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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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

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

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 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, I don't hear Burial at all?

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

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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

cutty, Wednesday, 2 June 2010 22:09 (ten years ago) link

oh hey, july 19

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

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 (ten years ago) link

The Bells Sketch is absolutely brilliant.

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 2 June 2010 22:24 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

"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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Wednesday, 2 June 2010 22:56 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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

cutty, Wednesday, 2 June 2010 23:08 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

nothing danceable about this stuff though.

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

blake sounded like sub joy orb to me

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

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

http://boomkat.com/cds/310793-mount-kimbie-crooks-lovers

very excited for this, in spite of the cover.

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Thursday, 10 June 2010 16:16 (ten years ago) link

it's awesome

cutty, Thursday, 10 June 2010 16:32 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

omg @ that cover

plax (ico), Monday, 12 July 2010 18:45 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

i think i need to hear this really late at night

plax (ico), Monday, 12 July 2010 18:59 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

I like this

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

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

Ugh that A Milli mix is horrible

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

(sorry, thanks for posting though!)

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

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

good time management

r (ico), Monday, 19 July 2010 13:34 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

What is this, microstep already?

Matt DC, Monday, 26 July 2010 08:48 (nine years ago) link

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

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Monday, 26 July 2010 09:47 (nine years ago) link

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ7AF8IG7Eg

Daniel, Esq., Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:27 (nine years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/55d6058ae4b0b63503024ae4/t/5964f1171b631b9e66de590c/1499787606456

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 (two years ago) link

sweet!

sleepingbag, Friday, 8 September 2017 17:49 (two years ago) link

Man, this album is so good.

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

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 (two years ago) link

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

chap, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:48 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

Best JB track in awhile?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYXM3uz1bjM

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

That song sounds nothing like Radiohead.

It’s more like Kraftwerk if they were good.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 11 February 2018 16:07 (two years ago) link

eleven months pass...

new album is really nice, definitely his best since the debut, maybe even better than that?

he's finally come into his own as a songwriter, not just a producer, and all the collaborations are great and well integrated unlike say that terrible RZA one from Overgrown

ufo, Thursday, 17 January 2019 23:24 (one year ago) link

talking about James Blake's Assume Form of course, though Dominic Maker from Mount Kimbie did co-produce most of it

"Mile High" is very Forest Temple-core

ufo, Friday, 18 January 2019 04:18 (one year ago) link

i've never been a huge fan but I really enjoyed this album on first listen this morning , went well with the snowy train ride .

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 18 January 2019 17:07 (one year ago) link

I'm traveling but very much looking forward to this when I get back.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 18 January 2019 20:41 (one year ago) link

he's finally come into his own as a songwriter, not just a producer, and all the collaborations are great and well integrated unlike say that terrible RZA one from Overgrown

I've got a soft spot for this one.

CANDLE LIGHT DINNER OF FISH AND CHIPS WITH VINEGAR

triggercut, Monday, 21 January 2019 09:38 (one year ago) link

I expected it to be crap after the Colour in Anything. Pleased to say my expectations were way off. This is his best album so far. It's weird how good he's been on record thus far and I'm able to just say this new one is easily his best after just a few listens. Really a great album.

I hope Dom (maybe Kai!) from Mount Kimbie get higher profile work after this. They've been good (and only improving) for three full lengths and a bunch of EPs. Definitely co-credit Dom for the strength of Assume Form.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 21 January 2019 21:59 (one year ago) link

yeah it's quite a turn around and i agree it's his best - i still like his debut a fair bit but after revisiting it i found it falls off towards the end. surprised this got panned so hard from p4k when they published much more positive reviews for the last two far weaker albums

ufo, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 06:11 (one year ago) link

The first line of that p4k review is annoying re: "confessional" songwriting. I thought it was long established that he doesn't actually have any siblings?

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 22 January 2019 13:33 (one year ago) link

Yeah, that Pitchfork thing is just stupid.

"Suffocating seriousness" <— They're reviewing the wrong album. That was Colour in Anything.

