Mount Kimbie released one of my very favorite little EPs in 2009 titled Maybes. Sketching an indelible glimpse of truly post-dubstep sounds – embodying not just the unceasing clatter of the streets but the tactile pulse of pensive moments at home in the morning kitchen, the bedroom or bath – no one else spun remotely into their orbit for a long time; not even their follow up effort. Then came the full length debut…
Crooks & Lovers. It sounds like nothing you’d expect. Instead of thriving in the miniature-ambient dubstep realm they created, duo Dominic Maker and Kai Campos sidestep the opportunity to bask in a certain glow. Gripping their sound ever more tightly, these 35 minutes stake out some truly virgin territory on the beat continent. All the domestic intimacy of their prior work is amplified while they throw open the windows and breathe in a wider spectrum of textures and feeling. Every tool in the kitchen has been employed in an assuredly minimal manner, each piece clicking into place with the draw of a magnet, a knife in its sheath. After several listens what seems to stand out most to me is how tactile the album is. There’s enough space and silence in here that the sharpness of contrast between the individual elements really snaps in an overtly physical way. There’s a sense of gravity and heft to these beats. Imagine the deaf hearing for the first time, the immense clarity of glass breaking or water droplets; how even a handshake cracks like thunder. Mount Kimbie renders each moment in a high definition embrace. Close listening is naturally rewarded with exponential returns.
At proper volume, an acute idea of synesthesia forms along with the standing hairs on my neck. Every millisecond of this thoroughly electronic sound hums like a rough brush on my thumbs, clicks like teeth on my lips, and claps with the force of a pair of hands over my ears. It’s an unending flow of warm and inviting colors filtering the entire band of visible light. It smells like home. This is what makes Crooks & Lovers truly stand apart.
If you’re remotely familiar with beat-centric music today, give Mount Kimbie a try. If you’re interested, simply buy this album now. Seriously.Tracklist: 01. Tunnelvision 02. Would Know 03. Before I Move Off 04. Blind Night Errand 05. Adriatic 06. Carbonated 07. Ruby 08. Ode To Bear 09. Field 10. Mayor 11. Between Time
[ps buy Maybes too]