Love What Survives

Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives
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Based on 26 reviews
2017 Ratings: #235 / 883
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Based on 291 ratings
2017 Ratings: #126
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The Skinny

For their third LP, Mount Kimbie have lost that previously razor sharp focus. Love What Survives offers a scattergun approach to ideas, sounds and voices, and it could be their greatest record yet.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Love What Survives is a revelation — a summation of their work to-date without specific precedent for any individual track.

The duo’s music was always full of the small details, but they now conspire toward something bigger.
Loud and Quiet

Three albums in with ‘Love What Survives’, they’re moving forward once again with a floating mix of motorik beats, woozy pop and some solid vocal collaborations.


Some might be disappointed that, for now, they’ve moved further away from dance music. But in the process, they’ve made a bewitching kind of music that’s uniquely their own.

Crack Magazine

Sure, the bar may have been set lower this time, but there’s no question that Love What Survives reinstates Mount Kimbie’s reputation as credible musical innovators.

The Guardian

On their third album, the band’s instrumentals radiate wit and warmth, like mid-80s New Order sloshing around in a sun-kissed sea – but it’s as a foil to some of Britain’s most idiosyncratic artists that Mount Kimbie really prove their mettle.

Resident Advisor

Love What Survives won't make Mount Kimbie household names, but it finds them in a new creative space that suits them.


It’s more of a slow burner – not so instantly gratifying as previous works – but the atmosphere of these tracks really gets beneath you. It’s their most affecting work to date by some stretch.


Ultimately, Mount Kimbie strip away any musical excess on Love What Survives, and leave raw vivid emotion.

Under The Radar
With four guest vocalists, each with very different ranges and vocal sentiments, Mount Kimbie have done well to piece together a tight album from what otherwise could very quickly have become a disparate collection of tracks.
On each listen ‘Love What Survives’ is a record full of raw honesty, both musically and artistically, and is worth your undivided attention.
Despite elements of the previous records having survived in the process, 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.
No Ripcord

Never does it hide the duo’s own merits, as they embrace a more vibrant form of beat-driven electronica that also functions in a rock context with collaboration at its heart. 

FLOOD Magazine

What makes Love What Survives the duo’s strongest work to date, however, isn’t their use of high profile guests. Instead, this is the first time Mount Kimbie has turned their brilliant sketches into monumental songs.

A.V. Club

A record that scans more like a playlist—an expertly curated “Late-Night London” mix linked by general atmosphere and autobiographical connection—rather than an individual work of art.

Northern Transmissions
In a world where (post-)dubstep seems to have been wiped clean from every iPod and Spotify playlist, Mount Kimbie is making music for a new era, marrying their talent for engaging, propulsive instrumentals with a generous helping of young British talent.
The Line of Best Fit

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.


There's nothing here that really grabs you on the first listen, but return to the record a few times and you'll end up carrying songs like the aforementioned "Marilyn" and "T.A.M.E.D" around with you for days.

Drowned in Sound

There are parts of Love What Survives that you’ll want to dive straight back into again ... and then others that are a little more ephemeral. One thing that is true throughout though: Mount Kimbie continue to broaden their scope and push the bounds of we can expect from them as a band.

The 405
Let’s hope Mount Kimbie strike a better balance between showing off themselves and their friends next time around.
The Observer

As tracks quickly pivot between ragged indie rock, melodic dance music and wistful, tinkly tunes, the record feels disjointed, but a few productions stand out as some of their most inventive yet.

Spectrum Culture
Mellow music makes sense. Ambient music takes you places and shows you things or rolls in a fog which can inspire enriching thoughts. This album has none of that, it just provides track after track of producers idling and noodling their way through things they find interesting but that probably don’t belong on a record.
Good good
Blue Train Lines (feat. King Krule) is the best punk song since White Light / White Heat
Really wish I had paid attention to this album when it came out. Best Mount Kimbie record by far. Raises the bar for any forward-thinking electronic record.

Love What Survives definitely has what makes Kimbie interesting: intricately crafted and well-produced electronic tracks which present some fresh ideas, however, that within itself is not something that will make a whole album great, that's where Love What Survives succeeds. Along with their more traditional tendencies, Mount Kimbie ... read more
Labeling this album as simply an electronic album wouldn’t be doing it any justice. Although it is primarily instrumental aside from a few exceptions (King Krule appears on a standout track), this feels more like a complete act driven by rhythmic synths. Whatever it is, it works.
With this album, Kimbie have completed a fantastic trilogy of records which solidifies their discography as one of the strongest of any electronic outfit this millennium. Building more on the live instrumentation of their second LP rather than the sample-driven focus of the first, the duo go for ethereal compositions this time that swirl and crescendo and then sit and simmer, hitting all the right notes at the right times. Most of the tracks are truly wondrous listens. Kimble generally know ... read more
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Track List

  1. Four Years and One Day
  2. Blue Train Lines (feat. King Krule)
  3. Audition
  4. Marilyn (feat. Micachu)
  5. SP12 Beat
  6. You Look Certain (I’m Not So Sure) [feat. Andrea Balency]
  7. Poison
  8. We Go Home Together (feat. James Blake)
  9. Delta
  10. T.A.M.E.D
  11. How We Got By (feat. James Blake)
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Added on: July 12, 2017