K-X-P is the work of Timo Kaukolampi and Tomi Leppänen, two Finland-based electronic artists. This, their six album, was recorded just as they do their live shows: "No headphones, just loud monitors blasting the synths and beat boxes," they explain. "Usually we make records in a studio, then after it's finished we learn and rehearse the tracks and hit the road. This time we made the core of the record and started to play it live pretty much immediately after first drafts. We wanted to do things differently, to get the music in our muscle memory before recording anything."
We're told that the raw energy of this approach is palpable on the record. The driving rhythms charge with purpose whilst the synth work washes over sections in giant engulfing waves, and beats collide in rocketing harmony. Whilst the record is thoughtful and doesn’t succumb to easy euphoria, it paces forward with intent and a sonic vigour that would hit audiences as hard as their live shows do.
In advance of the album's May 17 release, you can download "Nimetön Tie (3rd Part)" via the WeTransfer button below, or here for EU readers due to temporary GDPR restrictions.
Meanwhile, you can pre-order the album here.