Mount Kimbie // Star Theater 6/8
Written by Emma on June 10, 2017
RIYL: James Blake, Burial, New Order, Warp Records
Mount Kimbie’s show at the Star Theater Wednesday night was the mid-dead week dance party I hadn’t realized I needed. Famous for their place at the forefront of the bass music/post-dubstep wave of music alongside fellow UK artists such as James Blake, Zomby and Burial, Mount Kimbie deliver a show more like a DJ set. They turn their singles into club tunes, recognizable and fresh. Their brand of dance music is a huge import from the UK right now, mixing indie and dance music to create a club set that operates on a higher level.
The first few tracks of the show felt like a warm up. Opening with two tracks from 2010’s Crooks & Lovers (the debut that made year-end best of lists), they got the crowd moving before launching into live renditions of classics such as “Home Recording” and “You Took Your Time”. A highlight was a newer track “170”, a work in progress. Mount Kimbie’s tradition of building new songs live serves them well. They are well-trained at reading a crowd, able to find out what works and what doesn’t with real-time feedback. They seem to have two versions of each track, a live and a recorded. Of course this is somewhat common, but the live treatment sounds like a remix from a different band. Their live show pays homage to the underground dance music scene they developed out of, letting you dance away your troubles, even for just a few hours.