Full disclosure: Simian Mobile Disco might be my favorite band. Who can really ever say?
I can say, however, that their live show included moments of sheer elation matched by dizzying confusion. How these two I’ve seen and heard so many times could produce an array of sounds so diverse and surprising is beyond my humble ears. And I’ve heard some things in my day. We were recently treated to the full-spectrum experience one night in Los Angeles: electronic soundscape meets very respectful krautrock turns all-out, churning analog techno filth.
I can also say that you, dear reader, owe it to yourself to go listen to their album and go see their live show, and I don’t say that about many acts. We can begin, for now, by reading more…
This month saw the release of the idiosyncratic new album, Whorl, from the genius minds of Simian Mobile Disco — stripping back their usual arsenal of analog equipment and using only 2 modular synths, two sequencers, and a mixer to record over an hour of expansive and atmospheric electronica live in the California desert.
Following up the innovative album’s release, James and Jas of SMD have taken Whorl on the road, hitting nine dates in North America in September along with a string of European dates running into December. This week, the guys come through Los Angeles for their anticipated live performance at the El Rey Theatre, and in advance of Thursday’s show, the pioneering duo have given us a signed vinyl copy of Whorl along with a pair of tickets to the LA show.
Enter to win through Punchtab below, and if you haven’t already, make sure to listen to the incredible new album in full w/ visuals on YouTube.
• ODESZA announces new album, In Return, out September 9th on Counter Records
• Crosstown Rebels Announce Day Zero 2015 – Watch Day Zero Rebel Rave Film
• Watch the video for Simian Mobile Disco‘s ‘Tangents’
• BBC to produce Daft Punk documentary
• OVERWERK Makes US Tour Debut and Releases “Exist”
• Watch a Brief New Documentary on the Recording of Simian Mobile Disco‘s ‘Whorl’ LP
• Stream the new track from Simian Mobile Disco
• Sound Pellegrino ready club-focused compilation; stream Rabit’s brutal ‘Thug Rotorvator’
• Download a New Mix from Matias Aguayo
• Marcel Dettmann to mix Fabric 77
• Flume Announces Worldwide Tour & Releases 2xLP Deluxe Edition Vinyl; Shares New Video For “Space Cadet Feat. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut”
• Simian Mobile Disco to Record New Album WhorlLive in Pioneertown
• Maceo Plex, Dixon, Maya Jane Coles and More Headline DJ-Focused APEX Tour
• Download Motions‘ Synth-Soaked Remix of Samo Sound Boy
• Listen to James Blake’s Harmonimix of Kendrick Lamar’s “m.A.A.d City”
• Ukranian Producer Vakula Blogs Kiev Unrest On Facebook
• Watch a New Video from Julio Bashmore
• Simian Mobile Disco Teams with Roman Flügel on New 12″
• Listen to Simian Mobile Disco‘s New “Snake Bile Wine” Single
• Four Tet and Terror Danjah to release collaborative single ‘Killer’ / ‘Nasty’
• Scuba to tour North America
• Motor City Drum Ensemble and Marcus Worgoll Ready Collaborative LP for Kompakt as Vermont
• Simian Mobile Disco Readies New EP
• tINI, Crosstown Rebels and Hot Natured take home DJ Awards
• Watch: Flume makes a track with a lighter, robots, a tin can and more
• Soul Clap revisit Nice ‘N’ Ripe
• Rusko signs with Skrillex
• Simian Mobile Disco and Bicep release “Sacrifice” video
• Moodyman releases mini-album, ABCD
• Todd Edwards, Modeselektor, and More to Feature on Sound Pellegrino Compilation