London based Dominic Maker and Kai Campos, from the fringes of dubstep, wonky and hiphop, are at the centre of raptures from the wider electronic music community. Mount Kimbie EP’s Maybes
and Sketched On Glass
, both released on Scuba’s Hotflush in 2009, made big waves, with support coming from DJs including Mary Anne Hobbs, Rob Booth, Ramadanman and Alex Incyde. Maker and Kampos are joined by James Blake for live performances.
Maker and Campos, originally from Cornwall, have been based in London/Brighton for the past three years. They began making music in a homes-studio after they met while at university in Peckham after Maker had started producing in the summer of 2007 at his parent's house outside Brighton and sent tracks to Campos.
The pair uses field recordings, made on an Edirol recorder, as basis for their productions. They’ve recorded ambient noise at Southbank, in Borough Market and at various other places in London to create a core sound in all their tracks.
Mount Kimbie got their break after sending 'a techno type track' called 'Parlux Life' to Paul Rose (aka Scuba, founder of Hotflush Records). Rose asked for more, and those tracks became the huge Maybes EP in early 2009. Soon after, the Sketch on Glass
EP came out as Hotflush’s 23rd release.
Singer, keyboard player and producer James Blake is the latest addition to Mount Kimbie. Blake’s first single, 'Air and Lack Thereof', caught the ear of Untold (after Distance played it on his Rinse.fm show’s new producer section), who signed it to his emerging Hemlock label. Blake had conventional musical training on piano, and first encountered dubstep at a >>Forward night six months before he started university. Mount Kimbie and Blake began working together after Mount Kimbie attended a night Blake was running called 'Bass Society' in New Cross.