Truth be known, Mount Kimbie didn’t exactly stray all that far from their default MO when they last month exhibited the overwhelmingly wonderful Made To Stray as a prefatory, and indeed all too pithy peruse of forthcoming sophomore, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth. It was, to all intents and purposes, a pretty lucid continuation of their Crooks & Lovers endeavours of yonks ago, even though it transpired to be that little bit more refined. Yet even then, they’d allowed for over two years to pass – months upon waxy moons spent unremittingly orbiting the globe on exhaustive tours, consequently honing their craft and subsequently signing to Warp. Though I’d reckon that never have they ever sounded quite so acutely attuned to all that the off-kilt label stands for as they do now, as they return with the loveably scatty Blood and Form: built about the rudimentary thud of a muffled drum and the hum of unquantifiable gadgetry, it’s a little as though Kai Campos and Dom Maker’s crudest impression of label mate Kwes.’ adorably taciturn compositional approach. I mean it’s incontestably more avant-garde and considerably less conventional than most tracks accredited with the raw verve this one will doubtless accrue sooner rather than later, though in warping their sonic aesthetic as such, they become one with the discographic body of work onto which their name is now tattooed. They’re becoming Warp in both Blood and Form, and it’s making for a thoroughly compelling mutation.
Cold Spring Fault Less Youth is anticipated May 27th via Warp.