Over the past half decade the pair have taken parallel paths: Kai Campos dove deep into avant-garde club and electronic music, while Dom Maker has collaborated with world-renowned vocalists in the fertile LA scene.
Coming back together for this double album, they offer new insight into the two sides of their sound. MK 3.5: Die Cuts | City Planning is an engrossing yin-and-yang exercise that infuses Mount Kimbie with a vivid new palette of sounds and influences, setting the stage for their future collaborations.
Kai’s side, City Planning, is a wild, warped and loopy, the album twists avant-garde signifiers from on and off the dancefloor into a deft and refined statement. Its sleek beats and stuttering arpeggios are caked with scuzz and personality.
Meanwhile the other side, Die Cuts, was heavily influenced by Dom’s move to LA. Nostalgic nods to home - gulls referencing his seaside upbringing, for instance - overlap with the sounds of his LA life. A compelling narrative quality, meanwhile, reflects his lifelong love of short stories. Die Cuts counts numerous collaborators from the hip hop and r&b scene that he’s managed to cultivate since his move to the west coast.
MK 3.5: Die Cuts | City Planning shows how Dom and Kai have grown over the past decade, and demonstrates the two sides of Mount Kimbie’s aesthetic coin. Kai’s side is tactile and unpredictable, the product of a bold aesthetic voyage; Dom’s is colourful and melody-led, thriving on the spark of collaboration. The two sides complement each other through their contrasts. But in other ways they’re not so different. Both artists present a unique vision which stands apart from their peers; neither side could have been made by anyone but Mount Kimbie.
Listen to both albums here.