Mount Kimbie - XOYO, London
Having managed to finally get new East London venue XOYO ready, after cancelling opening night and revealing they had some problems with the PA, Mount Kimbie must have been quite nervous to be playing their very first London headline show here. But here we were in the cavernous underground lair that makes up one of XOYO's various rooms and everything seems fine.
Up first is the soul-inflected minimal techno of Samph, who seems to be just a regular guy fiddling with some keyboards. However, when he opens his mouth that all changes. Brilliantly emotional and soulful vocals soar above the clicks and whirrs he produces from his array of equipment. An inspired choice as support.
However it's the London duo that really get the crowd moving. Their debut album Crooks & Lovers is up there as one of the albums of the year, and live it comes across even better. No doubt the countless festivals and shows this year have allowed them to find an effective way of carrying their set off live; the guitar loops that circle around 'Before I Move Off' are hypnotic, taking the crowd away on a head-bobbing journey off bubbling synths and piano stabs. 'Carboinated' is populated with a disembodied female voice that adds a melodic and enchanting element to their sound, with people even attempting to sing along to her chopped up words. But it's the guitar drone intro of 'Maybes' which really impresses. Drawn out chords fill the room as the recorded versions' sample vocals are replaced by the innocent sounding voice of Kai.
Mount Kimbie have come along way this year, and tonight has shown them grow into a formidable and interesting live act.
Last updated: 18/04/2018 14:32:04