- Audio CD (25 April 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Republic of Music
- ASIN: B003OCE0VQ
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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The term dubstep is becoming increasingly, wonderfully nebulous, just the right side of meaningless. From Burial to Eleven Tigers and now Mount Kimbie, it seems to function as an ignition switch to embark on vast-ranging explorations into an imaginary, post-nightclub world, in which nostalgia and future horizons loom equally large. What is "dubstep"? Who, in a sense, cares? In this instance, it's Crooks & Lovers, the first album proper by the duo Dominic Maker and Kai Campos, the latest in a long line of similarly unassuming-looking young dudes to get together to create improbably fabulous alchemy in electronica.
Crooks & Lovers is an album of abrupt changes and paradoxes, at once organic and heavily processed, drowsy and yet with moments of eyes-on-stalks urgency, acoustically sweet and electrically charged. It's akin to gently drifting in and out of consciousness on a bus trip, only to be sporadically jolted back into consciousness.
Tunnelvision, the opener, floats down from some odd, hazy place, reminiscent of soon-to-be-revived oceanic 80s rockers A.R. Kane, a mix of short, acoustic riffs, disembodied voices and an adjacent rhythm shuffling by like a caterpillar. Would Know follows, swaddled in grainy bromide, borrowing the Daft Punk opening-the-door-to-the-nightclub effect. Before I Move Off and Carbonated exhibit Mount Kimbie's duality in full, double-vision effect, the latter juxtaposing effervescent pop balm with a dramatic, dub swell. Adriatic, blissful and lapping, is a sweet interlude, the briefest of holiday postcards, while Ruby, with its shimmering, apocalyptic horizon is most noticeably in some sort of neo-Burial, dubstep tradition. But then follows the beguiling, puzzling Field, whose lengthy, faded-in intro features the alien, thrumming sound of a rhythmic device hitherto unknown to man systematically chomping away at everything in its path, before being abruptly supplanted by to a bucolic mid-section more reminiscent of the likes of Bibio.
Unmoored and out there, Mount Kimbie come across in interviews as a little startled themselves by what they've come up with, and continue to come up with, but that's all to the good. They've no idea where they're going. Go with them.--David Stubbs
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This is one of those albums where a track finishes and rather than getting more of the same, you're surprised by something totally different, that still manages to maintain the pace and flow of the album. It feels like a real record, not a collection of random singles. Songs take their time to blossom, melodies and rhythms cleverly flutter around before you fully get the picture. It manages to sound extremely organic and natural, yet it employs a lot of woozy.. even maybe funky bleeps and bloops warp-style.
Overall I would say this is a stunning album. Call it dubstep, garage, IDM or house, call it whatever, but it most definitely could not describe the clever orginal sound that these guys have cooked up with their beats. I look forward to when these guys get even better at their craft.
Crooks and Lovers kicks off with Tunnelvision, featuring soft guitar strums, distant vocals and wonderfully off-kilter rhythms, giving a taste of what's to come. As the track fades away, chatter and ambient noise rises from the ether, and is soon joined a head nodding melody and beat combination reminiscent of 'chopped and screwed' hip-hop. This of course, is the arrival of the second track Would Know, which not only delights with soothing chords but also surprises with synth refrains which break up the action beautifully.
And so it goes on, a constant series of surprises, unexpected sounds and delicately assembled production - from the heart warming beats of Before I Move off, to the frantic agitation of Blind Night Errand. From the toe-tapping vibes of Adriatic, to the slow rocking of Ode to Bear, it is an acoustically dazzling reassertion of what Dubstep is. If you like lo-fi sounds mixed with warm reverb and crisp drum patterns then there really is no question, this is the album for you.Read more ›
It only takes a brief listen to realise that this style of dub, no matter at what stage produced, could actually be revolutionary to the whole genre, a world away from where it started. With eery, click-y, atmospheric sounds, we also feel the punch of the kick and snare and a touch of sub to complete the recipe of genius that is `Crooks & Lovers'.
Some good use of their sound palette, but can feel a little too clever and cold at times for me.
Look at product from such as Burial if you like a little more soul or emotion in your glitch/dubstep or whatever.
Had this for maybe a year, and although I'm fond of tracks like Carbonated and Mayor, this rarely gets played, so it's a 2.5/3 for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good album! can't wait for their 3rd coming album when ever they release it, totally worth getting Cold Spring!Published on 26 Mar. 2014 by Andy Bowser
I didn't order it and it's appeared on my Review of Purchases. There isn't a route that lets me email the sender to ask for a refund. Can anyone help?Published on 25 May 2013 by C E Arthur
This deserves 5 stars.
It took a while to get into but if you persist you will be rewarded. Also check out the EP's.
I ordered this and i listened to the first few songs in my car and rejected it. Then put it on in my lounge whilst surfing the net and i like it. Good album. Read morePublished on 29 July 2012 by J. Farnin