Sketch On Glass is the highly anticipated second release by Mount Kimbie, following their highly rated Maybes EP from earlier this year, also on Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings. These guys are in the zone! Pioneering a catchy brand of light-as-air, deep-as-the-ocean, feel-good dubstep, here they offer us four more superb tracks. The title track comes out swinging and only gets better as it goes along. Serious shuffle, fits of portamento, and comping organ triplets all contribute to a short but sweet piece of blissful music. If that wasn’t enough, it switches to double-time and back before bringing in a chipmunk recorded singing in the shower.
“Serged” changes gears, taking a noisy minute to find the beat, and slowing things down to 82 BPM for more of a dystopian vibe. “50 Mile View” feels like two songs in one:first wistfully cinematic and full of breathing room, then crystallizing into a synthesized vocal snippet which had me straining to decipher the lyrics. Finally, “At Least” employs a similar duplicitous tactic, with an acoustic bass and real-sounding kit giving way to glitchy staccato synths, sine bass, and quirky sort of surprising outro. I only wish these songs were longer. Three of the four here are only about three and a half minutes each, but this brevity certainly contributes to their can’t-get-enough appeal. In other words, set your preferred audio playback device or application to repeat: Mount Kimbie’s got that crack.