Mount Kimbie: Interview

To our delight, British minimal-electro duo Mount Kimbie are heading back to Australia next month for a few shows. Ahead of this though, we invaded Kai Campo‘s South London morning for a chin-wag.

It’s almost been two years since the release of debut record Crooks & Robbers. Have you been overwhelmed by the response?
It’s been great. We started recording it nearly three years ago now so it’s actually been part of our lives for quite a while. It seems to have been a bit of a slow burner – we’ve found that some people are listening to it for the first time now.

Getting psyched for your Australian tour?
I’m really looking forward to it. I need to actually pack for Russia, Japan and Australia which is kind of crazy. Maybe I’ll take a bunch of cold clothes for Russia and throw them away when I get to Australia [laughs].

Do you two travel well together?
Pretty well. On the last tour – when we did Australia, USA, UK and Europe – we spent a lot of time together and it’s just knowing when to give each other some space. We weren’t sitting at opposite ends of the plane or anything [laughs].

Are you listening to any albums by other artists at the moment?
When we go into writing-mode, I tend to shut everything else off. I like to avoid all outside influences. However, we were at SXSW recently and saw a group called Kindness who are from the UK. They have a really awesome sound, so I’d be listening to that, if I wasn’t writing [laughs].

How’s the new material coming along?
Really well. We want to do something different this time around. Not too sure how it’s all going to translate yet but today is actually our first practice with a bunch of new stuff. Hopefully, we’ll play some new tracks in Australia, which will be a lot of fun.

Can we expect a new album this year?
Not an album but definitely an EP, or two [laughs]. We’ll hopefully have the album ready for release next year. We also have a few collaborative things in the works, which I’m not allowed to talk about just yet [laughs].

As mentioned above, the boys will be back in the country for a few shows this May:

Wednesday, May 2 – The Hifi, Brisbane
Thursday, May 3 – The Hi Fi, Melbourne
Friday, May 4 – The Hi Fi, Sydney

We leave you with the music video which launched our audible romance with Mount Kimbie. Here’s ‘Before I Move Off’:

MountKimbie.com

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Beach House: Lazuli [New Music]

If you’ve been gagging for new Beach House, gag no more! Here is ‘Lazuli’:

‘Lazuli’ is the second track off Bloom, their much anticipated forthcoming record, which will be out on May 15 via Sub Pop. Keep an eye out for a special single release on Record Store Day (April 21/today).

Before you take off, listen to previously released track ‘Myth’:

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Friday MixTape #89

We want to make you sweat. Sweat till you can’t sweat no more.

Track-listing:

1. Is Tropical – Lies
2. Only Children – Don’t Stop  [Bit Funk Remix]   
3. 
Midnight Magic – Drop Me A Line  [Holy Ghost Remix] 
4. 
Alexander Holland – City Full Of Lights  [Gigamesh Remix]   
5. 
Sam Sparro – I Wish I Never Met You  [Alison Wonderland Remix] 
6.
 Robert Glasper Experiment – Move Love  [KREAP’s Body & Soul Massage]  
7. 
Grateful Dead – Shakedown Street  [Tommie Sunshine & Figure EC$TACY Edit]     
8.
 Les Loups – Save the Night    
9.
 Monkey Safari – Make You Sweat     
10. 
Loot & Plunder – Thinkin’ Bout Your Body (Makes Me Sweat)   
11.
Bibio – Lovers Carvings  [Bruno Be & Eddie M Remix]   
12.
Mickey – Love For Sale (ft. Monarchy)  [Jeremy Glenn Remix] 
13.
Amtrac – Came Along  [Amtrac Summer Remix]
14. Hot Chip – Night And Day
15. St. Lucia – Closer Than This  [Viceroy Remix]
16. Punks Jump Up – Mr Overtime (ft. Dave 1)  [Oliver Remix]
17. Bon Iver – Perth  [Avec Sans Cover]
18. Reptile Youth – Speeddance

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Jack White: Freedom at 21 [New Music]

Jack White decided to release latest single ‘Freedom at 21’ in an UP-inspired fashion.

To the dismay of environmentalists, the 7” single was strapped to a butt-load of helium balloons and released into the atmosphere. Apparently, only 10% of the balloons would’ve been recovered, which means that 30 singles have actually found an owner.


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The track is from Blunderbuss, his upcoming debut solo LP. Score it on April 23 via Third Man, Jack’s own label .

Jack White will reach Australia in July for annual Winter music festival Splendour In The Grass.

