Simian Mobile Disco's debut, Attack Decay Sustain Release, had it's moments - 'Hustler' is particularly amazing - but it was somewhat overshadowed by the fact that one half of the duo is probably the most sort after producer right now. James Ford, for it is he, has produced albums by Klaxons, Arctic Monkeys, Florence & The Machine and Peaches and was also one third of The Last Shadow Puppets live set-up (as well as producing the album).
We imagine that the other fella got a bit annoyed with all this tomfoolery and demanded he return to the warm bosom of home and thus their second album Temporary Pleasure was born. Luckily, Ford has used his gold-plated Rolodex to call in some big names to sing on the album (Gruff Rhys, Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip, Beth Ditto, Jamie Lidell, Telepathe and the man from Yeasayer).
'The man from Yeasayer' aka Chris Keating, pops up on the first single, 'Audacity of Huge':
Funky fresh. Not sure if it's HUGE enough to catch the ear of the single-downloading masses, but it's a nice slice of what no-one's calling 'intelligent dance music'. The album, in case you're interested, is out on 17 August and the single is out fourteen days before that.
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