K-X-P is a rock trio consisting of Timo Kaukolampi and Tuomo Puranen of Op:l Bastards fame and Anssi Nykänen, a weathered session drummer. The main reference of their hypnotic music is krautrock from 40 years back, but they do throw in a few afrobeat rhythms, ominously cinematic keyboard sound walls, hippy Middle Eastern melodies and some dancey pulse. Kaukolampi’s idiosyncratic singing style has been sorely missed, although it comes only in small doses this time. Here and there you can also make out the distant breathy vocals of Norwegian pop princess Annie.
1. Lebanon Hanover – Gallowdance // 00:00
2. Vanishing Twin – Vanishing Twin Syndrome // 03:48
3. Essential Logic – Hiss and Shake // 07:22
4. Tricky – Black Steel // 12:32
5. Beck – Cellphone’s Dead // 18:09
6. Beck – Gimme // 22:53
7. Beastie Boys – Funky Boss // 25:18
8. Red Snapper – Lagos Creepers // 26:54
9. Bitchin Bajas – Water 3 // 32:37
10. DakhaBraka & Kimmo Pohjonen – Kluster-In tanzen liebe // 39:50
11. Noir Désir – L’Europe // 45:23
Trisomie 21 is a French cold wave group, formed in Lille, France in 1980 by brothers Philippe and Hervé Lomprez.
Marcel Thiel, aka Micky Mike, began his career in Belgian punk band Chainsaw (who released one EP, See-Saw, in 1977) before reinventing himself as electronic genius Snowy Red. Possibly the best of all the early minimal synth brigade, Thiel took Numan, Foxx and all the European influences forward into a project quite personal and outstanding while still following the ‘rules’. His music’s sheer sense of wonder and amazing freshness even today is breathtaking.
Snowy Red released four albums, the best of which in my humble opinion is The Right To Die, my second favourite one-finger synth album behind Foxx’s Metamatic. Never Alive is representative of its spine-tingling immediacy, and the lyrics are both ahead of their time and beautifully insane.
Like so many others Snowy Red’s music never received the commercial acclaim it deserved. A final album, titled (in hindsight with tragic irony) The Beat Is Over, surfaced in 1989 on Antler Subway. A live appearance at the Antwerp BimFest in 2003 was the last outing for the project.
Marcel Thiel died in May 2009 aged just 52, after complications following surgery. Onderstroom Records has just released a magnificent 5-album tribute box set including the three 1981-84 albums (Snowy Red, The Right To Die, Vision), plus B-sides, rarities and a newly-unearthed set of demo recordings.