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K-X-P

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Second album from the Finnish outfit, dealing in electro, krautrock, synthpop and post-punk

ADM rating[?]

7.1

Label
Melodic
UK Release date
11/02/2013
US Release date
11/02/2013
  1. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    What K-X-P are dealing in is label-less music; complex, iron-gripping sounds delivered with towering bombast. It should be a mess. It should be unlistenable. But it’s not – it’s extraordinary
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  2. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    It's so densely packed with energy and influence that it's a little overwhelming at first, but key in to the madness, and K-X-P emerge as a bizarre and utterly unique talent
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  3. 8.0 |   Clash

    An album heavyset in bottomless paranoid grooves, intense rhythms and a sense of searching for answers in the sky
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  4. 8.0 |   The 405

    A self-reflexive collection of darkly seductive, noisy music that's like the most life-affirming dirge you've ever heard
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  5. 8.0 |   Art Rocker

    Fascinating cross section of what ideas are currently coursing through the musical collective consciousness
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    12 dark, noisy tracks blessed with unexpected details. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Q

    Merges the usually exclusive sounds of old European symphonic music, Krautrock, Sheffield synth pop and disco and adds a Scandinavian sense of pagan doom. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Hymnal Finns make anthems out of acid house. Print edition only

  9. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    A shape-shifting puzzle that is as fun to pick apart as it is to simply take in and enjoy
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  10. 7.0 |   music OMH

    The balance of a big, yet primitive sound is ripe for filtering south beyond the confines of the world’s second most northern capital
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  11. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    A bold, dazzling leap towards the mainstream
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  12. 6.0 |   DIY

    It’s not trance, it’s not electro, it’s not quite orchestral – it’s not quite anything. They are a band with good ideas but unsteady appeal
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  13. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    From dub-tech and Krautrock-vroom to punky jazz and house mannerisms, K-X-P pack a lot into their dense, dark, powerful tracks
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  14. 5.0 |   NME

    While we're all for experimenting, this obviously has no place at any party
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