Boomkat Product Review:
Paradoxically probably the most anticipated and unexpected Hotflush 12" for a while comes from the lush pairing of Kai and Dom aka Mount Kimbie. Already building up a massive following with the likes of Mary-Anne Hobbs and obviously Scuba, the pair have taken a decidedly post-dubstep slant with this 12", composing a music equally informed by the expansive emotions of post-rock and electronica as the rhythms and attitude of dubstep. First track 'Maybes' will be the duo's calling card for some time to come we reckon, as it stealthily shoots straight for the heart with an Earth styled comaslow guitar chord intro, which suddenly flashes into a hyper slinky post-Burial 2-step rhythm built from delicately chinking percussion and of course that terrifically muffled vocal sample that sink itself into some melancholy section of your head without fail, we assure ya. 'William' we suspect may be dedicated to Mr Basinski, with textured ripples of decaying crackle and haunting pianos layered over a eyelid flickering beat, sounding part Actress, part Theo P, and with enough swooning character to seduce the advertising quarters. B-side tracks 'Vertical' and 'Taps' sound a little less strangely new, and instead come across as oddly familiar IDM styles, with 'Vertical' sounding like a Machine Drum track on 45, merely updating a slightly forlorn sound. That said, the A-side more than makes up for this, with 'Maybes' slotting straight into the play-it-again-and-again bag. Fans of Untold, Boxcutter, Sunken Foal, Scuba or emotionally arresting music, take note!