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Crooks and Lovers was Mount Kimbie’s minimal, but highly regarded debut; full of quirky electronic charm, and promising waves. Critical acclaim was met with scintillating live reviews and approval from the night- dwelling populous, and as a result, the spread of ‘post- dubstep’. Moving away from the genre they had, perhaps inadvertently, created was always going to be testing though, especially on only their second album. But on ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’, Mount Kimbie evolved, and matured, and with the help of King Krule combined their electronica with live vocals for the first time; a kind of beat poetry for the modern age. Outline talked to Kai about the changes to the band, and the changes within themselves.

What I find harder personally is in festival season when you have five days between each one. When they're all in a row, you get into a good rhythm and you start pushing it a little bit further and in different directions, you know. Tat's much more interesting for me, and much more exciting. I actually look forward to this; it's like a period of stability in a weird way.


Te live aspect has obviously quite heavily influenced 'Cold Spring…' I think you've ended up sounding much more complete; it's a fuller sound. Can you describe how you've changed from kinda 'Crooks'-era to where you are now? Erm, I mean in a multitude of ways. It's three years in quite a pivotal point in our lives, so I’m probably quite a different

22 /November 2013/

ou've got such a hefty line of dates ahead of you. Is it hard to maintain energy for each show?



person to who I was on the first records, you know. We spent two years, not really making music, but playing it a lot, so that obviously fed into what we ended up doing in the studio. We try not to analyse it too much when we're working, we just try and figure it out afterwards.

Do you think, as you mentioned there, that the more developed sound has come simply because you and Dom have kinda matured together, you've been working together so long and

you've literally just grown up - do you think that's part of it? Yeah, it's that and it's also a case of being a bit more confident to put down stuff that we wouldn't have thought was our area of expertise before, you know? And just having faith in your instincts and stuff, and hoping that people come along with it. And enjoying it, you know? In the way that we can do it, and still enjoy it. I think it can be quite like a slightly strange thing that I’m always attracted to working on something that I’m not 100% sure of how to do, so I’m not sure that i'll

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