London’s Kelpe has started the day with a couple of exciting news. For once, he finally made his dream come true and founded his own label. At the moment, you can find DRUT Recordings on Facebook and Twitter. And as you might have guessed, that goes hand in hand with some new music. On April 15, a new EP with the track you can hear above will be out on vinyl. Then later in June, his new album Fourth: The Golden Eagle is set for a release.
The house-tempo Answered is also receiving the remix treatment from fellow Mr Beatnick, something to look out for!
April 3, 2013 A video for the track has premiered today, you can watch it here!
Just as I was about to feature the marvelous Neon Jung remix from the all new Kelpe release, a track I had the pleasure of hearing for a while now, XLR8R premiered this video for the tune. Like the previous live at home clips, this was filmed by Kel himself using his GoPro while travelling the world (I think I spotted Mr Beatnick for a second.)
The track is taken from the Bags of Time EP which came out earlier this week on Svetlana Industries.
October 6, 2012 To promote the new EP, Kelpe has done a guestmix for Solid Steel Radio!
I had the pleasure of running into Kelpe twice this month, one time seeing him perform a stunning live set. He’s got a new EP out on Svetlana Industries and this is the video for its title track, directed by Jonathan Lieb.
You can pick up the I Felt Fuzzy 12-inch directly from the label or record stores such as Boomkat and Rush Hour. Digital buyers still have to wait a week to get the download.
Kelpe also contributed a mixtape for the Sonic Router podcast, as he did for us a while ago.
Update You can also hear a Kelpe guestmix on tonight’s New Jerusalem show!
Okay, this isn’t really about the video, but I’ve been a fan of Kelpe‘s previous videos, so here we go.
This is actually the trailer to Cold Water Sign Language, a megamix of Kelpe tracks put together by Buddy Peace and that’s what this post is really about. It’s available as free download, so make sure to get your hands on this one.
And if you didn’t know Kelpe before, check him out!
Dear podcast contributor Kelpe is about to release a new EP for Coco Bryce label Myor. The two tracker features a brand new track with a strong 60’s electronic touch, quite different from his previous releases. On the flip is a hiphop-meet-garage vocals interpretation from Nino out of Brighton’s Donkey Pitch‘ stable.
All this will be released on 7″ and digital sometime next month. In the meantime, you might also want to check out this video for the track.
On the occasion of his latest release, the Chocolate Money EP, London based producer Kelpe sat down with us for an interview and contributed to our podcast series. Listen to some of his current favourites, music from his peers and some of his own productions.
Listen | Download | Subscribe (iTunes)01. Arp – Summer Girl
02. Dunian – Where is The Problem
03. Ichiro – Sumiyoshi
04. Prefuse 73 – Invigorate
05. Huess – A Simple Method (Beats)
06. Young Montana – Bad Day
07. DZA & Mujuice – Bullseye (Dizz1 Instrumental Remix)
08. Ghost Mutt – Sasquatch (Coco Bryce Remix)
09. All These Fingers – So Serial
10. Kelpe – Chocolate Money
11. Melkeveien vs. Nino – Yo! (Slugabed Remix)
12. Pixelord – Hypnofrog
13. Clause Four – Original Whackoff
14. Space Dimension Controller – 2EZ (Autopilots Lament)
15. Architeq – Into The Cosmos (Mr Beatnick Dub)
16. Dabrye – Smoking The Edge
17. Light Club – Scirocco Night Drive
18. Huess – I’d Rather Be The Hunter (Kelpe Remix)
You can listen to more of Kelpe’s own productions on his SoundCloud page, watch videos and download mixes from his own website. Or follow his activities on Twitter and Facebook.
With his latest EP Chocolate Money available in stores now, London based producer Kelpe not only contributed to our podcast. We also got the chance to speak to him about how he became a musician, his production methods and we take a look-out at future releases.
Maybe you can just start by introducing yourself?
I’m Kelpe, my real name is Kel McKeown, and I make instrumental electronic music and beats
Do you remember the first time you were fascinated by music?
I can’t really remember specifically the first time I enjoyed music, but I remember when I was a really young toddler sitting when my mum was playing the piano and she’d let me play the low notes at the same time she was playing. Not sure why she let me as it probably sounded awful. But the first time wanting to be involved with music was when I was a teenager, into punk bands and playing in a crap band with my friends. I’d also been messing around with an Amiga computer and a sampler but I can’t remember if that was before or after the band.
Ah, the good old Amiga!
Yeah, that was great fun, ProTracker and OctaMED. I had this computer game where you fly a plane and I found where the sound of the engine was stored and swapped it for a drum break, and when I played the game the engine would be a drum break, speeding up and slowing down with the plane, etc.
How serious where those attempts on the Amiga and what music where you into at the time?
I was into Altern8 and The Prodigy (the really early stuff) at the time of making that stuff. I was really into it, so I sort of took it seriously, although not seriuous enough to keep hold of what I made, if I heard it again -which i never will- it would probably sound pretty weak. But I used to spend a lot of time doing it, I was quite nerdy actually
So what were the influences on what you do now? Did you just keep on making music?
