[Patrick] Morales is Wiki, a rap moniker that sounds like a graffiti tag, formally of the trio Ratking, now among the few MCs on XL Recordings, alongside Adele, Vamp Weekend & Jamie xx. In addition to rapping, he sings and he yells, wears a baseball cap that he looks born-in, is bucktoothed and carries himself like he’s only working here and will be off the shift soon, looks longingly at the blunt on the lips of his DJ. Before ending his set, he tells anyone who knows the words to sing them along and no one does but it’s their loss: it’s “Pretty Bull,” a laser synth-lit breakbeat that’s very literally old-school: rapping about nights with his crew like nights at the Tunnel, a nightclub that Giuliani closed in 2001. You will be hard-pressed to find a New York rap record like the one that it is on, his XL debut No Mountains in Manhattan, named after a De Niro quote and full of the sound of the morning sun, humid perspiration that fills the air when the trucks come in and the real kids leave their clubs to begin the day.

These days he’s been warming up for the East London duo Mount Kimbie, an electronic act that consists of Kai Campos and Dom Maker, releases records on Warp and that, on paper, have recently ditched their post-dub/hip-hop leanings for ostensibly more “authentic” analog-ish motorik beats and whole a lotta Sounding Like Joy Division. People have eaten this up. [GIGsoup]

Mount Kimbie recently wrapped up a tour with Wiki in Wiki's hometown of NYC on Friday (5/25) at Brooklyn Steel, one day before Mount Kimbie played Boston Calling. As the review quoted above points out, Mount Kimbie brought Wiki on stage later on in their set. You can read more of that here. Pictures are in the gallery above.


photos by Mimi Hong

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