As one half of Simian Mobile Disco, Jas Shaw has been co-creator of a remarkable string of varied albums, from their debut, Attack Decay Sustain Release, through their vocal lead more pop leanings on Temporary Pleasure, uncompromising techno on Delicacies, and prog synth wig outs on Whorl.
Now, given a bit of free time while his musical other half, James Ford, has been off producing for other bands, Jas has been busy crafting a whole slew of new material, the first fruits of which see the light of day on this brand new release on the duo’s own Delicacies label.
Stylistically closest to SMD’s Unpattern’s era, the EP kicks of with the title track “Love Doubled”. Full of skittering percussion clamped to propulsive backbone of a kick, the shimmering and clanking melodies and booming bass has nods to likes of Pantha Du Prince and Roman Fluegel.
On the B side, “It’s Not The Clock That Tells The Time” nervous little patterns of stabs ease their way into the listeners consciousness before being joined at the halfway point by another low end bass riff. “To Mock A Killing Bird” takes a slightly more sedate route, more suited to early morning comedowns than dancefloors, with a shimmering ambient opening, reminiscent of the deeper Whorl cuts, before crunchy drum loops emerge to build structure.
Published: 8th October 2015