Warp Records – September 8th
Four years after their last album, Mount Kimbie’s third full-length shows the duo stripped back and more ambitious. Produced predominantly on two vintage synths – the Korg MS-20 and Korg Delta – it’s a more industrial sound than we’re accustomed to. After a hefty tour schedule their practice in live shows is clear, tracks like ‘Four Years and One Day’ and ‘Delta’ feel like an improv onstage jam. There’s hints of old Metronomy and Late of the Pier in the rhythm and guitars, and it’s in album highlights ‘Marilyn’ featuring Micachu and ‘SP12 Beat’ that they really find their groove, undulating and bright with percussion. ‘Audition’ and ‘You Look Certain (I’m Not So Sure)’ fall short, feeling flat and muddled, but overall Love What Survives is a confident body of work, ideal for letting loose and driving with the windows down.