Mount Kimbie’s wallflower power

By REYAN ALI  |  October 24, 2012

Sometimes making a statement from a corner of a room feels truer than making one from its center. Kai Campos — one-half of the London duo Mount Kimbie — believes that reasoning was crucial to his desire to make electronica in the first place. During shows, Campos found, DJs often set up shop to the side and in the dark, allowing more attention to fall on the audience and music itself. That modest attitude was once "quite refreshing" and is still reflected in Kimbie's aesthetic, even though he's begun pulling away from the genre. "Certainly now," the twentysomething says, "we don't particularly want to be considered an electronic band."

Cutting Mount Kimbie away from their root genre is a disingenuous move — they are, after all, signed to influential electronica label Warp and touring with Squarepusher. But Campos's assertion is reasonable. As Mount Kimbie, he and Dominic Maker work with an electronica-born instrumental palette, but the results — frail sampler-made melodies, ominously spare drum beats, minimalist arrangements, hollow production — frequently brush against post-rock, drone-folk, or even plain ol' experimental music. "This [forthcoming] record is probably less minimal in some ways than the last one," Campos says. "I'd be surprised if there are a lot of guitar solos on the next one."

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