November 29, 2010
Album Review: Simian Mobile Disco, 'Delicacies' (Delicacies)
A shining techno comeback
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7 / 10
If last year’s ‘Temporary Pleasure’ LP sounded suspiciously like James Shaw and James Ford phoning in guest-strewn rent-paying attempted chart humpers, ‘Delicacies’ just about ’fesses up to the whole sorry mess. Binning commercial concerns to instead boot us headlong into a dark, dirty techno dive, the duo regain stride, collating eight choice bangers from the nosh-themed 12-inch series they’ve issued over the past year on their own imprint. Whipping up a surplus of creeping, insistent sophistication – climaxing with ping-ponging head-wrecker ‘Aspic’ – you can once again envisage techno overlords such as Sven Väth dropping SMD, rather than daytime radio DJs.
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