"||The Presets|
|2007||"Je t'aime"||Armand Van Helden|
|"Hands Off My Gold"||Celebration|
|"Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above"||Cansei de Ser Sexy|
|"Knights of Cydonia"||Muse|
|"Whoo! Alright-Yeah... Uh Huh"||The Rapture|
|"No Sale No I.D."||The Emperor Machine|
|"Big Fun"||Kevin Saunderson & Inner City|
|"Pro Nails"||Kid Sister featuring Kanye West|
In popular culture
- Official Website
- Official imeem page
- Simian Mobile Disco - I Believe (Official Music Video)
- Simian Mobile Disco at MySpace
- Discogs entry on SMD
- Simian Mobile Disco interview at musicOMH.com
- Simian Mobile Disco interview at Trust The DJ
- Simian Mobile Disco interview at Dummymag.com
- Simian Mobile Disco interview at Dour Festival
- Live review of Simian Mobile Disco at Koko on The Daily Music Guide
Biography from Wikipedia