Stray No More, Mount Kimbie.

Stray No More, Mount Kimbie.

It’s been a fair old while since Mount Kimbie released Crooks & Lovers. So long; too long. And much has changed in the interim, perhaps more so for the London duo comprising Kai Campos and Dominic Maker than most, as they’ve since joined forces with revered electronica mainstay Warp. Perfect fit, eh? It was last autumn they were last seen about these parts, as they brought The Front Room of the Southbank Centre to a muggy standstill on the Saturday night of Ether. Excellent they were too, as they aired a couple new cuts for a very first time and in amongst all that may (or may not – my memory here fails me) have been a number by the name Made To Stray. Aptly titled it is too, as they’ve strayed from knocking at our eardrums for such a protracted while though as with any excruciating wait, the moment it comes to its logical conclusion all the aches and pains ebb away instantly. Though that’s not to say Made To Stray makes for a tranquil lap of a listen – anything but. It’s that bit more forceful; fruity than anything on the début, as glimmers of industrial spatter the buzzing sample to hum away ominously beneath the reverberating clacks and machinist splutters. It’s then in with the synths – that trademark sound of theirs, the presets for which they surely ought to patent sooner as opposed to later – as Mount Kimbie continues to build. It makes for a strange one, in that it’s better suited to sullied dancefloors than anything they’ve previously released and yet at that same time it has a more experimental, and with that esoteric quality to it. “Shadows turn to grey” they then chime in chorus, this striking vocal lead seemingly deriving influence from their urbane live reworking of Maybes, and maybe a touch so too of Yannis Philippakis’ bristly croon. The wait is now over and they stray no more. Oh, and keep your eyes and ears open henceforth, for there be whispers of an intimate London date forthcoming…

Mount Kimbie play as part of The xx’ Night + Day curation this coming June.

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