Mount Kimbie on Signing With Warp Records, Why "Post-Dubstep Doesn't Mean Much to Us"
When Mount Kimbie, the London-based production duo of Kai Campos and Dominic Maker, dropped 2010's critically-acclaimed debut album Crooks & Lovers, the media swiftly christened them poster children for the "post-dubstep" movement. But even then, it was a reductionist label for Kimbie's sound.
While held up by broken beats and sub-bass lines, their intricate, nuanced collages of found sound samples and field recordings were as much part of an avant-garde tradition going back to early 20th century musique concrète, as post-millennial UK bass.
"[Post-dubstep] doesn't mean much to us, really," Kai Campos tells Crossfade about being pigeonholed. "I think the word dubstep normally throws people off from what we actually do. I feel like we've always been judged on our own merits over here, though, so whatever it needs to be called is fine with me."
But then, two big things happened to Mount Kimbie in 2013 to further detract from people's perception that they are merely part of today's trendy post-dubstep "future bass" contingent.
First, they got signed to the legendary Warp label, home to the likes of Aphex Twin, Squarepusher and Boards of Canada -- iconoclastic sonic innovators who ostensibly make electronic beats for the rave generation, but are also considered serious auteurs in the avant-garde context.
"Warp was definitely an influential label to me, so it's an honor to be releasing music with them -- really great to see the logo on our record," says Kai. "[It] just seemed like a good home, and they didn't have any suggestions about what the record should sound like, which is what you want."
And the second big milestone for Mount Kimbie this year was releasing their sophomore album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth. It's an ambitious and complex work which marks the duo's maturation from bedroom producers still experimenting somewhat within the bass music template, to full-blown genre-defying auteurs with an uncompromisingly original vision.