London based electronic marvel Kelpe celebrates ten years of sonic boundary pushing with his new LP ‘Fourth: The Golden Eagle’ on his brand new label DRUT.
Kelpe began his musical foray in 2003, releasing his first 12: EP ‘The People Are Trying To Sleep’, on the legendary DC Recordings label. His debut LP ‘Sea Inside Body’ of 2004 was heralded by The Wire as “one of the most engrossing listens in recent electronic music,” and this was followed four years later by 2008’s ‘Ex-Aquarium’, both released on D Recordings. Third offering – the wobbly, warped and wonderful ‘Cambio Wechsel’, with its spiralling technicolour cover – came out in 2009, also on DC Recordings. Trailing the live circuit from California to Lithuania alongside diverse acts such as Aphex Twin, Ghostpoet, Squarepusher and Daedelus, Kelpe has made a name for himself both as an explosive solo act and as a duo with long time collaborator Chris Walmsley (Gruff Rhys, Neon Neon, Psapp). Setting to work with a selection of analogue synths – the Ableton aficionado and purveyor of warped, cut ‘n’ spliced cliq-hop beats has delivered a handcrafted, 10-track masterpiece of an album which draws upon the strengths of his previous three. It’s softer, warmer and more graceful than 2009’s ‘Cambio Wechsel’, with a strong melodic element, and one which will secure his place in the canon of post-IDM greats.
Kelpe says of the LP: “On the whole, I was trying to make the warmest and most analogue sounding thing I’ve done, and I think it came out best on ‘Answered.’ The rest of the LP, in a way, is an extended build up to that favourite track on the record, which in itself was an opportunity to take leave of everything preceding it and go off on an epic trip.”