And, I'm sorry. No album that contains the line "Ass fatter than a peach" can reasonably be accused of taking itself too seriously.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 22 January 2019 19:03 (one year ago) link

Total idiocy. Assume Form is awesome. Done talking about it.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 22 January 2019 19:03 (one year ago) link

Had this playing in the background and forgot it was on, so ... mission accomplished? But then “Can’t Believe The Way We Flow” caught my ear and pulled me back in. At least for that song.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 19:49 (one year ago) link

His covers (Feist, Joni Mitchell, etc) are great, also his singing, his production, but his actual own songs are just nothing-y, and they fall apart like a cheap suit. Maybe it's why his covers are so well known but his own stuff? Not so much. Put a gun to my head i couldn't whistle a note of any of it. They sound like a sample pack on shuffle, like.. 'Hey this might be nice when it's finished'.

piscesx, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 20:10 (one year ago) link

I know what you mean, pisces. Assume Form rectifies that, though. I think mostly, because he came out of the dubstep scene, his songs have felt aimless in the past. He was trying to be a dubstep singer / songwriter, so it was more about manipulation of sound over traditional structure. He's finally found his balance on the new one. It's easily my favorite new album since King Krule's last one.

Revisiting the Colour in Anything this morning and yeah. . . a handful of strong moments, but it's mostly just kind of rambling; which is exactly what I said about it when it was new three years ago.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 25 January 2019 17:19 (one year ago) link

And, jesus christ, fuck Justin Vernon. This song is just absolute dogshit.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 25 January 2019 17:23 (one year ago) link

Thank you piscesx I’ve been feeling insane not getting it

Prefer his non vocal stuff tbh

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Friday, 25 January 2019 17:44 (one year ago) link

Also, this little aside has made me think about what would I put on my own "best of" playlist for JB. And it's made me go back through and discover some absolutely unique and esoteric pop music. I'm thinking songs like:

'Lindisfarne'
'Retrograde'
'The Willhelm Scream'
'Overgrown'
'Modern Soul'
'Digital Lion'

And about half the new album.

I've always thought of him as someone who has ambitions to be a pop star, sell out stadiums, and win lots of awards. . . but he's just too eccentric. Like a Robert Wyatt for millennials or something.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 25 January 2019 18:50 (one year ago) link

@ piscesx, yeah, my assessment of James Blake recently was "the world's most successful songwriter whose never written a song"

tbh I enjoy his production so, so much (especially on "Digital Lion", which Austin mentioned) that he's more classic than dud for me, but I hope he develops a voice as a songwriter sometime soon

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 25 January 2019 18:57 (one year ago) link

the new album is the first time his songwriting's really done much for me consistently, it feels much stronger and more focused/less meandering than before - "into the red", "barefoot in the park", "power on", and "don't miss it" are all great songs not just great production

i like the s/t a lot still but the strength there is the production and the way he gets so much out of small melodic phrases like on "the wilhelm scream" (one of his absolute best still even though the melody is sampled from one of his dad's songs) and "i never learnt to share". i've never figured out quite what's going on rhythmically in "unluck" either

overgrown is just a bit of a mess to me, it has a lot of ideas but they don't really cohere anywhere near as well, there's a lot more focus on his weaker songwriting, and the sound design felt like a step down from the debut. i love "digital lion" and "retrograde" at least

i don't really remember much about the colour in anything at all, it's just so long and keeps the same mood the whole way through but "i need a forest fire" is really nice

ufo, Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:48 (one year ago) link

Is 'unluck' is the one with the quintuplets in the drums?

I like him as a producer first, and he's had some great moments blurring the lines between 'voice as an instrument' and 'what is a song, really?' But also some bad moments where it veers too far into singer/songwriter territory and can only be judged on those terms.

Anyway I still haven't heard the new one and I'm hoping for the best, but the EPs (and most of the 1st album) are underrated these days.

