Back in April the British EDM act Simian Mobile Disco performed under the desert night sky out in the always awesome and inspiring Pioneertown, California... Performing with only one sequencer and a modular synthesizer each, they recorded that night's live set... That performance along with the pure beauty and amazement of the otherworldly surroundings of the California desert made for an incredible combined experience.
Fast forward to September and the release of the live/studio Lp 'Whorl' (the result of the desert recording and some studio love) was not to disappoint in any way. Pure absorption space travel retro techno... September 25th saw SMD perform the new Lp as the 7th night of their 2014 Whorl U.S. tour at the L.A venue, The El Rey. Supported by Goddollars (funky good times disco house) and the seriously abstract, engrossing and strange M. Geddes Gengra (a perfect pre-SMD mood setter). Strike 11pm and SMD take to the stage whilst a tightly packed dance floor got ready to shake as one...
Each track performed from the new Lp 'Whorl' was given a differing live interpretation. Most all working immaculately. The more ambient and sparse tracks not so much, seemingly becoming lost in the demands of a beat hungry crowd. Tracks like 'Calyx' , 'Dervish' & 'Tangents' are destined to become real crowd favourites for a longtime to come...
Halfway into the night SMD really seemed to ease into things and let loose with a couple of 'real bangers'. With the crowd showing ultimate approval by dancing hard and bouncing back a unifying amount of 'dancefloor' energy, the night was feeling special! All too soon (ain't it always) the short encore was winding down and ending with classic SMD set closer 'Sleep Deprivation'. A huge track for SMD and the crowd! Stepping out from behind their rigs, SMD's Jas & James gave thanks to the crowd and we, whilst happy and satisfied were already looking forward to the next chance to see SMD do what they do so well... play live again. Truly an act everyone should experience live.
Peace & Love. TheTallSi
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