Ford and Shaw dig through their record collection for the latest FabricLive mix.
James Ford and Jas Shaw broke off from indie band Simian to form Simian Mobile Disco back in 2005. “Jas and I had already started DJing while we were in the band," explains Ford. "We started out playing really eclectic sets, because it was more what we wanted to hear – we’d play stuff like Sun Ra, Raymond Scott, really all over the shop. But we really, really enjoyed it, and that was the main thing. Then when the band split up, we sort of carried on DJing."
The pair's new collaboration also continued in the studio leading to catchy acid thumper 'Hustler' (2006), last year's full lengther Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release as well as a new live show. As DJs, Bugged Out! even invited them to do a mix for their rated Suck My Deck series.
Despite associations with some of indie-electro's biggest names (Justice famously remixed Simian's 'We are your Friends' while Ford produced the Klaxons album) on FabricLive41 SMD leave behind their nu-rave mates, and instead mine ambient, nu-disco, electrohouse, techno and even minimal territory.
“With a lot of mix CDs, you do them and you know it’s just going to go out and do its thing, but we always think a Fabric mix is something that sticks around a lot longer. We weren’t aiming to make it the most current mix of tunes; of course there will be a few new things but a lot of it is us digging back into our record collections, just the stuff that people may have forgotten about, or that went overlooked, ” says the pair of the selection.
FabricLive41 includes classics such as Plastikman's 'Spastik' and Green Velvet's 'Flash' alongside nu-disco darlings Hercules & Love Affair and Discodeine as well as new kids Popof and Deadmau5. Aforementioned experimental composer Raymond Scott even gets a look in.
01 Tomita - The Firebird – Infernal Dance Of King Kastechi [Clean Version] – SonyBMG
02 Sisters Of Transistors – The Don – This Is Music
03 Simian Mobile Disco – Simple - Wichita
04 Hercules And Love Affair – Blind [Serge Santiago Version] – EMI
05 Smith N Hack – Space Warrior – Errorsmith and Soundhack
06 Discodeine – Joystick – Dirty
07 Shit Robot – Chasm – DFA
08 Perc & Fractal – Up Tool – Kompakt
09 Metro Area – Miura – Environ
10 Worthy – Crack EI – Leftroom
11 Moon Dog – Suite Equestria – Roof
12 Fine Cut Bodies – Huncut Hacuka – Chi Recordings
13 Bentobox vs Chordian – Aemono - Imprimé
14 Jelo & DeadMau5 – The Reward Is Cheese – Rising Trax
15 Simian Mobile Disco - Sleep Deprivation [Simon Baker Remix] – Wichita
16 Popof – The Chomper [LSD Version]– Turbo Recordings
17 Raymond Scott – Cindy Electronium – Basta
18 Paul Woolford Presents Bobby Peru – Erotic Discourse – 2020 Vision
19 Moebius Plank Neumeier – Pitch Control – Sky Records
20 Plastikman – Spastik – Mute
21 Green Velvet – Flash – Relief Records
22 The Walker Brothers – Nite Flights [Album Version] – SonyBMG
'FabricLive41'arrives in the US on September 16, 2008 and everywhere else on August 4, 2008>