After their 2013 critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’, Mount Kimbie spent a few years creating a new sound for this new album and found inspiration in a famous German drum pattern called motorik.
Kimbie wanted to initially make an album with one drum pattern yet there are tracks that deviate away from it to give the listeners ears a break. Their post-dubstep sound and electronic synth-led style has been transplanted to post-punk infused electronica that tips its hat at acts like Joy Division and Ultravox while remaining contemporary and innovative.
With five features spread throughout 11 tracks, King Krule is back to deliver his best work with Mount Kimbie yet, sounding like a pissed off Pete Doherty on the fast paced and melancholic ‘Blue Train Lines’. James Blake takes two tracks on the album with the haunting gospel influenced ‘We Go Home Together’ and closes out the album with jazzy piano led ‘How We Got By’ where you hear the pain in his delivery of lines like “When I get it wrong, I really get it wrong”.
Their collaboration with Micachu stands out on the album with the fluttery and ethereal ‘Marilyn’. A slow driving beat with whispers of singing that skip over the track.
This is a brilliant return from Mount Kimbie who have managed to reinvent their sound while staying true to themselves.
Mount Kimbie will perform live at Metropolis Festival, Dublin this October Bank Holiday. Click here for more.