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Mount Kimbie : Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

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London duo Mount Kimbie return on May 27 with their sophomore album (and first for the esteemed Warp Records label) Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, a record that makes some fairly notable adjustments to the blueprint drawn up on their 2010 debut Crooks & Lovers. Having lost out to James Blake in the race to become “post-dubstep”‘s first household names, Dominic Maker and Kai Campos have gone for broke in the experimental stakes, with advance single “Made To Stray” the only real concession to their club-friendly origins. Instead, the likes of “Blood And Form” (below) and “Lie Near” corral queasy synths, acoustic instruments, jazzy horns and lopsided machine rhythms into strangely hypnotic earworms, whilst “Slow” recalls Autechre’s more hip hop-influenced moments; elsewhere, Campos lends his soulful, Blake-ish vocals to a handful of tracks whilst up-and-comer King Krule adds his unique brand of urban blues to “You Took Your Time” and “Meter, Pale, Tone”. More “post-rock” than “post-dubstep”, then, but a bold move regardless, and one that yields plentiful rewards.

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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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