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Crooks & Lovers (10th Anniversary Expanded Edition)

    Dom and Kai met whilst at Southbank University, pushed together in a student halls that was previously a mental asylum – where the ceilings were still ridiculously high to stop patients hanging themselves: “a cold, joyless, concrete building – the sort of building where you’d drop a pen and the sound would just go on and on in an echo.”

    Armed with found sound snips and a siege mentality, on Crooks & Lovers Kai and Dom set about turning London’s ambience into rhythm, its chaos into coherence. Traces of influence remained – the hard-earned spaces of Burial and The Bug vie with the berserk melodrama of Xiu Xiu and Grouper’s sad-eyed glow, D’Angelo’s pervert soul was cleansed in the intimacy of Phil Elvrum’s Microphones, Angelo Badalamenti’s swollen ‘Twin Peaks’ atmospheres found a cradle in Madlib’s lax lope. Sceneless and untethered from etiquette and genre codes, "Crooks & Lovers" floats through dubstep and hip-hop, jazz, techno and ambient, post-rock, UK garage and film scores to startling effect.

    On this special vinyl edition, the first ever Mount Kimbie transmission, the Maybes EP, is included. Originally released on Hotflush in February 2009 and out of print on vinyl for many years, it’s a crucial snapshot of the band developing their sound.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Tunnelvision
    A2. Would Know
    A3. Before I Move Off
    B1. Blind Night Errand
    B2. Adriatic
    B3 Carbonated
    C1 Ruby
    C2 Ode To Bear
    C3 Field
    D1 Mayor
    D2 Between Time
    E1 Maybes
    E2 William
    F1 Vertical
    F2 Taps

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    WXAXRXP Session

      Volume.... seven I think we're up to know in this thorough and expansive Warp 'TX' series - made up of sessions old and new from a plethora of Warp's flagship acts.

      Another newer addition to the ranks, Mount Kimbe records a brand new session for the label comprised of four tracks: "You Look Certain", "Delta", "Marilyn" featuring Micachi and "Made To Stray".

      A far cry from Dominic Maker and Kai Campos's dubstep-indebted beginnings, "You Look Certain" and "Delta" contain technicoloured, spiraling, almost psychedelic leads - buzzsaw synths, purring organs and motorik drums propelling the tracks forward at a rate of knots.

      "Marilyn", one of the duo's biggest tracks, is re-done achieving new levels of intimacy through a slightly stripped back and live sounding arrangement. Finally "Made To Stray" from 2013's "Cold Spring Fault Less Youth" closes off the EP with one of their more introspective, yet vastly gigantium pieces. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Martin says: Some of my favourite Mount Kimbe tunes all reproduced on this vital Warp session. These alternative takes are just as good as the originals making this set an imperative release for fans of this unique act.

      TRACK LISTING

      01. You Look Certain (I’m Not So Sure) (feat. Andrea Balency)
      02. Delta
      03. Marilyn (feat. Micachu)
      04. Made To Stray

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      Love What Survives - Remixes Part 2

        The second Mount Kimbie remix package and Warp have enlisted another celebrity selection of producers to work with tracks from "Love What Survives".

        The second 12” features two takes on album opener "Four Years and One Day". The first is a slow burning techno throbber from Marcel Dettmann, complete with concentric kick patterns and that Blade Runner growl and metallic flux that he's made his trademark over many years, hundreds of productions and literally days and nights behind turntables. Climaxing in a catastrophic explosion of iron girders and phosphorous explosions it pairs perfectly the visceral punk attitude of Mount Kimbie with the relentless anarco-techno ethos of the Berlin techno scene.

        German house maverick Gerd Janson is enjoying an extended period in the spotlight at the moment, and rightly so, effortlessly conjuring an accomplished remix of "Four Years..." with a driving, fashionably close to EBM kinda sound that'll still work in the purist of house sets. Beautifully decorated with a tantalizing 303 line and angelic pad sequences and arranged with maximum elevation in mind, this is one track you're bound to be hearing on the big stages this Summer.

        Finally, if you needed any more convincing, "T.A.M.E.D" gets drawn out into a mid-session techno romp by another German legend: Ellen Alien. Taking up the entirety of side B this is perfectly for those looong warehouse sessions when you need to give the lightning engineer summat to do while you enjoy watching the dancefloor slowly catch fire. Just the right side of proggy (read: druggy) and with mind melting, time shift vox flowing in the recesses of the mix, this is an impressive display of a producer with complete control of large, uninhibited crowds. Once the dancefloor hive mind gets locked onto this one anything's possible. 