Making music wasn’t really a continuous process as there was a big gap from those teenage years to taking it up again years later when i went to university. So when I came back to it I was into all the electronica stuff. Warp stuff, Boards of Canada, Prefuse 73 etc.
I was going to ask you about DC Recordings, because I thought I didn’t know them. But then I figured it’s the label that brought us Tom Tyler, Octagon Man, Depth Charge and the likes, music I liked a lot when I was younger, before buying vinyl.
Well, I heard that Depth Charge album around 95 I think and loved it, I think that was quite an influential album. And I’d get excited when I found DC records in shops. […] I got involved with them around 2002, I’d been a big fan of them years before but slightly lost track of their releases, then a friend suggested sending a demo in so I did that and they were into it. After encouragement I got together the first release The People Are Trying To Sleep. I was really pleased to be on the label and ended up releasing quite a few records with them, enjoying other stuff on the label too. They haven’t done much recently but apparently they’ll be back next with with Emperor Machine and Arcadion albums.
What I love about your music, is its organic sound, especially the drums…
I record a lot of drums. Either me playing or my drummer that I play live with all the time, Chris Walmsley (from Voice of The Seven Woods). Also, I did some recording a while ago in the drummer from Stereolab’s studio with Chris playing, still got a lot of material to work through.
Are you religiously using your own sounds only or do you sample records as well?
I’m not afraid to use samples. Some people try to never use samples and I think its silly to restrict youself like that. I think the golden age of recording was the early 70s and that’s why people sample stuff from that era so much. Anyway, I like to record stuff as well. It’s a good challenge trying to get my crappily recorded stuff to fit in with nicely recorded samples. And its a massive cliche but I’ll always try to chop up a sample into something new
What else do you use in your studio?
I use Ableton, I have two Akai controllers for that, the APC40, and the MPD24. The MPD I always use live, but so does everyone else as well now, it is probably the most used thing I have. Then I got a Moog Little Phatty, which is a stupid name but it sounds good. I got another small analogue synth which sits on my desk, the Doepfer Dark Energy. That’s pretty fat but tiny. A Technics 1200, an Italia Rimini electric guitar which I love, the bass guitar I’ve had since my teenage years. Also a fairly normal looking acoustic guitar and of course a Korg Monotron, which I don’t use much, just for fun.
I also want to ask about your cover art, who have you worked with?
Scot at La Boca, they are in the same building as DC Recordings, and owned by the same person. They do great stuff. They did the sleeve for this big stadium rock band here called Muse, so last year I saw their work every time I went on the underground. The new one, Chocolate Money EP (Fremdtunes), was by a Dutch guy called Mister Adam.
That EP will be out on November 22nd, are you already working on something new?
Yeah, recently I finished a collaboration with Coco Bryce on a track for his album, also on Fremdtunes. I’ve just submitted a new track for the next Astrodynamics compilation, which sounds like its going to be a brilliant compilation. I’m working on a 7″ for Coco Bryce’s own label, MYOR, and soon to be released is a remix I did for Huess, on Inaudible Answer, that’s going to be a good 12″. Other than that I’m just working on new tracks, thinking about the next EP or album
How does that work, do you have a concept in mind or do you record tracks and see what fits together?
I just start working, maybe with a specific change of sound that’s slightly different from the last release.
Any other music you’ve been enjoying lately that you’d like to recommend?
I’ve been listening to McDonald & Giles on repeat lately but that isn’t very recent. Some recent releases I’ve been enjoying is an album by ARP called The Soft Wave, not to be confused with Arp 101 which is great too. The new Bullion record on Young Turks is great, and I’ve been enjoying the last Dosh album Tommy. Dunian has got a free EP that’s really good as well.
A year has passed since the fantastic Cambio Wechsel album was released, now Kelpe makes his return on Black Acre with four new tracks. We mentioned the video for Margins already, let’s talk a bit about at the music.
I have already expressed my love for the title track, a journey through psych rock guitar riffs, oriental music and some truly magnificient drum beats. That’s it, go buy! Oh right, there are some three more tracks and they’re definitely worth checking out. The drums stay punchy (Toy Castle!), but in come the synthesizers giving the other tracks a much more electronic feeling. All of the tracks have this playfulness in common, that makes it easy to fall in love with.A1. Margins
A2. No Film
B1. Toy Castle
B2. Taps On
To find out what this really sounds like, have a listen to the snippets below..
Pre-order the 12-inch at Juno or get the digital release from Boomkat – or ask the beat merchant of your choice.
Following his 2009 album Cambio Wechsel, London’s Kelpe is set to return with a 4-track EP on Team Acre. Below you can listen to its title track “Margins”, which is also my favourite on the release.
I love how music and video compliment each other, which is probably because Kelpe filmed the footage himself on a trip to Nevada and California. The music will be available digitally on October 4th, the vinyl will follow a week later!