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Kelpe

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*Kelpe is Kel Mckeown, from Loughborough, England.

As a young teenager, Kel McKeown (AKA Kelpe) decided that sampling and sequencing might provide him with a safer past time than bone splintering skateboarding mishaps.

The initial efforts made on a Commodore Amiga with a sampler provided him with a discipline and focus that is of fundamental importance to the creative process that he currently employs in the execution of his distinctive beat creations.

Kelpe’s influences range from the bleeps & bass of classic Warp artists to the funk of Sly Stone, and the minimalism of Steve Reich + Harmonia to the percussive space-scapes of Tortoise + Do Make Say Think. The diversity of the music that inspires Kelpe finds reflection in his own sonic adventures, informing his ever evolving sound, combining as map and compass to guide his lunar-bound b-boy throw downs.

Coming to the attention of DC Recordings in early 2003, his first release for label was the 12” EP ‘The People are Trying to Sleep’, a wide eyed carnival of fractured beats and warped electronics. This was followed by the critically acclaimed album ‘Sea Inside Body’ (September 2004), an album described by The Wire as “One of the most engrossing listens in recent electronic music”. In 2005 came bedroom discotheque 12” ‘Sunburnt Eyelids’ and In 2008 came double LP ‘Ex-Aquarium’ (2008) and remix companion ‘Extraquarium’ (featuring Zombie Zombie, Fulgeance, Architeq etc).

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