Simian Mobile Disco announce new album ‘Welcome to Sideways’ out November 11th via Delicacies
For SMD’s last album, Whorl, Ford and Shaw took a defined conceptual approach – using a minimal set up consisting of only two modular synthesizers, two hardware sequencers and a mixer.
This new compilation of tracks frees the duo from that particular circumscribed setup. Welcome To Sideways represents the fruit of several months work at the beginning of 2016, after an extended break, for both James and Jas, from touring and producing together. When the two of them finally got back in the studio, they were unsure exactly what would result, but both wanted a return to making music for clubs, for them to play out – much like the first Delicacies compilation back in 2011. After working on nearly 20 tracks, they tested them out on the road, and released six tracks as singles during 2016, finally selecting the nine tracks that make up this release from both the singles and additional unreleased material, to form a cohesive set of music.
“We realise that from an outsider point of view, it can seem like we change quite radically with every album we do” said James “but from our point of view it always feels like a smooth transition.” The title, Welcome To Sideways, is a nod to that sentiment: yet again there is a change of pace. Jas commented“Hopefully people who have stuck with us this long, and appreciate the fact that we aren’t trying to repeat ourselves with every album, will enjoy another slight turn sideways.”
Also included on the release is “Welcome To Sideways (A Delicacies Mix)” – a single track, hour long DJ mix including tracks from the album, plus a few extra edits and loops from non-album material and remixes from the singles. As per the previous Delicacies album, James & Jas wanted to supply both the full length tracks for DJs, and a mixed version for headphones/car/home listening. The album is proceeded by two 12” singles – on the 20th of September, “Faraway From A Distance”, taken from the album, and backed with a remix by Lena Willikens on the B side. Then on the 21st October, non-album “Laughing In The Face Of Block” with a remix from Matrixxman on the flip.
Stream a new track from the album “Far Away From A Distance” here.