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Simian Mobile Disco


Fifth studio album of house, technno and nu-disco from Londoners James Ford and Jas Shaw working with The Deep Throat Choir

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  1. 10.0 |   The Observer

    Hypnotic genius takes flight
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  2. 8.0 |   NME

    It sounds more suited to a late-night, post-club chillout session or even music to fall asleep to than the dark and fuzzy basement parties their earlier records soundtracked
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    Murmurations is a standout moment for Deep Throat Choir, while in the Simian Mobile Disco canon it sits as an interesting and pleasant experience but, ultimately, a sideline in their discography
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  4. 8.0 |   music OMH

    An intriguing and powerful release, Simian Mobile Disco prove with Murmurations that they are still as vital as ever
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  5. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    An energised exploration of the power of both the human voice and electronic music
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  6. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The Deep Throat Choir are a human heart at the centre of an, at times, utterly beguiling collection
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  7. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The search for new ideas is always on, and with this one, they’ve found a winner that offers something a bit different, while not alienating
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  8. 7.6 |   Resident Advisor

    Shaw and Ford have never shied away from experimentation and risk. Murmurations is as rewarding for the listener as it must've been for the artists
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  9. 7.5 |   Pitchfork

    Murmurations represents a breakthrough. It’s thrilling to imagine where Simian Mobile Disco might go next; here’s hoping they get the chance
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  10. 6.1 |   Earbuddy

    Murmurations is pretty for sure. But without The Deep Throat Choir, it might not even be worth murmuring about
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  11. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    An album that blends choral and electronic to create something that amounts to little more than unobtrusive background music. It lacks both the cultural depth of world music and the dynamic disco beats of their earlier offerings
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  12. 6.0 |   The Independent

    With thudding techno propulsions throughout, Murmurations is as much an invitation to the dancefloor as it is to get lost in its various textures
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  13. 6.0 |   Q

    Too often, tracks such as We Go and Defender merely taxi along the dancefloor runway rather than take off and soar. Print edition only

  14. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Could sometimes benefit from a shift in pace from its often locked-in, mid-tempo state. Print edition only

  15. 5.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Murmurations feels like it’s barely scratched the surface of what they’re capable of together
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  16. 4.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The problem with Murmurations is that a concept that works well for seven minutes is stretched out to a whole album’s length and rapidly outstays its welcome
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