James Blake, Mt Kimbie, CD/SD

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Uhhhh classic? I'm loving the Mt Kimbie EPs and the new James Blake one, CMYK. Anyone else feeling this? Or is it being written off as like sub
Burial or some wack thought like that? What else sounds like this?

uptown churl, Wednesday, 2 June 2010 17:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

Went to Mt Kimbie's album launch in Brixton t'other night, without having heard their music before, and their live set seemed a bit ponderous and timid to me. Every time they finally launched into a groove they had spent ages building up, it seemed to stop dead after no time at all. I'd probably all work better on headphones. The big-glasses wearing Hoxton types inhabiting the place seemed to be into it. Joy Orbison's subsequent DJ set was banging, BTW.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 17:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

Listening to Maybes on their MySpace now. Nice, but yeah, Burial-like is the first thing that came to mind.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 17:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

i'm all about this stuff, looking forward to some full-lengths

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 17:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

i don't hear mount kimbie as being especially burial-ish, it reminds me more of telefon tel aviv, or maybe a nicely updated '90s idm vibe

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 18:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I don't hear Burial at all?

Always-Smells-Like-Maple Man (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 20:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

james blake is like the most stilted lurching creepy music ever. in a good way though, you know

teflon donk (samosa gibreel), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 20:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

Everyone remotely connected to dubstep must now be compared to Burial by law.

Isn't there a Mt Kimbie album out imminently or did I imagine that?

Matt DC, Wednesday, 2 June 2010 21:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

there is a mt. kimbie full length coming out very soon

cutty, Wednesday, 2 June 2010 22:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh hey, july 19

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 22:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

mt kimbie is great to smoke weed to, but how does one dance to it ?

beat boy damager, power 2 the people (Its all about face), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 22:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Bells Sketch is absolutely brilliant.

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 2 June 2010 22:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

whats good of james blakes then? is he REALLY that good? people are raving about him like hes the new burial (regardless of whether they sound alike).

truffle-flavoured french fry (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 22:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

"CMYK" the song (and the cut up vocals seem excessively Burial to me) and the EP really bored me. Haven't heard Mt. Kimble though.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 22:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

listening to cmyk. this is actually pretty cool surprisingly. i was expecting it to be really boring. but its got a really nice quality about it.

truffle-flavoured french fry (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 22:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

really not into james blake. pleasant but oh so boring.

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 22:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

james blake: untold remix > the bells sketch, mount kimbie remix > harmonimix > CMYK, air & lack thereof > pembroke. lex kinda otm though, it's a great sound for the first 15 minutes but withers a bit in the GENRE SAVIOR spotlight

& the only real similarity to burial is the er 'hauntological' aspect, no? much more pronounced in the 'maybes' ep than anything else though

lucas pine, Wednesday, 2 June 2010 22:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

this is better than just pleasant. i thought thats what it would be but its... a bit better than that.

truffle-flavoured french fry (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 23:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

i don't hear burial in MK at all. it's way more bright and colorful.

cutty, Wednesday, 2 June 2010 23:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

yup, and pretty.

i can't point to a james blake track that's really blown me away by itself, but he seems like a multi-talented dude and i like where he's going with it.

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 23:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

nothing danceable about this stuff though.

truffle-flavoured french fry (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 23:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

blake sounded like sub joy orb to me

gonjasufi smacker (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 23:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

Mount Kimbie Sketch on Glass EP is excellent. Haven't really got into any Blake I've heard so far.

seandalai, Wednesday, 2 June 2010 23:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

really enjoy Mount Kimbie on record BUT saw them live for the first time t'other week and my god were they boring lifeless plodding and a number of other things that are not fun to watch.

