Hotflush Label's Mount Kimbie Hits the Electric Pickle April 9

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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.

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2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

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theget
theget

I always called them post-dubstep ever since I first heard them. Mostly a reactionary thing due to my personal history with the mother genre.Sub-bass + 2-step + 130-150bpm = Good enough for me

Also, Sumsun is opening this show

theramon
theramon

This show is not to be missed. I flew to see them @ Bunker in NYC last year and it was a special evening with Cooly G and Sepalcure as well. Kimbie is a LIVE act and a good one at that and I would describe their music as good.

Miami and Dubstep
Miami and Dubstep

At the end of the day it doesn't matter what you call it as long as everybody comes out and feels the bass, raises their hands in the air, and dances their butts off. I'll see you guys there.

Miami and Dubstep
Miami and Dubstep

Why shouldn't I think about calling it dubstep? Just because it doesn't sound like Skream is not a good enough reason. Blind Night Errand and Ruby are definitely dubstep tunes. Obviously not everything they put out sounds like that and they cross a lot of musical boundaries but it kinda sounds like you have a narrow idea of what dubstep should sound like. Since when is Kode9, Burial, and Loefah not dubstep anymore?

Levisman
Levisman

Point taken. I realize that dubstep is a sound with a whole variety of permutations. Skream is just an example. However, I still disagree with Mount Kimbie being dubstep. If anything, they are closer to UK garage/2-step which is a precursor of dubstep. Regardless, their stuff is too ambient and experimental in structure to be categorically called "dubstep" in my opinion.

Miami and Dubstep
Miami and Dubstep

I would argue that Mount Kimbie has more in common with the energy and feel of early dubstep than Ultrablack or Sluggo but New Times doesn't hesitate to call that dubstep in a different article. You say that it's too ambient and experimental to be called dubstep but those are probably the two most common words I would use to describe dubstep to someone who has never heard it.

Levisman
Levisman

You may be right buddy. As I say in my article, "it's easy for music critics to lump the entire mishmash under the dubstep genre." I'm just another idiot music critic.

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