Mount Kimbie | The Ritz | Thursday 7 November

401090_10201094372942343_1163400207_nFormed by Kai Compos and Dominic Maker in 2008, there are few that have defined the sonic landscape of the past four years as much as Mount Kimbie. Often credited with creating ‘post-dubstep’ with early demos, EPs and their debut album Crooks & Lovers, the truth is that they’ve always had too much depth and intelligence to be bound by such tight pigeonholing. Vice awarded that LP a perfect score, saying it “stands out as something genuinely special’, a sentiment backed up by places on the album of the years lists of esteemed publications such as Dummy (1st place), Drowned in Sound (17th) and NME (56th), as well as acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork (8/10), iDJ (10/10), Mixmag (4/5) and Loud & Quiet (9/10).

Mount Kimbie – Would Know on YouTube

Signing to Warp Records last year, the band refused to be fazed by their early success, instead creating an even greater triumph with Cold Spring Fault Less Youth. Variously called “Bigger and bolder than their 2010 debut Crooks & Lovers” (Guardian, 4/5), “Ruthless in their pursuit of greatness” (NME, 8/10) and “[Seeping] with a distant brilliance” (Clash, 9/10), the record features two tracks alongside wunderkind King Krule and acts as a snapshot of a band far above the level of the various imitators that sprung up in their absence.

Tickets are £12.50 advance and available through www.seetickets.com

PINS | Deaf Institute | Friday 13 December

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Formed sometime during 2011, PINS have spent the past two years testing their limits as a band. Starting out with a limited edition gold cassette that sold out within minutes – released on their own Haus of PINS label – they have since moved on to booking shows, printing their own zines and, of course, releasing their debut album. Sharing similar drawl and fuzz to that of Thee Oh Sees, teamed with the more pop sensibilities of Hooded Fang, the band followed up their early hype by signing to Bella Union last year, marked with the release of their first EP, LUVU4LYF.

PINS – Girls Like Us on YouTube

Their album, Girls Like Us, marks a slight change from the band’s early garage aesthetic – the edges not as rough, but with still retaining the same anger and verve as before. Drowned in Sound perhaps summed it up best by declaring “PINS have produced one of the most striking guitar debuts of 2013” (8/10), something backed up by reviewers at Uncut (8/10), The 405 (7.5/10), Clash (7/10), musicOMH (7/10) and Drowned in Sound (8/10).

Tickets are £8 advance and are available through www.skiddle.com