Kelpe - Cambio Wechsel Album Review

Kelpe Cambio Wechsel Album

Review of Cambio Wechsel Album by Kelpe

Review of Kelpe's album Cambio Wechsel

Loughborough wanderer Kel McKeown, aka Kelpe, has returned to the studio to sneak his way back onto the scene. Discovered and outed in 2003 by DC Recordings 'Cambio Wechsel' is McKeown's third album. Now not that he's not had his fair share of fans, but Kelpe has never had the kind of praise you'd expect. His beats are handcafted masterpieces that bring the whole sound to a more tangible medium. It sometimes sounds asif McKeown has drafted himself a band to record with. No mean fete.

Opening track Decopression Introduction sounds like Four Tet revisiting Pause and polishing of each sound to its crispest. Despire this, there's no mistaking Kelpes use of stripped down synth. Fluttering bleeps and bloops echo into The Blankout Agreement. A simple drum loop with a sometimes mismatched, meandering synth, the percussion gently builds. It suddenly occurs to me that whilst Kelpe has managed to forge his own sound, he's also managed to straddle some of the most cutting edge dancefloor sounds. Managing to infuse hip-hop and electronica as well as rookie genre Wonky and cliq-hop. There are times where I find myself wondering why artists like Flying Lotus and Rustie are so popular, and yet Kelpe struggles to find place.

A few fuzzy basslines and fidgety basslines later and I'm hooked. The breaks, the lowend buzzes and the jazz. It's all here. After Gold sounds like McKeown has rewritten Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones and managed to keep Micky and the prunes out of the picture.

Now we get to Microscope Contents, the only track on Cambio Wchsel that I have any reservation about. Its not because its not a good tune. For my money this sounds like Luke Vibert, but that's just it. It sounds like Luke Vibert, not Kelpe. I like minimal acid house as much as the next guy, but Its not until past 2 minutes in the song that McKeown makes himself known. A shame, but not a tragedy. This track would've been better as a b-side.

Kudos to Mr. McKeown. He's forged forward in this new release. Acquired himself peers such as Bibio, Four Tet, Vibert and J Dilla (RIP). Not bad going for a water loving man from a landlocked city.

Thom Holmes




Official Site - http://www.kelpe.co.uk


Editors Recommendations

Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'?

The Cannes Film festival is sneaking up fast. The Oscars felt like they were 8 minutes ago...

Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'?

CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast

Next weekend's CounterPoint Festival will be the event's first year at a new 5000-acre site, featuring...

CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Not Perfect, But Really, Really Fun

Superhero movies have been striving towards the almost unobtainable goal set...

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Not Perfect, But Really, Really Fun

Ricky Gervais is "Hooked" on David Brent Again - Former Paper Merchant To Return

A return for David Brent has been mooted ever since the character was wheeled...

Ricky Gervais is

This Labor Day, Jay Z Is Bringing "Made In America" To Downtown Los Angeles

Jay Z and the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti have announced that the rapper’s...

This Labor Day, Jay Z Is Bringing

Anna Wintour wants 'more exclusive' Met Ball 2014

The editor-in-chief of US VOGUE magazine is reportedly determined for the annual...

Anna Wintour - Anna Wintour wants 'more exclusive' Met Ball 2014

'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original

The comedy classic 'Mrs. Doubtfire' is reportedly set to return to the big-screen...

'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original

'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd

Of Mice And Men premiered on Broadway last night, giving critics a chance to cast...

'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'

Sofia Vergara has been speaking about her nerves at shooting a ménage a trois with...

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'


More recommendations

Comments

Kelpe Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Kelpe

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All