Label: Smalltown Supersound Release date: 20/07/10 Link: Official Site Buy: Amazon Krautrock is not dead, it just smells funny. Forget about your Can, Amon Düül, Neu!, Guru Guru, and the like, for a new force combining aspects of these projects with a nice dose of modern electronic is here - K-X-P. With a self-titled debut LP and a lack of motorik, the trio has crafted an enjoyable but slightly lopsided effort that won’t be joining the ranks of Eno/Cluster any time soon, but will leave space for better things. When moments like the singular motorik drive of ‘Pockets’ show a blend of classic Kraut with newer synth influences and experimentation, K-X-P (he album) seems to be one of the better releases of the year, hellbent on its singular sound and panicked vocal delivery. It’s when frustrating moments like the dull loop of ‘New World’ cock up the last throes of the disc that everything starts to come into question. Was that almost five minute long constant stomp and White Rainbow-esque intro, ‘Elephant Man,’ nothing more than an unedited idea? Would the glam crash and bash of lead single ’18 Hours (Of Love)’ seem more out of place if ‘Labyrinth’ didn’t pull it back into electro-kraut territory? Where the fuck is Conny Plank when you need him? Sure the ‘Epilogue’ pulls it back together with gothic organs and driving drums that seem to recall darker moments of At War With The Mystics combined with Radio-Aktivität. And pardon me for being so brief, but this is an album that really just works on combining influences and a general aesthetic style of song-writing, leading to an enjoyable but sadly unmemorable journey through the studio. Sure it took some convincing and some years to get K-X-P together and recorded, and the angle of having two rotating drummers is something interesting for any band, but sadly this debut is just above par. I’ll wait for a second disc with some anticipation, mainly because this band shows promise for a new wave of Krautrock inspired music – and it’s not for vintage fetishism’s sake. With enough good music for a solid EP, there’s plenty of vigour and life left for this band, now to wait for them to tap into it again. Photobucket