Review: Mount Kimbie – ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’.

After three years of musing over the lulling vibes of 2010s Crooks and Lovers, London’s quiet alternative to dubstep have returned with a more polished dimension of dance music.

Stemming from the same musical pedigree as artists like James Blake and Gold Panda, Mount Kimbie have immersed themselves in deeper waters on Cold Spring with an inundated, accented song writing style, whilst maintaining the status quo of their composing style with their trademark production techniques. Tracks like ‘Home Recording’ and ‘Fall’ echo the noticeable traces of guitar loops and off-beat dubstep rhythms presented on Crookes and Lovers. In contrast to its predecessor, Cold Spring… meanders off into more emotionally melodic realms. Having said that, Mount Kimbie don’t lose focus of the dance floor.

MK’s new record offers a more arioso breadth to dubstep and electro by encompassing other genres, such as hip-hop and jazz. The double cameo appearance from King Krule provides a lyrical and vocal touch of genius to Mount Kimbie’s ensemble. ‘You Took Your Time’ and ‘Meter, Pale, Tone’ shatter the soulful hip-hop feel of the album, and coerce you into more angry, fiery pastures. “Did you see me? I killed a man” is a prime example of King Krule’s the blunt baritone and raw lyrical effect on the timbre of Cold Spring, providing the perfect ying to Mount Kimbie’s yang.

On Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, Mount Kimbie evolved rhythmically, melodically and collaboratively, and crossed the line to establishing themselves as song writers as well as majestic producers.