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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the British electronic duo of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos features guest appearances from Andrea Balency, James Blake, King Krule, and Micachu.
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Marilyn
I'm looking up at you, yeah Are you looking up at me, yeah? Our teeth are shining Teeth are shining, yeah Now I know, I know I know I do Even if it... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Sep 5, 2017
    100
    Love What Survives offers a scattergun approach to ideas, sounds and voices, and it could be their greatest record yet. With a looser grip, Mount Kimbie dip and dive through myriad musical worlds.
  2. Mojo
    Sep 1, 2017
    80
    Raw yet warm, Love What Survives has a distinctively comforting setting. [Oct 2017, p.92]
  3. Sep 8, 2017
    80
    Love What Survives won't make Mount Kimbie household names, but it finds them in a new creative space that suits them.
  4. Sep 20, 2017
    80
    The pair is further opening up its sound, exploring further possibilities that didn’t appear on its radar a few years back. The result is such an astounding record, which on one hand exists in the past, while on the other it looks forward into the future.
  5. Oct 27, 2017
    80
    It’s a gorgeous, unreal place that Mount Kimbie evokes on Love What Survives, but dissonance leaks in through the crevices.
  6. 75
    Though it may seem ironic that for all the glitches, warps and pops of their earlier material, Mount Kimbie find themselves gravitating towards the simplest of beats, Love What Survives is a close examination of how rhythm can define and alter our perceptions of electronic music.
  7. Sep 11, 2017
    60
    The record feels disjointed, but a few productions stand out as some of their most inventive yet, particularly the intricate weave of synth and organic sounds on James Blake collaborations We Go Home Together and How We Got By.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Sep 12, 2017
    9
    Electronic music is not my forte by any means, but this piece of work has stood out. The synths create an aura of passion that can only beElectronic music is not my forte by any means, but this piece of work has stood out. The synths create an aura of passion that can only be described as genuine transcendence illuminated by pain and exploitation. Coupled with the synths are sparse minimalist vocals that create a haunting yet illuminating effect, while gravitating towards conceptual harmony. This is truly an awe-inspiring piece of work the warrants your attention, but the artists would't give a damn if you willingly chose to forgo this masterpiece- because they've done their duty! Will you? Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2017
    9
    Excellent album that incorporates synths organs and guitars to create this nuanced musical landscape that ranges from the punky gritty blueExcellent album that incorporates synths organs and guitars to create this nuanced musical landscape that ranges from the punky gritty blue train lines to the dreamy marilyn to the hauntingly beautiful how we got by. The melodies are refreshingly vibrant and colourful with subtle textures that don't overload the ears but instead fill them up and immerse you I hope mount kimbie get the attention they deserve for this album because albums that take you out of your comfort zone and actually try to push music in some form are becoming increasingly rare to come by. Expand
  3. Oct 12, 2017
    7
    The soundscape was key here, being the one true element of the music that had a stamp of individuality and created some frighteninglyThe soundscape was key here, being the one true element of the music that had a stamp of individuality and created some frighteningly interesting songs with the odd yet somehow tranquil instrumental combinations, but without anything else really succeeding in the overall audacity of the work, especially the prominent yet meager melodic layers, this was nothing more than a nice passing fancy. My Score: 121/180 (Good) = 6.7/10 Expand
  4. Dec 7, 2017
    3
    Mount Kimbie are basically a third-rate Four Tet, with some James Blake mixed in for bad measure. Love What Survives is pretty bad, mostlyMount Kimbie are basically a third-rate Four Tet, with some James Blake mixed in for bad measure. Love What Survives is pretty bad, mostly because of the vocals. I honestly can't tell what they were going for with the vocals; they make the tracks worse, not better. This album would be better if it were all instrumental but, even then, it would still be kind of jarring and annoying. I highly recommend Four Tet over this mess. Expand

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