K-X-P is a trio from Helsinki headed by Timo Kaukolampi, who was also the man behind Op:l Bastards and The Lefthanded. The band is comprised of Kaukolampi (electronics, vocals), Tuomo Puranen (bass and keyboards) and rotating drummers Anssi Nykänen and Tomi Leppanen. Blending electronics, krautrock, noise and retro-futuristic soundscapes into hypnotic, gripping tracks, the band sounds unabashedly teutonic.
K-X-P had its genesis in 2006 when Kaukolampi gave Smalltown Supersound some demos of a new project he was working on, and the label encouraged him to pursue the idea. The group's eponymous album was finally released by in the summer of 2010.
The musical background of K-X-P’s other members is broad, from the free jazz fusion of Pekka Pohjola, of which Anssi Nykänen was a member, and Jimi Tenor, with whom Tuomo Puranen played, to the Kraftwerky cartoon pop of Tomi Leppanen’s former band Aavikko. Timo Kaukolampi is otherwise known as the main producer and co-writer for the Norwegian pop princess Annie.
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