– STREAMS NEW TRACK ‘CALUMET’
– ANNOUNCES LONDON SHOW
– ALBUM ‘THE CURVED LINE‘ DUE AUGUST 28TH
– BOILER ROOM SESSION ONLINE NOW
With less than a month until the release of his forthcoming album ‘The Curved Line’, Kelpe, aka, Kel McKeown unveils new track ‘Calumet’ from the record. The album is due Aug 28th via his own label DRUT Recordings and will be available on double vinyl & download. Kelpe will be playing at The Waiting Room in London on Sept 17th.
‘Calumet’ is a hard-hitting mix of driving loops, immersive synths & propulsive drum patterns, showcasing a further glimpse of what is to be expected from the upcoming release.
You can also catch Kelpe’s recent Boiler Room Mexico session here:
Further to his upcoming album, Kelpe made a free track ‘Hekla Prays’ for Italian label Bad Panda Records, which is available to download here:
A natural son and heir to Generation Warp and the fathers of Krautrock, his pioneering experiments in the early ’00s also positioned him as one of many stylistic precursors to the arrival of LA’s now-sprawling beat scene. Much like scene-savants Prefuse 73 and Dimlite, Kelpe has remained an enormously respected stalwart of the fringes, always dabbling variously in sample-heavy beat-craft, oddball ambient, and – more recently – dancefloor-ready club grub.
As ever, Kelpe presides over a delicate union of the electronic and the organic. ‘Chirpsichord’ is a neat embodiment of the album’s openers – a loping slice of soft bubbling arpeggios and shifting loops. ‘Calumet‘ runs harder with the same themes – driving loops into a club headspace clapped with big drums and droning synths. The record pauses for breath here and there, shoehorning skittish sound experiments like ‘Red Caps of Waves’ and the delicately exotic ‘Morning Two’. After tosses and surprise turns, the album finishes dramatically on ‘Incantation’ – a thumping beat workout followed by a deep and whirring coda that seems only achievable if you’ve been noodling with sound hardware for over a decade.
Ultimately, ‘The Curved Line’ is Kelpe’s most urgent yet – a mature soundworld full of glowing club experiments, bounding chords and mellow interludes. There’s more analogue synths, skittish surprises and white noise – and the signature warmth still remains in spades. All said and done, it’s definitive Kelpe.
See Kelpe live:
Sept 17th – The Waiting Room, LONDON
‘The Curved Line’ tracklist: