Aside from holding it down producing and playing some of the most electrifying modern dance music in recent years with his brother in arms Julian Hamilton, Kim has all the while been quietly toiling away on an array of wondrous solo experiments that have slowly seen release in limited and eclectic fashion.
Selected Jerks 2001-2009 perfectly encapsulates the gamut of musical and personal evolution that Kim has run, from the wide-eyed boy fresh from music school in 2001, through the thrilling trajectory his day job in The Presets has taken since beginning in 2003, on to his current role, as a kind of modern day rave patron.
Produced in the same said time period, Selected Jerks 2001-2009 acts as a musical clearing of the slate, a collection of nine years of artistic exploration bundled up and set loose, paving way for future expeditions deep into inner and outer space. Deep into the rave cave.
The sounds too capture a kind of Jekyll and Hyde personality at work over the years, with those tracks obviously aimed squarely at the dancefloor perfectly offset by a series of wistfully melancholy, downbeat dreamsuites. Tracks like Wet ‘n Wild and Fistogram still sound perfectly primed for any discerning dancefloor, and added to these monsters is an updated version of System Breakdown and a brilliantly brutal minimal techno number called No Imagination that perfectly exemplifies one side of Kim today.
On the flipside is the more downtempo, curious side to Kim’s work, from the spastic drum machine meltdown of Tools Of The Trade, the open-field lope of Gold Rush and Tired Of Wasting, the misty eyed romanticism of Be Home Soon, and the stunningly mesmerizing atmosphere of Out Here In The Stratosphere. Combined, these two seemingly disparate approaches make for a beautifully balanced overview of one individual’s musical landscape.
From previous releases on Cutters, Bang Gang 12″s, Japanese label Rallye and of course Modular, Selected Jerks 2001-2009 collects the known party starters alongside some stunning reworks by the likes of Midnight Juggernauts, Tomboy, Bag Raiders and more.
Selected Jerks 2001-2009 will hit stores, of the bricks and mortar and digital kind, on October 30. KIM will also be taking on a national DJ tour in support of this musical clearing of the slate, dates below with support by Beni.
KIM NATIONAL LAUNCH TOUR 2009 Supported by Beni
Friday 30th Oct – Neverland, Gold Coast
Saturday 31st Oct – Arcade, Adelaide
Friday 6th Nov – Villa, Perth
Thursday 12th Nov – Club4Play, Geelong
Friday 13th Nov – Sorry Grandma, Melbourne
Saturday 14th Nov – Monastery, Brisbane
Friday 20th Nov – Oxford Arts Factory
Selected Jerks 2001-2009 album out October 30