With a veritable tsunami of unclassifiable dubby breakbeat flooding the international scene right now, it's easy for music critics
to lump the entire mishmash under the dubstep genre.
But don't even
think about calling Mount Kimbie dubstep. Their sound has
more in common with the musique concrète of early 20th century avant-garde sampling pioneer Pierre Schaeffer than the screechy bass wobble of producer Skream.
It's no surprise then that the acclaimed UK production duo of Dom
Maker and Kai Campos got picked up by the Hotflush imprint,
home to a whole slew of fellow experimental broken beat exponents like
Scuba, Sepalcure, and Instra:Mental.
Crooks and Lovers, Mount
Kimbie's 2010 debut long-player on Hotflush, is a lush, meticulously
crafted sonic kaleidoscope of woozy, organic samples, hazy field
recordings, and gently syncopating beats. The album mostly makes for the kind of deep meditative home
listening we haven't enjoyed since The Orb or Aphex Twin's ambient works.
A live Kimbie performance must be a different story entirely with the benefit of a
proper club sound system to amplify the duo's sub-bass frequencies and
thicken up the kick drums. Find out for yourself on Saturday, April 9,
when the pair stop by the Electric Pickle.
Mount Kimbie. Saturday, April 9. Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Doors open at 11 p.m. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-456-5613 or visit electricpicklemiami.com.