Jas Shaw

Exquisite Cops

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In early 2018, Jas Shaw, one half of electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco was diagnosed with a rare health condition – AL amyloidosis – a disorder of bone marrow cells. Having just completed SMD’s 7th studio album, "Murmurations", and with a special show at the Barbican with the Deep Throat Choir scheduled for April and the album due out in May, things were thrown into confusion. At the time, no one, including Shaw, knew how the treatment and
prognosis would pan out. Jas had to start chemotherapy treatment almost immediately, which meant cancelling
SMD’s live touring. The duo decided to go ahead with the Barbican show in spite of Shaw’s illness, which was
especially poignant as all involved knew it could potentially be SMD’s last ever live performance – in the end it turned
out to be a tour-de-force. If this was SMD’s swansong, so be it.
In the year that followed, Jas spent the months receiving weekly chemotherapy treatment, learning to live with his
condition, and when he felt well enough, spending hours in his studio making music.

The result of this was twofold, firstly a collaborative album with Derwin Dicker (Gold Panda) in Nov 2018. Secondly, a steadily growing archive of solo work, which are being released steadily since April. Entitled “The Exquisite Cops”, this 20+ track growing body of work is seeing the light of​ day via SMD’s own Delicacies label – with a 2-track single released every fortnight now this limited edition double LP.
A1. Non-Caring Fabulousness
A2. Merely Bathing
B1. Lecturing Birds On How To Fly
B2. Freedom For The Pike
C1. Repeat Until There Is No More Other
C2. I Dream Of Meanie
D1. Popes Of Dischord
D2. A Bird With No Feet