James Blake is pretty patchy IMO but when he gets it right, like on the Untold remix and "CMYK", he gets it really REALLY right.

henry rollin rollin rollins (big spoon), Thursday, 3 June 2010 01:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

in retrospect lumping them together may have been a mistake, leading to admittedly misleading burial comparisons at least regarding mt. kimbie.
think the burial influence is pretty undeniable for blake tho, if not necessarily a point that needs to be dwelled upon ... anyways i guess what i really was curious about was how people felt about the lack of danceability. i love how the dubstep rhythms are reappropriated -- in something like
blake's remix of 'maybes' -- and twisted into these shuddering, almost-danceable-but-not-quite forms.

uptown churl, Thursday, 3 June 2010 02:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

the thing is, I would have thought the same thing, but I have seen both CMYK and the Destinys Child remix absolutely destroy dances. kind of made me take him a bit more seriously, ridiculous thing to say I know.

would love to hear the Untold remix on a good system, never had the pleasure.

henry rollin rollin rollins (big spoon), Thursday, 3 June 2010 03:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Mt. Kimbie remix of LV & Untold's 'Beacon' was seriously nice. Been listening to that a lot.

sam500, Thursday, 3 June 2010 09:03 (seven years ago) Permalink


very excited for this, in spite of the cover.

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Thursday, 10 June 2010 16:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

it's awesome

cutty, Thursday, 10 June 2010 16:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

omg @ that cover

plax (ico), Monday, 12 July 2010 18:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is fuckin A. Wanna say its kinda four tetty though, they've pretty much dropped any uk bass/purple wow influence they had

plax (ico), Monday, 12 July 2010 18:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

i think i need to hear this really late at night

plax (ico), Monday, 12 July 2010 18:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

they've pretty much dropped any uk bass/purple wow influence they had

i'm not disagreeing, but 'blind night errand' seems more like a straight dubstep track than anything they've done before

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Monday, 12 July 2010 19:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah maybe, first listen etc. I guess its partly to do w/ the dubstep that my friends listen to which is way more aggressive than the stuff that i was listening to around the time of Maybes

plax (ico), Monday, 12 July 2010 19:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

After a few listens this isn't really measuring up to the EP's for me. Seems like they're using a lot of the same tricks but in a less effective way. And then there's something like "Field" (I'm guessing the title is a nod to Axel Willner) which is pretty cool but the awkwardness of the transition just kills it.

Number None, Thursday, 15 July 2010 01:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

I like this

is breads of india still tite (admrl), Sunday, 18 July 2010 22:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

i like this, too. i understand the burial comparisons (hollow-sounding song-structures, diva-voices), but it's a really different vibe.

mind you, i love burial's work. this is just different.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 18 July 2010 22:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

i think my favourite Blake things are the remixes he did under Harmonimix

Bills Bills Bills - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDWHGz2ma_Q

A Milli - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGcOVgv3P6A&feature=related

merked, Sunday, 18 July 2010 23:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ugh that A Milli mix is horrible

is breads of india still tite (admrl), Monday, 19 July 2010 00:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

(sorry, thanks for posting though!)

is breads of india still tite (admrl), Monday, 19 July 2010 00:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

RA podcast, about the billionth mix i've heard this week w/ actress on it. not a bad thing though.

plax (ico), Monday, 19 July 2010 10:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

you've heard a billion mixes this week already? excellent work

不合作的方式 (r1o natsume), Monday, 19 July 2010 13:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

actress is great in a billion different ways though, hes got a track that'd fit pretty much anywhere

straightola, Monday, 19 July 2010 13:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

good time management

r (ico), Monday, 19 July 2010 13:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

i think i remember reading that he'd never heard a milli before, just came across the acapella.

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Monday, 19 July 2010 14:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

What is this, microstep already?

Matt DC, Monday, 26 July 2010 08:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

not heard the mount kimbie album yet but the ep reminded me of four tet, definitely.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Monday, 26 July 2010 09:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

wow, this before i move off song, from the mount kimbie disc, is one of the best things i've heard this year.


