Mount Kimbie have been a staple name in the realm of forward-thinking electronic music for some time. They are involuntary mascots of a period where dance music became far more of a craft and true instrumentation and dynamic composition came to the forefront. On their latest offering through Warp, the stunning ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’ they became indisputable assets to the label’s reputation for plucking out the more enduring artists in the world of electronic music. But, more importantly, they made an LP that fully realised their off-kilter sonic standpoint and elevated them in to the Lotus-like realms of the Warp upper-echelon making them a British duo that had earned their stripes in many fields. This sold out show at Gorilla was in support of ‘Cold Spring...’ but it seemed more a celebration of the Mount Kimbie experience. An experience that is now refined, exciting and gloriously creative.
Opening with ‘Carbonated’ from 2010’s ‘Crooks & Lovers’ LP, the Londoners instantly proved that their multi-layered and heavily instrumental sound would not weaken on the live stage. The cold, vacant beats and the ambient melodies rested on one another in perfect timing. Their focus as musicians is second to none. Cuts from the new record like the eerie ‘So Many Times, So Many Ways’ and ‘Blood Form’ showcased a musicianship and even a vocal ability that ensured the sound that sucks people in on record was in capable and superbly talented hands. When the pre-encore segment starts wrapping up and the irresistible rustling beats of ‘Made To Stray’ ripple through the crowd, the Mount Kimbie fever is hard to deny. This is by no means a conventional dance single but people bounce, sway and shake a leg in a way that makes it look like they’ve finally found what they’ve been looking for. This track is the epitome of what Mount Kimbie can bring to the landscape of British music. An intelligent angle on what people know as dance music paired with an ear for a melody and a genuine musical skill.
When they come on and play ‘Mayor’ for an encore and really let loose, there is feeling of victory in the air. It makes you wonder how Mount Kimbie would attack a film score, makes you wonder how Mount Kimbie would produce the next Earl Sweatshirt LP or how Mount Kimbie could make a pop single for Kylie. The possibilities are endless and thrilling at every turn. For now, we can be safe in the knowledge that Warp records has a reputation more in tact than ever and the UK’s obsession with the electronic domain will continue to move forward apace.
Words: Duncan Harrison