Simian Mobile Disco is an English production and remix team. Formed from
the ashes of Simian in 2005 its members are James Ford and Jas Shaw. In
addition to his work with Simian Mobile Disco, James Ford is a producer
and has worked for bands such as the Arctic Monkeys, Peaches and
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 is 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.