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Splendour in the Grass: 2012 Line-up

After months of speculation, the line-up for Splendour in the Grass 2012 has arrived! The three-day Winter festival is returning to Belongil Fields, Byron Bay sporting a line-up of major heavyweights. Without further adieu, here’s the initial list of acts:

Jack White
The Shins
Bloc Party
Smashing Pumpkins
At The Drive-In
Miike Snow
Gossip
Lana Del Rey
Azealia Banks
The Kooks
Metric
Explosions In The Sky
Tame Impala
Ladyhawke
Electric Guest
Missy Higgins
Wolfmother
Kimbra
Here We Go Magic
Parachute Youth
Gypsy & The Cat
Last Dinosaurs
Youth Lagoon
Muscles
Angus Stone
Zulu Winter
The Beautiful Girls
Tijuana Cartel
Wolf & Cub
Gossling
Hilltop Hoods
Spiderbait
Big Scary
Chet Faker
Dirty Three
360
The Afghan Whigs
Mudhoney
Band Of Skulls
Django Django
San Cisco
DZ Deathrays
Howler
Lanie Lane
Fun
Michael Kiwanuka
Seekae
Friends
Yacht Club Dj’s
Bertie Blackman
Jinja Safari
Blue King Brown
Pond
Ball Park Music
The Rubens
Ben Howard
Bleeding Knees Club
The Medics
Shihad
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Husky
Kate Miller-Heidke
Father John Misty
Emma Louise
Mosman Alder
The Cast Of Cheers

DJs:
Beni
Sampology
Canyons
Nina Las Vegas
Danny T
Alison Wonderland
Nice and Ego
Flume
Gloves
Luke Million
Harris Robotis
Alley Oop

Tickets:
THREE-DAY (Friday to Sunday inclusive) = $350 + booking fees
SINGLE DAY (Friday or Saturday or Sunday) = $135 + booking fees
On sale 9AM Friday, April 27 from SplendourInTheGrass.com

Official trailer below:

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Electric Guest: Interview

Ahead of the release of their Danger Mouse-produced debut record, we had a very relaxed chat with LA-based indie duo Electric Guest. At the time of call, Asa Taccone was in an LA park, and Matthew Compton was in the studio. We managed to weasel out of them confirmation of a Splendour in the Grass set.

So, apparently we’re having a three-way.
Yeah, it’s super weird. Let’s hope it doesn’t get too awkward [both laugh].

Mondo is due out very soon. Are you getting excited?
Asa: Yeah, man. This is going to sound really cheesy but it’s so weird when your dreams come true. All of a sudden you’re thinking: “holy shit, this is actually happening.” I have to admit, I think both of us have been getting increasingly more excited.

Matthew: I totally agree. I keep thinking too, with all of these packed-out shows we are playing, I can’t wait until all of these people actually know all of the songs. That’s going to be so much better!

We did do this one show to about 30 people and there was a girl down the front that was actually singing the words to our songs. That was really awesome for me.

How did you manage to get Danger Mouse involved in the album?
Asa: We actually paid him $170,000 US. Kidding!

We’ve known him for a long time. I used to call my brother when he was in college and play him some of my songs. One day he said “you should play that for my friend.” That’s when Brian (Danger Mouse) got on the phone and listened to a couple of tracks and liked it. I ended up moving into his house in LA where he mentored me for a bit. After years of mentoring, he asked me if I wanted to do an album. That’s when we got in the studio.

How was SXSW?
Asa: Very cool. On the first day, bands have to register and it’s crazy because there are over 2,000 registrants. All the hopes and dreams of these fucking people are exactly the same. It’s hard to not freak out a bit.

Matthew: The BBQs were great! We got to play at a Jack White party that was really fucking cool.

Can we expect to see you in Australia any time soon?
Matthew: Yeah, we’re going to be there in July. Would that be for Splendour In The Grass?  Yeah, it is. How did you know? Any band coming to Australia at that time of year is sure to be playing at Splendour. I’ve never been to Australia before so I’m super excited. It’s going to be awesome.

Check out extremely catchy track, ‘American Daydream’:


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Lastly, bop along to ‘Troubleman’:


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Electric Guest’s debut record Mondo is set for an April 24 release.

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Hot Chip: Night And Day [New Music]

Loveable electro nerds Hot Chip offer-up another new track from forthcoming album In Our Heads. ‘Night and Day’ is reminiscent of their classic dance-floor hit ‘Over And Over.’ In the words of Alexis Taylor, we’ll now quit our “jibber-jabber”:

In Our Heads will be available on June 12 through Domino Records. Pre-order now.

The ‘Night and Day’ single release will align with this year’s Record Store Day which will feature remixes from The 2 Bears and Daphni (aka Caribou), along with non-album track ‘Jelly Babies’.

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