Simian Mobile Disco

James Ford and Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco, the most vaunted British DJ extraordinaire this side of the Chemical Brothers, made it their mission to bring house music to the masses, beyond the constrained rave scene and European discothèques. SMD’s sophomore album, Temporary Pleasure, is all about the hooks – inescapable melodies that we can all get down to. Tracks like “Synthesise” still epitomize the house genre, with its hollow vocals, skittering synth and thump thump thump basslines, but Temporary Pleasure’s broader appeal lies in its impressive array of guest stars. The current single, “Audacity of Huge,” is a fierce, pop-culture-loving, name-dropping smash of a song, featuring sharp vocals from Brooklyn’s Chris Keating (“I got that Bob Fosse/ I got that Joey Ramone/ A bag of Bill Murray/ Damien Hirst telephone.”) But the album’s biggest success has to be the disco-driven “Cruel Intentions” – it’s polished, it’s foxy, and it makes guest vocalist Beth Ditto sound better than usual. With JDH, dave p and Colby b. E. THOMPSON

Mon., Nov. 30, 8 p.m., 2009

 
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