Mount Kimbie’s excellent Crooks and Lovers burrowed so deeply in my regular rotation that I didn’t noticed that I hadn’t formally reviewed it until I placed in my albums of the year list. And in retrospect, I should have placed it higher because I still listen to it with regularity. The album is an inventive take on dubstep hallmarks by being more interested in mood and atmosphere than impressive bass sonics and general danceability. Now comes work that the pair is releasing a new EP entitled Carbonated, which will feature the Crooks and Lovers standout, a slew of “Carbonated” remixes, and a handful of unreleased tracks. One of those new unreleased tracks, “Baves Chord,” was wisely left off the album because it certainly would have fit better on the Maybes or Sketch on Glass extended players, records that seemed more experimental than the feature length album. The track in question, though, is an understated dub plate that features some wonderful vocal manipulation and instrumentation. The layers of processing make a little difficult to name any particular instrument, but that shivering acoustic guitar and the cavernous snap of a snare are pretty unmistakeable. With Carbonated, it’s likely that Mount Kimbie is going to remain on everyone’s radar of essential listens for the third straight year.
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