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Simian Mobile Disco: Delicacies

Gone are the misguided, commercialized efforts from Temporary Pleasure, instead replaced with nine minute, techno-centric odysseys. There are no vocals on this album, which should be a huge beacon of hope for long-time SMD fans -- especially after the flurry of random guest vocals on their last album. Delicacies finds the duo of James Ford and Jas Shaw getting back to their roots, making music that feels more lighthearted and effortless, free of label pressure to make something geared towards more widespread audiences.

What the critics are saying:

Some Kind of Awesome: All of the other songs on the album follow the same guideline of weird title combined with amazing song. It's a bit of a turnoff at first, but once looking past the odd delicacies that have been enjoyed (or not) by the British duo, every song offers something unique and flows very well from one to the next.

The Line of Best Fit: After a disappointing, gimmicky second album (Temporary Pleasure), this record might not be as instantly appealing as those first remixes and DJ sets, but it offers a more thought-out, clever side to Simian Mobile Disco.

NME: 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.

Pitchfork: That titular premise of Delicacies is by design: The intent was to produce songs that, like the bizarre foodstuffs they were named after, appeal only to a select few with adventurous palates. The main idea at play here seems to be the way they approach the buildup, the moment in dance music that crests to something approaching euphoria-- only in this case, they replace that high with something more evocative of anxiety and dread.

Delicacies is out now via Delicatessen.

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Michael Lopez