Boomkat Product Review:
Mount Kimbie take a leaf out of OutKast's book on this elaborately titled newie, splitting their latest into two full-length albums from Dom Maker and Kai Campos.
If anything, "MK 3.5" shows the different facets to Mount Kimbie's production. Dom Maker's album, entitled "Die Cuts", is a brittle exploration of rap and R&B formulae featuring a host of collaborators, including Slowthai, James Blake, Danny Brown, Wiki, Keiyaa, and Maxo Kream. We're not gonna lie it's a mixed bag - remember Future Brown? - but the high points are sufficiently goopy: Kučka feature 'f1 racer' is a slippery, minimalist pop burner, and 'say that' featuring Nomi is a good attempt at neo soul.
Kai Campos's "City Planning" is more reliably enjoyable, exploring the techno and experimental side of the Mount Kimbie palette. Solid and well-tweaked, it's gear that sounds like a more techno/electro-fwd bending of the Actress template, with a bit of Drexciyan wetness and a hint of vintage Plaid thrown in for good measure. 'Satellite 9' sounds like a lost Other People Place demo, 'Zone 3 (City Limits)' sounds like it was left off "Rest Proof Clockwork" and 'Zone 1 (24 Hours)' inhabits the same sonic landscape as Detroit OG Terrence Dixon.