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  • Audio CD (19 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: DC Recordings
  • ASIN: B002PAQMY6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,414 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

Kelpe is the musical alter-ego of British artist Kel McKeown, whose dalliances with sound are producing some wonderfully wobbly, boisterous and bubbly fare – think Hudson Mohawke with the ADHD turned down and a comfy pair of slippers on, lighting a deserved cigar… with a blowtorch… while roasting road kill over an open fire.

Cambio Wechsel is his third album for DC Recordings, a label established by DJ and producer Jonathon Saul Kane in the mid-1990s to showcase the diversity that few get to hear within the genres of hip hop and electronica. This album’s tracks branch out to tickle the tastiest parts of said pigeonholes, its bleeps and squelches, glitch beats and truculent thuds merged into a tumultuous whole that’s, at times, as irresistible as Prefuse 73 or Flying Lotus’s most commended collections.

The oppressive, insatiable attack of Closed Cup Headroom is an instant standout, its alien clicks – think the prawns of District 9 messing about with vocoders – surrounding the senses and tightening their circle with each passing second, laser blast effects charring the ground just inches from their targets’ feet. After Gold is similarly cacophonous, but a lot easier on the nervous system – while these structures display similarities from piece to piece, it’s rare that one echoes the previous in an unappealing manner.

Like Bibio’s occasionally otherworldly album of earlier this year, Ambivalence Avenue, Cambio Wechsel’s flirtations with myriad motifs that rarely have a hand to hold elsewhere on the record can lead to the listener becoming rather dizzied by the experience. But when the shiny synth lines and distorted drum and bass fluctuations of Low Frequency Fumble, the treble-centric J Dilla skitter of Eye Candy Bath and the fidgety itchiness of Wind in the Windows are appreciated as individual arrangements, outside of an album context, Kelpe’s talents shine ‘til they threaten to blind and/or deafen.

As an all-in-one listen, there’s a lot to take in – perhaps too much. But treat Cambio Wechsel as a mixtape produced by a mind that simply can’t sit still and it’s a journey to exciting territories beyond the beats-and-pieces norm. --Mike Diver

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Kelpe is back with a new album and it's another studied exercise in lovingly stitched together beats with more references than Wikipedia.

If you didn't know Kelpe is the previously water obsessed Kel Mckeown who hails rather surprisingly from land locked Loughborough. Having been discovered by DC Recordings in 2003, he is a relative old boy in the brave new world of beat production already with a couple of albums under his belt as well as a string of remix work and some tasty mix cds.

Cambio Wechsel sees another wonderful exercise in restrained beat making where less is definitely more. A short introduction eases us gently into the album proper before we are greeted by `The Blackout Agreement' a stripped back drum loop that ambles over a simple bassline wrapped in repeated and sustained edgy keys and gently building percussion before morphing into a more electronic beast that finally disintegrates into the ether. In fact the whole album has been pleasingly feng shuied with most tracks relying on just a few well chosen sound sources that are then carefully placed and then manipulated rather than dense audio collages.

Personally I am favouring the more melodic moments on the album such as `Eye Candy Bath' with it's soft voices and basic drums underpinned by a big fat electro bassline, ethereal vocal samples and occasional pitched down samples that sound like they were lifted from a 91 rave anthem. Another standout is the Eastern sounding strings that ride minimal drums and low-key effects on the sprawling, Doors like, `After Gold' but don't be deceived this is an album with something for everyone.
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