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 26 January 2019 03:31 (one year ago) link

Oh dear. I'm sorry to say that if that was the standout track on the Colour In Anything for you, the rest of the album is going to be a real challenge.

Look at it like this:

'I Need a Forest Fire' : The Colour in Anything :: 'Friday, I'm in Love' : Wish

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Saturday, 26 January 2019 03:34 (one year ago) link

Thing is he IS a star, he sold out terminal 5 few years back. I had a comp and went, thousands of Williamsburg waterfront condo types unsure of what to do, looking at phones, etc

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Saturday, 26 January 2019 18:40 (one year ago) link

And I stand by my "Robert Wyatt for millennials" in that case.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 27 January 2019 01:32 (one year ago) link

I think more David Sylvian, me

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 27 January 2019 01:34 (one year ago) link

Robert Wyatt for millennials

David Sylvian

i guess i'm gonna have to finally give this guy a listen

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Sunday, 27 January 2019 23:08 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

James Blake has written an article for world mental health day and it seems, amongst the other stuff, that he's an only-semi-reformed incel

https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2019/oct/james-blake-on-mental-health/

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 11 October 2019 11:04 (nine months ago) link

Is this not a bit... y'know https://t.co/TMrHtefy4X pic.twitter.com/UxHVVj0Y3G

— Laura Snapes (@laurasnapes) October 11, 2019

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 11 October 2019 11:04 (nine months ago) link

also how about seeing women as, idk, people, instead of a "lesson in empathy and love" pic.twitter.com/6Bg6GYQpkL

— Laura Snapes (@laurasnapes) October 11, 2019

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 11 October 2019 11:05 (nine months ago) link

that's not how i read it at all.

to me, it was pretty obvious that he is saying that in order to find external human connection, you need to have empathy and love for yourself first. and that is increasingly hard to do in a modern world that (he feels) emphasizes being "made to feel we can do anything and be anything" and pushes "understanding women as a resource rather than a lesson in empathy and love" before understanding those concepts as applied to oneself. he (presumably) applies this to women because that is his preference for a partnership.

too bad that someone can be genuinely vulnerable and express their innermost ideas and best intentions and still face shit for it.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 11 October 2019 15:57 (nine months ago) link

I'm all for expressing vulnerability and talking about your mental health problems. However, as someone who has had these problems myself I would hate for anyone to treat this as an excuse for me if I was behaving in a shitty way. His attitude towards women really needs work - and his constant self-flagellation just makes it even more about him and even less about them.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 11 October 2019 17:11 (nine months ago) link

His attitude towards women really needs work

i think he's always been the first person to say as much.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 11 October 2019 17:33 (nine months ago) link

He sort of says this, yes, but it's obvious he doesn't get why they are wrong, he keeps making everything about himself and keeps using dehumanising language about women. How about their mental health? Can we have an article from his girlfriend instead?

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 11 October 2019 17:44 (nine months ago) link

keeps using dehumanising language about women

this is across the board for him, not just women.

not saying i agree 100% with him in this regard, but he is trying to relate his own experiences to an altogether more universal sentiment. it's been a pretty constant theme through all of his music. he almost always finishes things with a "we / "our" / "us" stance. and the times he doesn't, well, he's only human.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 11 October 2019 17:52 (nine months ago) link

we got from "I'm all for expressing vulnerability and talking about your mental health problems" to "Can we have an article from his girlfriend instead?" pretty quickly!

ogmor, Friday, 11 October 2019 17:59 (nine months ago) link

Sure
https://twitter.com/jameelajamil

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 11 October 2019 18:11 (nine months ago) link

eight months pass...

i recommend crooks and lovers, the 2010 album by mount kimbie

treeship., Saturday, 27 June 2020 03:38 (two weeks ago) link

i recommend every release by mount kimbie.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Saturday, 27 June 2020 05:08 (two weeks ago) link

It's their clear peak imo

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 27 June 2020 15:17 (two weeks ago) link

And it holds up too.

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 27 June 2020 15:18 (two weeks ago) link


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