Across their career, Simian Mobile Disco have never shied away from collaborations with a variety of voices, whether that’s with Beth Ditto, Gruff Rhys, Alexis Taylor, Ninja from The Go! Team or Yeasayer’s Chris Keating. On their new album ‘Murmurations’ though, they’ve enlisted the help not just of individual vocalists but of a whole choir. Last year Hackney-based collective Deep Throat Choir released their own album ‘Be OK’, which was filled with a capella versions of tracks from the likes of Björk and Little Dragon, as well as a couple of original compositions, but how would they marry their voices with the pulsating electronic music of SMD?
If the album’s lead single ‘Caught In A Wave’ is anything to go by, the answer is effortlessly. The different forces that propel Simian Mobile Disco and Deep Throat Choir combine on the track to startling effect. The haunting choral waves of their voices swirl around the mix, lending an ethereal edge to the deep, bass-driven pulses that form the foundation for the track. Each element is given space to flourish, creating an intense and evocative interplay between the dancefloor-leaning beats and the Choir’s euphoric harmonies. It really does sweep the listener away.