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Mount Kimbie – Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

Mollie Carberry

Triangle

British electronic duo Mount Kimbie consists of Kai Campos and Dom Maker, who formed way back in 2008. After the success of their 2010-released debut album Crooks and Lovers, which made them spearheads in the breakaway genre ‘post-dubstep’, they are due to release their much-anticipated second album this month.

Cold Spring Faultless Youth will be released on 28Records, and is an obvious experimental step forward compared with their debut album. It seems apparent that after a smattering of EP releases and the experience of playing live gigs in between albums, Mount Kimbie are finding their feet, and arguably pioneering their own unique genre.

Opening track Home Recording’s brass introduction is instantly compelling, and the track grows into a heady cloud of syncopated beats and distorting rhythms, with Campos’ smooth vocals highly reminiscent of James Blake. Two of the strongest tracks on the album feature the effortlessly endearing vocals of King Krule. One of these collaborations, You Took Your Time, blends King Krule’s flowing tones what is at first ambient and mellow hip-hop, which then twists and transforms into something more urgent.

Another gem is Blood and Form; infectious, imaginative and perhaps a potential future single. It showcases Campos’ unique vocals beautifully whilst creating a hypnotic trance with its repetitive beat.

Cold Spring Faultless Youth is a vast improvement on the duo’s previous work; their debut album seemed to be clutching at other artist’s influences, and yet desperate to be different. It seemed so much effort was put into its attempt to be unique that it had a tendency to become repetitive and dull.

Yet this album exudes self-confidence; Mount Kimbie have obviously embraced their own creativity and created 11 little works of art which are a fusion of numerous genres and influences, and yet something new entirely. This album is wonderfully challenging and non-classifiable.

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