The Electronic Dance Music revolution is brought to you by the ease of music consumption and the speed of production in the last decade. But now that the proliferation of electronic music production has exposed just how fickle some electronic artists’ music is, it's become that much easier to dismiss EDM as a self-imploding fad. In the beginning, there were less people producing, so the formula was: find a genre and pass it off as that genre’s Daft Punk—this is why the dance music landscape has become more crowded than a hillbilly's family photo.
But London duo Simian Mobile Disco have been producing since 2005 and are still riding the EDM wave with grace, which is remarkable. That’s because SMD is dance music for people who think they don’t like dance music. It’s like the one guy who brings pot to a bible conference, the one act that may change your perception of the whole thing. SMD's orbiting melodies sound full, but not busy, while a kick drum's pulse polishes the beat arcs to a shimmer. If the EDM wave were to break right now—and it won’t anytime soon—SMD will stand as one of its high-water marks.
Catch Simian Mobile Disco with JDH and Dave P (Fixed NYC) tonight at Neumo's (925 E. Pike) / $18.50 ADV / Doors at 8:00 p.m. / 21+