Timbre Concerts brings UK electronic duo Mount Kimbie to The Imperial Vancouver, back on the road off the back of their latest string of singles.
It has been some time since Mount Kimbie graced us with new material, their last album ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’ was released back in 2013 after making the move from Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings to electronic mainstay Warp. The pair joked at the beginning of the night of their casual four-year hiatus – you’d be forgiven for thinking they hadn’t been gone at all, with the the packed crowd eagerly awaiting the opening track as the smoke filled the air. Kai confessed that the past few shows in North America has been “to 14 or 15 people”, the pair seemed struck at the full venue front to back.
This was a far cry away from the early days of the Boiler Room, back when Dom and Kai were a two-piece live outfit, experimenting with distorted guitar loops atop 808 broken beats. The duo now appear a different band, a tight four-piece with live percussion, Roland keys and a Korg MS-10 for good measure. A solid schedule of touring over the past few years has allowed them to develop and refine their live tracks, each unfurling and building into something different, with a new energy unable to be reached inside the original production alone.
The pair unveiled several new unreleased tracks including ‘Delta’, while also playing a version of ‘Marilyn’ their recent collaboration with Micachu. They moved through jams from both albums, playing fresh versions of ‘Field’ and ‘Before I Move Off’ before ending on ‘Made To Stray’, the debut single from ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’. If you’re idea of a Mount Kimbie show is twenty people nodding their heads sipping on Red Stripe, then this firmly set them apart from their humble beginnings. The duo have found a new confidence in their live show as a performance, and it left the crowd calling for more.
Mount Kimbie have a few shows left in North America this month before a packed Summer schedule accross Europe. As of yet, no concrete release date on a new album, until then check out their latest single below featuring Micachu and new track Delta performed in a recent live session recorded for KCRW.
Photo credit – Bryce Hunnersen