Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Permanent Pleasure


IN 1997 I went to Glastonbury, and headlining that year were the frankly awesome Chemical Brothers.
It was a blowout performance in front of the biggest crowd that the world-famous festival has ever seen - I would not be surprised if people at the back had their view partially obscured by the curveture of the Earth.
I had a good time that night.
But since those halcyon days it's felt like big beat has been on a slow decline - despite some stunning albums by the big hitters Prodigy, Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim in the interim, it's just not a chart-topping genre any more.
But now, once again it's time to go ape, thanks to Temporary Pleasure from Simian Mobile Disco - whose electronica most definitely has a touch of the big beats about it.
The duo of James Shaw and James Ford, with the help of a few friends - Yeasayer's Chris Keating, The Gossip's Beth Ditto, Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys and Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor to name but four - have upped their already-impressive game since their 2007 debut Attack Decay Sustain Release.
In fact the group may have trumped Basement Jaxx's impending Scars by being the dance album of the year.
It's already a permanent fixture on my mp3 player - so I'm pretty sure that Temporary Pleasure can hold out until December.

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