The dance duo ditch their computers and head for new beat-less territory with the bare minimum in tow
Ditching their computers, Simian Mobile Disco recorded live(ish) in the Californian desert using two modular synths, two sequencers and a mixer. The result is akin to a live album from beard, never-quite-redeemed German synth pioneers Tangerine Dream, full of stately melodies and warm electronic moods, albeit with the occasional added dose of 2014 dancefloor nous. It sounds great, then, with the squishy electronics of ‘Dandelion Spheres’, an early beat-less highlight. But to get away with this kind of electronic simplicity, you really have to have either a hatful of musical ideas or an exquisite grasp on melody (like Chicago house legend Mr Fingers, for example). On this evidence, SMD aren’t quite there and the result is, sadly, a bit boring.