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Mount Kimbie gigs!

May 17, 2010 by  

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Mount Kimbie gigs!

Adding a percussive and experimental edge to the current class of post-dubstep pioneers, Mount Kimbie – made up of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos – are set to release their much anticipated debut album ‘Crooks & Lovers’ on Scuba’s label, Hotflush in July.

Mount Kimbie’s first two EPs – ‘Maybes’ and ‘Sketch On Glass’ – seemed like explorations of spaces so private that all within earshot were turned instantly into voyeurs. The experience was less like listening to music and more like eavesdropping on the machinations of a lone mind – albeit a lone mind surrounded by and retreating from millions of other minds.

Difficult to categorise, the lush EPs caused a commotion when released last year with ‘Sketch On Glass’ recently undergoing reworks from the likes of Falty DL, SCB (the darker techno alias of Scuba), and their sometime collaborator James Blake. With their own remixes (Foals and The xx) becoming hot property on the blogosphere, Mount Kimbie have been a core part of the growing electronic music scene in London so often associated with labels like Hyperdub & Hemlock.

Dom & Kai met whilst at Southbank University, pushed together in student halls which used to be an old mental asylum – the ceilings were still ridiculously high to stop patients hanging themselves: “a cold, joyless, concrete building – the sort of building where you’d drop a pen and the sound would just go on and on in an echo.”

Armed with found sound snips and a siege mentality, Kai and Dom set about turning London’s ambience into rhythm, its chaos into coherence. Traces of influence remain – the hard-earned spaces of Burial and The Bug vie with the berserk melodrama of Xiu Xiu and Grouper’s sad-eyed glow, D’Angelo’s pervert soul gets cleansed in the intimacy of Phil Elvrum’s Microphones, Angelo Badalamenti’s swollen ‘Twin Peaks’ atmospheres find a cradle in Madlib’s lax lope.

The band’s sound and response to the dubstep moment is very much their own. Sceneless and untethered from etiquette and genre codes, Crooks & Lovers floats through dubstep and hip-hop, jazz, techno and ambient, post-rock, UK garage and film scores to startling effect.

Mount Kimbie – who play as a live band – have announced a string of UK festivals & shows for the summer.

14th May – Great Escape Festival, Brighton
21st May – Stag & Dagger Festival, London
May 22nd – Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds
May 28th – Plan B, London
June 4th – Wigflex, Nottingham
June 12th – Heavyweight, Newcastle
June 16th – Heaven, London w/ Caribou
July 16th – Glade Festival
July 31st – Field Day Festival, London
September 10th – Bestival, Isle of Wight



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