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Simian Mobile Disco

Simian Mobile Disco

Members: James Ford, Jas Shaw

Origin: London, UK

Labels: Kitsuné, Wichita Recordings


Simian Mobile Disco are a London producers duo formed by James Ford and Jas Shaw, former members of Simian, a British psychedelic pop band from the early noughties. This new project came about as a DJ version of the band playing at clubs and festivals. They also released a few singles on the Kitsuné label, making a move towards dance music, and they started doing remixes for artists like Air, Björk, The Kills, Muse, Klaxons and The Go! Team. One of their biggest hits of that era was “Hustler”, on which they worked with singer Char Johnson. In June 2007 they issued their debut album, “Attack Decay Sustain Release”, on Wichita Recordings. It peaked at 59 on the British charts.

In order to make the wait for the second album more bearable, they released a remix album featuring their reworks of tracks by the likes of Shit Robot, Joakim, Pinch, Silver Apples and Danton Eeprom. They also did a set for DJ mix series FabricLive. In August 2009, “Temporary Pleasure” came out, featuring guest parts from Gruff Rhys, Chris Keating from Yeasayer, Beth Ditto, Jamie Lidell and Alexis Taylor. In 2010 they released a series of singles dedicated to food dishes from around the world as part of the project “Delicacies”. The singles were later compiled onto an album of the same title.

Selected discography

“Attack Decay Sustain Release” (Wichita, 2007)

“FabricLive.41” (Fabric, 2008)

“Temporary Pleasures” (Wichita, 2009)

“Delicacies” (Wichita, 2010)