Mount Kimbie, Remixes Pt. 2

Painting by Moki

[Hotflush Recordings]

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Clearly cognizant of Mount Kimbie’s cross-border appeal to techno/house heads, Hotflush wisely spends the second remix EP on the 4×4 axis with mixes from its head honcho, Paul Rose, and Panorama Bar residents Prosumer and Tama Sumo. Rose’s effort on “Vertical,” under his SCB guise, is the only track labeled as an edit, and fittingly it exploits the richness of the original without imposing too much Scuba. Basically re-imagining the moody original for the jacking techno crowd, its restless clink figures prominently, offset by a throbbing kick-and-woodblock rhythm section. Several breakdowns are employed alongside noisy washes, and with each the track grows more monstrous. It’s linear, as an edit should be, but not monotonous; SCB magnifies everything for peak-of-the-night intensity.

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“William” found Mount Kimbie at their most seasick, a somber little number that develops into a distant, obscured future-shanty before its unexpected immersion in heavy, drunken bass. Tama Sumo & Prosumer’s mix retains many of the original’s qualities, extending them for dance floor consumption. They harness the power of its bass line for a driving rather than disorienting effect by chopping it up and placing it throughout the energetic structure. Midway through, dramatic strings emerge, setting the tone for the vocal, now slightly more intelligible. It’s not so far from the indie-house crossovers of Pantha du Prince or the Dial label, a streamlined take on sentimentalism. In summation, Mount Kimbie could not have selected a more formidable group of artists to rework their catalog. The results are split equally between exploiting their rhythmic and emotional capabilities, somewhere between the dance floor and the anxious rest-of-the-world. This is the split at the heart of Mount Kimbie as well.

Antony  on May 14, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Really surprised by the write up you have given the SCB edit… i was so disappointed when i heard it.

Personally think its a awful ‘techno’ track.. the white noise and bad synth line make it sound so cheap. Nothing on a Scuba track!

stephen k  on May 15, 2010 at 12:02 PM

you know, in hindsight i have to partly agree. the second half, the “big part” of the edit – when it gets all cranky – is pretty cliche. i sort of wish he had just looped the first two minutes or so and done a little tweaking…initially at least, it’s an admirable 4/4 adaptation of the track. and then it goes off the deep end.

WilliamM  on May 16, 2010 at 9:54 AM

i actually dig the SCB edit. cant wait to hear it in a big club


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