K-X-P: III (Part One)

Cinematic ambient-techno from the Finnish ‘anti-band’.

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KXP continue to pursue dark, intense, enticingly twisty shapes; capitalising here on their considerable electronic know-how.

The pop-tinted electronica of 2013’s II (following their rockier, ‘dark disco’ debut in 2010) gives way to a heady concentration of space rock strains, ambient layers and propulsive techno beats. It streamlines everything they’ve touched on over the last few years into a filmic, kaleidoscopic experience. Evidence, if it were needed, of what progressive, profoundly atmospheric worlds can be generated under the techno umbrella. Psychic Hibernation grows from an ambient drone into a percussive, almost symphonic take on spacey Krautrock – all low resonating samples, tribal pulse and ethereal echoes. Space Precious Time builds on this with a powerful, uptempo interpretation of techno, bound in gothic post-punk sensibilities. This is all united by a prevailing mystical quality with a hypnotically beating heart, notably effective in the apocalyptic swell of Obsolete And Beyond, complete with compellingly eerie vocal cries. Imagine shamans, neon-lit nightscapes, Kraftwerk hitting an underground Helsinki rave – it makes for a woozily bewitching trip.

Polly Glass
Deputy Editor, Classic Rock

Polly is deputy editor at Classic Rock magazine, where she writes and commissions regular pieces and longer reads (including new band coverage), and has interviewed rock's biggest and newest names. She also contributes to Louder, Prog and Metal Hammer and talks about songs on the 20 Minute Club podcast. Elsewhere she's had work published in The Musician, delicious. magazine and others, and written biographies for various album campaigns. In a previous life as a women's magazine junior she interviewed Tracey Emin and Lily James – and wangled Rival Sons into the arts pages. In her spare time she writes fiction and cooks.