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Concert preview: Mount Kimbie @ Republic 10/17/13

Mount Kimbie
Who: Mount Kimbie with Jonwayne and D33J

Where: Republic (828 S Peters St)

When: 10/17/13

Price: $13 advance, $15 at the door

For fans of: Radiohead, The xx, James Blake, Flying Lotus, Earl Sweatshirt, MF DOOM, RJD2

This Thursday, Republic hosts three groups that offer a different take on electronic music from the usual bass-heavy DJs who currently dominate the scene. This is music more suited for late-night drives than all-night dance parties.

Mount Kimbie is the British duo of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos, but the songs and sounds these guys create sound like transmissions from an alternate electronic universe. Sometimes termed “post-dubstep,” Mount Kimbie’s sound has little resemblance to the bone shattering drops of most modern DJs, and instead falls within the sonic realm of The xx and James Blake (who was, at one time, a touring member of the band).

The group’s second album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, is a surreal mix of field recordings, distorted synthesizers, and hypnotic swirls of sound that seem to float at the edge of consciousness. On Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, the duo create beautiful sound collages, such as the overlapping melodies of “Fall Out,” and mournful ballads, such as “Sullen Ground,” resulting in tracks that sound like lost Radiohead B-sides. A hip hop tone also emerges on the album through the guest appearance of singer/rapper/guitarist King Krule, who contributes his distinctive Cockney drawl to two tracks.

California rapper/producer Jonwayne has been building a steady following since 2011, and his upcoming show in New Orleans will definitely earn him some new fans. Jonwayne’s futuristic beats have gotten the attention of beatmaker Flying Lotus and indie rapper Earl Sweatshirt, but his distinctive voice got him signed to Stones Throw Records, which will release his debut album as an MC on October 29. If the buzz is to be believed, Jonwayne may soon rise to the top of the alternative hip hop world.

D33J will start the night off with his smooth instrumental songs that feel perfectly suited for a rainy day. By manipulating vocal samples and layering gentle beats, D33J gets your body moving in a way that feels both relaxing and exciting.

All three of these artists offer a different take on electronic music, from hip hop to instrumentals to more traditional pop songs, and bring a sound not often heard in these parts. Check out the show at Republic on Thursday for something completely different from the usual music heard here, in the Crescent City.

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Shane Colman writes about music for NolaVie. Email him at [email protected] Follow him on [email protected] and on Instagram at shawncoolman.