K-X-P is cosmic disco space rock band from Helsinki, Finland.
Take the themes of: fear of war, paranoia, euphoria, dark sexuality and a cosmic new age and imagine them in the industrial backdrop of 1970s Sheffield and you have Timo Kaukolampi’s vision for what the fourth K-X-P album 'III Part II' sounds and looks like.
The Finnish group – the core unit of which has now long comprised of the trio: Timo Kaukolampi (electronics, vocals and the ‘K’), Tuomo Puranen (bass in studio, keyboards and the ‘P’), and alternating drummers (the ‘X’ – for the mystery) Tomi Leppänen and Anssi Nykänen (and many more) – are once again found to be breaking territory in the second part of their album III. If Part I was the brooding, rising and tension-ensconced opening act then Part II is the climatic and explosive finale that wraps up the thirteen tracks that stretches across the two releases. It’s a rare feat to be able to create a second half to something that feels both unique and of its own character as well as be something that retains coherence and conclusion but K-X-P has succeeded in doing just that.
Despite the evolution of K-X-P being such a progressive and capacious one, it’s something the group consider to be uncontrollable rather than concocted, “It is not possible to control or predict. It is random and chaotic, [considered] evolution sucks the energy from me like a leech.” Timo Kaukolampi says of the process.
From 2014’s The History of Techno EP to Part I of III being released early in 2015, the group have traversed genres with glistening grace, from ambient proto techno to juddering space rock and just about everywhere else in between. For Kaukolampi however, he views this latest sonic development as “the most rock, punk and new wave record we have ever done. It is angry and hostile but it also has beauty in it. Like a conversation between good and evil, capturing the moment when punk rockers started to use drum machines and sequencers.”
K-X-P is known for their intense, repetitive live shows with primitive drums, screams and electronic pulses.
“Intense Finnish post-Kraut / acid house hybrid” Mojo ****
"a bold dazzling leap" **** The Guardian
"a perfect synthesis of disco glitterball and skull drinking" **** Q
"a kaleidoscopic host of vintage analogue effects, choirs, walls of guitar and epic keyboard melodies" 8/10 Uncut
“their music is incredibly rhythmic, their grooves - paranoid dark disco and motorik - deep” Pitchfork
"extraordinary" 8/10 Drowned In Sound
"like Marc Bolan backed by ELP and LCD Soundsystem" The Times
"a group who've perfected an enticing blend of trippy, electronic pop-driven adventures based loosely on Krautrock sensibilities" 8/10 DJ Mag
K-X-P: 1 (2010 Smalltown Supersound)
K-X-P: 2 (2013 Melodic)
K-X-P: History Of Techno (2014 Öm/Svart)
K-X-P: III Part 1 (2015 Öm/Svart)
K-X-P: III Part 2 (2016 Öm/Svart)
K-X-P: IV (2018 TBC)