Daniel, Esq., Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

I just thought the King Krule track was boring; most of the other stuff on the worst songs of the year thread is way more terrible

they are either militarists (ugh) or kangaroos (?) (DJP), Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:04 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the Loveable Rogues have worst of the year on lock.

monotony, Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:26 (four years ago) Permalink

it's not lol terrible but i struggle to really hate the lol terrible stuff, it just sounds like a drain

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Thursday, 30 May 2013 08:22 (four years ago) Permalink

this could be the james blake/mount kimbie album that people wanted this year (at least those of us who were into the earlier records).

it's gorgeous...so many of these tracks appeared on that electronic explorations mix from a few years ago, but it's nice to hear final masters.

precious bonsai children of new york (Jordan), Monday, 3 June 2013 18:18 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Lots of people seemed to enjoy James Blake on Later last night.

Well, a few people on Twitter and a (not easily pleased) friend who emailed me about it.

djh, Wednesday, 2 October 2013 20:33 (four years ago) Permalink

i want to tell his drummer to sit up straight

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 3 October 2013 13:34 (four years ago) Permalink

I used to worry about Beth from Portishead's posture ...

djh, Thursday, 3 October 2013 21:17 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

im loving this mount kimbie album on first listen

subaltern 8 (Michael B), Friday, 15 November 2013 00:15 (four years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

james blake. haha. i like his stuff but man i just get this self-serious vibe. i dunno, maybe that's the joke.

jaymc, Sunday, 21 September 2014 05:00 (three years ago) Permalink

i really like the james blake song "the wilhelm scream" but that's also a really weird title. like i know that is referencing the famous and oft-used hollywood sound effect, but why?

jaymc, Sunday, 21 September 2014 05:02 (three years ago) Permalink

also how come whenever anyone does a study about which songs/artists are more popular in one state vs. another, james blake is always like the musical act whom new yorkers listen to disproportionately.

jaymc, Sunday, 21 September 2014 05:03 (three years ago) Permalink

james blake is very good live which is one thing he has over those other elec acts he came up assc with 2010 era

Raccoon Tanuki, Sunday, 21 September 2014 11:20 (three years ago) Permalink

^ very true statement. i was never really a fan of him until i saw him live at pier 26 last year.

Treeship, Thursday, 25 September 2014 02:14 (three years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Mount Kimbie and King Krule are really underrated 'round these parts.

Just sayin'.

austinato (Austin), Monday, 22 June 2015 02:09 (two years ago) Permalink

i didn't like krule at all first but realllllly came around to him via cold spring faultless youth. do they have more material together besides those cpl tracks?

Nobody ever knows anything. (sleepingbag), Monday, 22 June 2015 02:13 (two years ago) Permalink

Just remixes.

austinato (Austin), Monday, 22 June 2015 02:50 (two years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

probably his poppiest song ever but i'm into it

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Friday, 12 February 2016 00:29 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm pretty excited for the album after hearing that.

Austin, Friday, 12 February 2016 18:10 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...


This sounds like one of his older tunes. Like, first album-ish. I'm into it.

Austin, Friday, 15 April 2016 17:25 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

new album out at midnight (Greenwich time?) tonight

sean gramophone, Thursday, 5 May 2016 19:57 (two years ago) Permalink

the three new songs are nice enough (esp. 'Radio Silence') but are in a very similar mode, hoping for some curveballs on the album.

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Thursday, 5 May 2016 20:06 (two years ago) Permalink

And it's on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1WyrGCkFDlH1xPadZ5qTkL

Austin, Friday, 6 May 2016 00:28 (two years ago) Permalink

Wow, this album is really long and really slow. Very dark and down.

Definitely not what I expected. Will definitely take a few listens for everything to sort itself out.

Austin, Friday, 6 May 2016 02:59 (two years ago) Permalink

kinda worked perfect this morning on the train ride, helped that it's been raining and drab here for like a week.

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 6 May 2016 14:15 (two years ago) Permalink

it is a little long though for sure

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 6 May 2016 14:16 (two years ago) Permalink

Yikes this is horrible

Evan R, Friday, 6 May 2016 14:46 (two years ago) Permalink

Horrible for sounding like a James Blake album, or horrible compared to other James Blake albums?

