Avowedly cerebral homegrown rapper Mowgli has paid tribute to much-loved double act Mount Kimbie.
Mowgli’s 2010 calling-card LP 93 was perhaps prohibitively long, but it was an impressively varied full-length statement, nodding towards West coast weirdo beat music and vintage trip-hop. The rapper’s latest project is the Mont.Alk, a three-track tribute to the work of watercolour beatmakers Mount Kimbie.
Each track sees the rapper jump on a different Mount Kimbie instrumental, and lead track ‘Cadence’ sees Mowgli monkeying about over the pair’s breakthrough 2009 single ‘Maybes’. It’s a neat fit, with Mowgli free-associative brainblurt shining over Mount Kimbie’s brittle sonics. ‘Cadence’ also comes with a well-crafted video that plays like a game of tug-of-war gone severely awry.
In Mowgli’s words: “Mon.talk is not an official release, it is merely a tribute to some great producers that have inspired me in recent years. It started as a personal project, however, it grew quickly into something that I wanted to share with others as I believe it is important. The video by Lynch & Leigh and director Benjamin Winston was born as part of the natural evolution that saw this project grow from nothing, just an experiment, but turn into something larger.” [via Dummy]