Label: Hot Flush Release date: 19/07/2010 Link: Myspace Buy Amazon Being alive and reading this review, I’m sure you already have heard of Mount Kimbie. For those of you that haven’t heard of them, they make a special kind of music akin to Burial and Air France – very atmospheric and spacious tunes. Where Mount Kimbie differ is in their approach – they take what could be called dubsteb by some and mix it up and cut it around some beautiful vocal samples and create a sort of glitch minimalism; a blissed out, finely crafted sound resulting, via several EPs and high profile remixes, in an absolutely stunning album. As we go through the album, we first hit a summery feel in the first three tracks, climaxing in the stunning ‘Before I Move Off’, which sounds like it was made by a chillwave artist without the fuzz pedals and with immense talent instead. These opening tracks could take a while to ‘get’ because they sound so organic – it’s easy to get lost in them or even not realise the beauty if you don’t listen to them in detail (much like Panda Bear). After this we land in ‘Blind Night Errand’, one of the tracks in here that is quite clearly influenced by dubstep. But even still, unlike Benga and the like, this isn’t crystal clear, and with its heavy use of sampling, it manages to make the song feel natural, despite all the heavy electronics, which is, quite frankly, amazing. One of the stand out tracks of the album (there are many) has to be ‘Adriatic’, a hip hop beat track, but treated so gently and so warmly that it creates something unlike anything else I’ve heard, a truly amazing track. After this, we get the more spacious ‘Carbonated’, ‘Ruby’ and ‘Ode To Bear’, three tracks that really open up and show exactly how much is needed to compose music – every sound is needed in these tracks but there is nothing superfluous – no fiddly melodies, no excess drums, nothing that is not essential. These then open into ‘Field’, another of the higher paced and more electronica tracks, that builds slowly and, despite being cut and sampled a hell of a lot, still manages the natural feel to it, so seamless is the production, before breaking into a guitar lead part that sounds like a Cut Copy album track cut into an Air France tune. We finally end up with ‘Mayor’ and ‘Between Time’, two tracks that incorporate more of the electronic feel and the atmospherics previously employed. There’s not a lot more to say but go and buy it, and if you can, buy it on vinyl – it needs the depth and beauty that only vinyl can give it. Photobucket