Mount Kimbie are a duo that seamlessly entwine the analogue and the digital to create sounds that hop from minimal, skip to soul and jumps from post-dubstep in their LP recordings as well as live performances. Their debut Crooks and Lovers LP released on Hotfush Recordings last year received critical acclaim from Pitchfork and Vice. Moreover, they count one James Blake as a former member and also found themselves on the end of year album list for the BBC.
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The South London based pair are set to embark on a forthcoming UK tour and here are some of the dates below:
Thu 21-Apr-11 Stereo Glasgow UK
Fri 22-Apr-11 Bongo Club Edinburgh UK
Sat 23-Apr-11 Norwich Arts Centre Norwich UK
Sun 24-Apr-11 De Le Warr Pavilion (Small room) Bexhill-on-Sea UK
Tue 26-Apr-11 Audio Brighton UK
Wed 27-Apr-11 Thekla Bristol UK
Thu 28-Apr-11 Heaven London UK
Fri 29-Apr-11 Deaf Institute Manchester UK
The all important ticket link: http://www.artistticket.com/link/?s=Mount+Kimbie
If you ask the common man (or woman) “who is James Blake?” most would either answer “he’s an American Tennis player or p*** off . Yet, the 21 year old singer and producer from London has drawn great acclaim in his short career thus far in the underground realm and is being championed by Radio One’s Zane Lowe.
His 2009 remix of Untold’s Stop What You Are Doing with it’s crunching synth and rising chord climax revealed an unconventional sound far removed from any wobble laden pop makeovers.In Springtime he released the CMYK EP which had 90’s r&b samples embedded such as Kelis’ Caught Out There and Aaliyah’s Are You That Somebody on the title track.
The versatility of Mr Blake’s production and vocal dexterity is readily apparent on his latest Klavierwerke EP. Klavierwerke is German for piano works and this classically trained artiste uses the instrument as a focal point around sparse drum loop patterns and haunting echoes on “ I Only Know (What I Know Now)” On “Klavierwerke” Blake’s alternating vocal pitch layers over a beat reminiscent of a five ball metal pendulum. The synth led “Don’t You Think I Do” remains stagnant amidst the vocal nevertheless it remains absorbing as the majority of his work is. Whilst, “Tell Her Safe” has a rolling clink reverberation which lacks the emotive encapsulation of the other songs on the EP and feels more like an album filler.
Blake’s songs build up in a measured but deliberate fashion and when that musical peak is reached you’re left intrigued as to what challenge awaits you next. The comparison with Burial would be easy to make as others have done. Yet, while the aforementioned producer was initially shrouded in anonymity James Blake is a personality not afraid of expressing or experimenting to the wider world his inner most feelings.
The Klavierwerke EP is out now on R&S Records.