Song of the Day: Mt. Kimbie - Before I Move Off

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection is one of the artists performing at the 2010 Decibel Festival, which will run this Wednesday through Sunday, September 22-26 at venues all across Seattle. Mt. Kimbie, today’s featured artist, will be playing at the sold out RMBA on the Floor Showcase at Neumos on Friday with Modeselektor. Today’s Song of the Day, “Before I Move Off,” comes from the 2010 album Crooks and Lovers from Hotflush Recordings.

Mt. Kimbie - Before I Move Off (MP3)

Dominic Maker and Kai Campos are two Londoners who together form the dub-step/techno duo Mount Kimbie. Although, rooted firmly in dub-step, they have been expanding their sound since the first two EPs a little more than a year ago by embracing techno, ambient, and even “found sounds,” romantically achieved by throwing stones against walls in a wind tunnel by the sea.

Camp and Maker have been making music for years both separately and alone, and the introduction of computer producing and the possibilities that arose from musical software brought them together and things really got rolling. The sound may seem without structure, ambient, and hard to pin down. And today’s song of the day is no exception with influences such as Xiu Xiu and Steve Reich. It opens up with a worldly sitar-like sound, and with the entrance of dots and clicks of a computer, like two forks in a river meld into a set of beats that carry it away. Disorienting at first, suddenly feel natural and rhythmic while pops and clicks, glitches, and vocal samples seem to manipulate their way into the steady beats of the song. The details are so minute you might need an ear microscope to hone in on them among the wash of sound that encapsulates by the end. But before you know it, it’s over.

Mount Kimbie will follow their show at Seattle’s Decibel Festival on Friday night with a handful of U.S. dates before skipping back to the other side of the pond to continue their tour. Check out the specifics on their MySpace page. Also, check out the official video for their first single off Crooks and Lovers, “Would Know”:

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