Label: Polydor Group Release date: 17.08.09 Website: Simian Myspace Simian Mobile Disco, a.k.a. Jas Shaw and James Ford, follow up their excellent 2007 debut Attack Sustain Delay Release with a record that, in many ways, has a lot in common with another electro-duo of Manchester Uni grads; namely Chemical Brothers. Having said that, although the itnerant purveyors of ape dance parties latest album Temporary Pleasure is their most accessible and commercial to date, it definitely retains their signature sound and the power to make you beat your chest triumphantly (on the dancefloor?) Speaking of beats, SMD certainly produce theirs with a capital PH. The album rests on a foundation of awesome rhythms, ranging from breaks to bassline, through a little jungle and the obligatory painfully-in-vogue funky house. This means that underlying the guest vocals (that in themselves are necessarily varied) is a signature theme tying together what could otherwise be a seemingly disparate collection of songs. Indeed, SMD run the risk of diluting their sound with the aforementioned guest vocalists, in the same way that Chemical Brothers before them (arguably) did; the addition of Gruff Rhys (of Super Furry Animals fame) crooning over Cream Dream and Beth Ditto aurally strutting her (substantial) stuff to the tune of Cruel Intentions are miss and hit respectively. Unusually, the album is bottom-loaded. Aforementioned opening track Cream Dream and the following single Audacity of Huge will sound to many SMD fans like a tired paddle in the sea of 70s analogue homage. By good ol’ inevitably great track 3 10,000 Horses Can’t Be Wrong we’re introduced to a shift in choice of quality mammal-ectro. It’s good stuff, the false-stop and drop comes after a gratifying, melodic 2:40, before paving the way for the much deeper (and heavier) majority remainder of the album. Indeed, SMD benefit from a power-surge midway through the album which swiftly banishes any doubt that the personality of the album is more schizophrenic than unique. Synthesise in particular representing a wonderfully minimalist groove which is followed up by Bad Blood, a melodic, calypso-freak beat beauty, both intangibly but unmistakbly SMD-stylee. In the past couple of years both mainstream and alternative has felt a deluge of electro-fusion, synthesisers and trance beats. Simian Mobile Disco appear to occupy a privileged position; old enough to be immune to accusations of band wagon heists, legitimate enough to straddle the stream of musical taste, and with a new album out at just the right time to capitalise. Luckily for everyone involved, Temporary Pleasure is anything but, and likewise we can rest assured that SMB are not just another passing strobe light of the neo-disco-revival fad. Rating: 8/10 Awesome, awesome video too! But what did you expect from these two?