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Stupendously strong remix package this folks, one of the best I've seen for some time. Often high budget / max hype remix campaigns seriously disappoint but not this one; across both twelves there's been some really killer moments. Fully approved!

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Four Years And One Day (Marcel Dettmann Remix)
        A2. Four Years And One Day (Gerd Janson Remix)
        B1. T.A.M.E.D (Ellen Allien U.F.O RMX)

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        Love What Survives - Remixes Part 1

          Mount Kimbie return with a package of remixes from their critically lauded recent album "Love What Survives". Split over two 12”s, released on consecutive weeks, the bundle explores differing dancefloor twists on the album’s driving, visceral post-punk sound.

          First up, Nina Kraviz mutates album favourite "Blue Train Lines" into an extended techno trip, with snippets of King Krule’s vocals circling the maelstrom while a piercing train tone roars through the mix. Ridiculously techy and playful, yet deep as hell and really quite advanced, it finds one of the world's favourite DJs in absolutely breathtaking form in the studio; more than matching her Berlin and global techno peers across a full remix and two extended tools (which are actually quite realized full tracks in their own right if you ask me). Great stuff. 


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Feelin' this one folks... One for the Sonar crowd, a delightfully long, stadium busting slayer from Nina.

          From Mount Kimbie:

          “We're both excited to announce that our new album, 'Love What Survives' will be released on the 8th of September on Warp Records. It's been a fascinating process that has changed us as a band and we're feeling great about how it's come together. Can't wait to share our third album with you”

          “Love What Survives” is the long awaited third studio album from Mount Kimbie. It’s the most confident statement of intent from the boundary-pushing duo yet, and an embodiment of their career-long musical progression.

          ‘Blue Train Lines’ demonstrates the progression and evolutionary journey the band have embarked on since the release of 2013’s “Cold Spring Fault Less Youth”. The track centres on a motorik rhythm section, heightened and enhanced by long-time collaborator and friend King Krule’s jagged vocal bursts and pulsing synths.

          The album is the product of three years of intense creative development, continually honed by the duo writing and rewriting their ideas to form something wholly idiosyncratic and personal. It brings together the voices of their close friends and collaborators - who together represent a corner of the UK’s young artistic talent - James Blake, Micachu and King Krule, within the immersive, unique atmosphere of a Mount Kimbie album.

          The record’s expansive nature is indebted to the fact it was made between London where Kai Campos resides and Los Angeles where Dom Maker moved in 2016. The duo would travel back and forth to work together, cultivating ideas in intensive sessions. For Maker, putting down roots in a foreign city with its cultural differences and geographical vastness was alienating at first but it gave fresh perspective and inspiration.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: On Mount Kimbie's first full-length outing since 2013's 'Cold Spring Fault Less Youth', we get their most raw and uncompromising outing yet. A Semblance of the gritty, energetic UKG aesthetic seeping into the fractured beats and subby kick, while electronic glimmers and low-fi punk influences from across the pond are smoothly and euphorically juxtaposed into audio gold by these talented producers.

          TRACK LISTING

          01. Four Years And One Day
          02. Blue Train Lines (feat. King Krule)
          03. Audition
          04. Marilyn (feat. Micachu)
          05. SP12 Beat
          06. You Look Certain (I’m Not So Sure) (feat. Andrea Balency)
          07. Poison
          08. We Go Home Together (feat. James Blake)
          09. Delta
          10. T.A.M.E.D
          11. How We Got By (feat. James Blake)

          Mount Kimbie

          Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

            The incredible second album from pioneering electronic duo Mount Kimbie, and their first for Warp. Follows 2010's 'Crooks and Lovers' with a broader, deeper sonic palette and a more live sound.

            The South London duo, comprised of Dom Maker and Kai Campos, have created a deeper and more complex album than their 2010 debut ‘Crooks And Lovers’, featuring vocals from both the band themselves and guest vocals from King Krule, alongside crisp beats and production, brooding melodies and electronic soundscapes. 'Cold Spring' places live instrumentation alongside the electronics, with organ and drums enriching the sonic mulch. What's more, there are vocals, too, enabling a step into a newly emotional approach.

            For fans of Burial, Gold Panda, SBTRKT, Thom Yorke, Bonobo, James Blake, Caribou, The xx, Kindness etc.



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