“Up to this point, Mount Kimbie have crafted intimate house party soundtracks or provided the score for a long bus ride home – but the first single from their forthcoming album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth is Mount Kimbie nudging their way toward the dancefloor, interested in filling space as much clearing room for it. Slathered in static and pulled forward by a military-esque beat … snapping into focus and adding soft bass thuds, echo-laden synth squiggles, and plaintive chords that stretch out in all directions. By the time the vocal comes in, you’re hooked.”
– Pitchfork (“Best New Track” for ‘Made To Stray’)
Since 2009, Dominic Maker and his partner in Mount Kimbie, Kai Campos, have played a central role in forging a new form for electronic music. Their influence stretches far beyond the tiny corner of the dance underground that birthed them. They have repeatedly confounded expectations, transforming themselves from bedroom-studio producers to creators of one of the most highly respected, and fully realized electronic album-length statements of recent years. With their sophomore effort, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, set for release via Warp on May 28th, the perception of Mount Kimbie looks set to expand again.
Recorded in their South London studio, the record combines the electronic sensibilities of their first album Crooks and Lovers (Hot Flush, 2010), but sees Mount Kimbie moving into a larger space, both physically and sonically. Informed by live shows, including a late 2012 run of N. American dates with new label mate Squarepusher, Kimbie introduced more instruments to broaden their sound, including drums and horns, and have explored more work with vocals, both their own as well as guest vocalist King Krule, who appears on two tracks on the new album.
The duo have undoubtedly grown, they are more experienced, more mature, more self-aware. “Two years is a long time,” says Maker. “Tastes change, what you want out of your life changes, and so on. Naturally, how we want to sound has changed too.” Expanding from the confines of dance music, the resulting album feels looser, richer and more enveloping than the duo’s past work, yet still retains that Mount Kimbie sound.