Simian Mobile Disco - Unpatterns

Missing those guest vocalists?
Simian Mobile Disco - Unpatterns
Simian Mobile Disco’s last studio record, 2009’s ‘Temporary Pleasure’, utilised a range of guest vocalists, from Gruff Rhys to Beth Ditto. It’s a tactic they could have done with repeating on ‘Unpatterns’, an album which is crying out for that kind of variation to hold your attention. The hallmarks of Simian Mobile Disco are present - huge beats and house loops take centre-stage - but many of the tracks just feel like they’re missing a vital component. When vocals are featured, they resemble samples from late 20th Century PlayStation music generation games. The individual components sound fantastic, but high audio quality does not a good record make.

6/10

Words by Joe Rivers

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