Simian Mobile Disco are an English dance production and remix team. Formed from the ashes of Simian
in 2005, Simian Mobile Disco comprises James Ellis Ford and James
Anthony Shaw. They have released a number of low profile singles, such
as “The Count” on Kitsune Records, but have arguably gained more fame
for their remixes of artists such as The Go! Team, Air and others.
In the late ‘90s, James Ford and Jas Shaw were studying biology and philosophy, respectively, at Manchester University, while making electronic music in the spare room of their shared house. Fellow student Simon Lord, a folk-influenced singer-songwriter, caught wind of the duo’s sonic experiments, and along with bass player Alex MacNaughten they formed the band Simian.
In order to sate their love of electronic party music, James and Jas booked some DJ dates while touring with Simian, calling themselves Simian Mobile Disco.
At around the same time, their record company decided to launch a competition for bedroom acts to remix the Simian track ‘Never Be Alone’. A then unknown French production duo called Justice entered and didn’t win. This remix was later picked up by DJs like Erol Alkan and became a huge success.
Simian Mobile Disco then made a few tunes of their own, releasing them on small labels such as Kitsuné and Click Click Bang, run by their friends.
As DJs they toured extensively, and were booked to play at events including the Club NME Tour and superclubs like Fabric.
They were then signed up by Wichita for an album deal and released their debut album ‘Attack Decay Sustain Release’ on 4th June 2007. All the tracks on the album began as extended club tracks they used while playing live, but have been edited down to try and keep the album varied and punchy. Guest artists featured on the album include Simon Lord, formerly of Simian, Barry Dobbin from Clor and Go! Team frontwoman Ninja.