Published October 20, 2010
Dubstep has grown from a small London niche to the predominant genre in electronic music. Alas this has meant that most stuff you’ll hear is often sub-standard techno DJs whacking an elephant anus-prolapse bass synth over tinny beats. Thank goodness that the guys of Mount Kimbie have come along to give us a different take on those syncopated beats. What ‘Crooks and Lovers’ does is replace the sweaty claustrophobia of most dubstep and cool it down an array of influences and sounds. You have the glacial R&B of ‘Would Know’, the postrock guitars and machine pulse synths of ‘Field’, while ‘Before I Move Off’ sounds like Norwegian freak folk produced by Four Tet. For those requiring a classic dubstep fix, there is the tight, skittering percussion with wobbling bass on ‘Blind Night Errand’. Crooks and lovers defies clear definition. Is it Post dubstep? Hyper wonky? Twoblokesfannyingaround? Whatever you call it, it’s the sound of a genre being torn apart and put back together with the end result sounding better than most current dubstep music out there.
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