The first time I heard Mount Kimbie‘s LP Crooks and Lovers back in 2010 (when it was released), I was trying to get to Baltimore, but instead I got lost somewhere in DC. I listened to the album probably four or five times in a row while wandering around trying to get back out of the city that night. You know something is good when you can do that without thinking twice about it. That album holds a special place in my catalog, that place where you might share a track or two with certain friends but not with too many people. Mostly because even if they like it, they wont have the same feelings about it as you do, and you feel like it’s yours and you don’t want to share.
That’s why this post is kinda hard, but given that the album is streaming now on NPR’s first listen program I might as well put it out there. This album is good, really good. I wasn’t sure after the first single “Made to Stray” was released but listening to it now in the context of the album its one of my favorite tracks. The track is actually a good example of Mount Kimbie‘s previous sound: complex drum rhythms, accompanied by cold tones and melodies often building into more catchy, danceable vibes by the end.
Cold Spring Fault Less Youth has some of the same dark and hollow sounding qualities as their earlier material and it also expands into other realms. At times it sounds more like a live band building acid jazz-esque tracks and using full vocals from King Krule, where in the past they would mostly just use vocal samples and deep, heavy, drum machine beats. Supposedly this change arose from them wanting to have a more real instrument sounding album that would translate to live shows better than their previous work did. Ultimately this variation makes for a very fresh and enjoyable listen, that while different, retains the feel of previous work. Even if they do change it up a bit, this UK duo of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos still prove they can make another album that is worth listening to again and again.
Check out a couple of videos and tour dates and get some tracks below.
Mount Kimbie – Carbonated (Live Daytrotter Version) Click on for download
Mount Kimbie – You Took Your Time feat. King Krule
Mount Kimbie RA.216 Mix
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