The production duo of Kai Campos and Dom Maker have carved out something very special, with their two 12” releases to date under the Mount Kimbie alias. Releasing on Scuba’s Hotflush imprint – a label somewhat affiliated with dubstep and all its mutating forms - their first EP of madcap textures at a hip hop tempo slowly rippled, grabbing more and more people with each fresh listen; infecting eardrums with a beautiful blend of atmospherics, treated vocals and the partnership’s simplistic choppy boom bap rhythms. Without coating everything in an overtly shimmering gloss - leaving the snare drums space to snapple, letting them sometimes seethe offbeat momentarily - tracks like ‘Maybes’ and ‘Taps’ trickled their percussion precociously, dancing for extended periods with the pitch wheel before ‘William’ closed the EP in an emphatic haze of melancholy.
Choosing to open their 2nd EP, with the dancefloor friendly, finger snap odyssey ‘Sketch On Glass’ gave the world a much needed insight into the other side of Kimbie - the party side, more than capable of lighting up a dance whilst still sounding gloriously homely. Displaying both a multitude of moods and an impeccable production polish with the remaining 3 tracks on the EP, it was like their work had sprouted legs, fully living up to the expectations of all those who bonded so strongly with their first vinyl offering .
Live, the duo performs with another of bass music’s young and prestigious talents, James Blake. As a trio they strive to recreate their music from scratch; with Kai and Dom trading instruments and samplers sporadically as Blake stands tall manning the synthesizer and voice parts. It really is both a humbling and inspiring thing to experience, watching this band of talent manually trigger their loops and re-weave their records complete with traded vocals in front of you. With aspirations bigger than the DJ booth and an album in the works we can guarantee that their performance at Adventures In The Beetroot Field next Thursday will be an un-missable moment in what’s sure to be a fruitful career.
Ahead of the performance we’ve been granted access to Mount Kimbie’s remix of the Foals ‘Spanish Sahara’ one of the first things to surface from the Foals’ new album sessions.