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Friday, 6 May 2016 16:09 (two years ago) Permalink

I kind of liked his other albums, so I think it's pretty horrible by his standards. Really dry and dull and formulaic.

Evan R, Friday, 6 May 2016 17:01 (two years ago) Permalink

people are losing their minds over this, and i think i really hate it

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 6 May 2016 20:03 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I only listened to it once. I liked it, but it seemed to be a little much; too samey. Like I said, it could possibly sort itself out upon further listens, but I would officially call my initial reaction "underwhelmed."

Austin, Sunday, 8 May 2016 20:49 (two years ago) Permalink

I hope my life is a jam

johnny crunch, Thursday, 12 May 2016 19:03 (two years ago) Permalink

this sounds like a load of barely-bothered demos. an oddly loveless, and painful - at nearly 20 tracks - sounding album. though ive only heard it once. so maybe it reveals more with repeated plays (it did seem to get a bit better in the final third or thereabouts). almost like an album designed to irritate you with how samey it is. maybe its his way of showing he has no designs on being a popstar after his little post-beyonce brush with fame. its more like an album-dump you expect from someone brand new, rather than someone on their 3rd album.

StillAdvance, Friday, 13 May 2016 09:20 (two years ago) Permalink

why didn't Rick Rubin tell him to cut it down to the essentials, i thought that was his job?

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Friday, 13 May 2016 17:07 (two years ago) Permalink

This is very good hangover music.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 14 May 2016 16:33 (two years ago) Permalink

Listening to the sample on I Need a Forest Fire reminds me that I wish Blake stuck to producing tracks like CMYK rather than trying to sing

warm winds and clear skies, Sunday, 15 May 2016 13:31 (two years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

James Blake is amazing. Come at me, bro

kingtrouty, Friday, 27 January 2017 09:14 (one year ago) Permalink

Specifically, his self-titled album. Deep crescendos, melodic, sad. Is there anyone like him? Nah, there isn't. It's incidiniary in its own far out, beautiful way. Have a beer on me.

Mt. Kimbie is the ****, too. Well, Crooks & Lovers is dope (just to keep this thread on topic, sorta, I guess).

kingtrouty, Friday, 27 January 2017 09:22 (one year ago) Permalink

I like his production and arrangements, can't stand his voice. Particularly as many other male singers working in similar milieu seem to have since adopted a similar affectedly quavery style.

chap, Friday, 27 January 2017 12:00 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...


First listen now. Fucking goosebumps good. 'Blue Train Lines' — oh my god.

I had pretty high hopes coming after the last record and this one, just on first impression, is already resonating extremely heavily.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Friday, 8 September 2017 17:41 (eight months ago) Permalink


sleepingbag, Friday, 8 September 2017 17:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

Man, this album is so good.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Friday, 8 September 2017 18:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

I liked the first Kimbie album, skipped the second, don't really get this one. It songs seem very structureless, and they seem to be trying quite hard to be so which I don't find appealing. Maybe I need to listen more carefully.

chap, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

And it's got the can't-be-arsed style of singing I hate.

chap, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

It seems like an improvement on the last one, and I respect them for moving on from their early style, but I'm just not into it either.

Crooks & Lovers still sounds amazing in 2017.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

Blue Train Lines sounds so much like Young Fathers it's distracting. I mean, I love Young Fathers, but still.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

even with the charismatic and enthralling performance of King Krule I couldn't get past the fourth track on this, in theory it's something I should enjoy but it was just so boring and life is too short

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Best JB track in awhile?


It's closer to his earlier approach of using his performances as grist for processing rather than making them the focal point.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 26 January 2018 17:56 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

That song is one of the best things he's done. Like Radiohead if they were good

paolo, Sunday, 11 February 2018 13:44 (three months ago) Permalink

That song sounds nothing like Radiohead.

It’s more like Kraftwerk if they were good.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 11 February 2018 16:07 (three months ago) Permalink

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