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The Kleptones

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The Kleptones are fronted by Eric Kleptone, a DJ from the United Kingdom. They produce internet-only albums. Typically, they mix /R&B instrumentals with , and vocals, alongside cut-up spoken-word samples from a wide range of film, radio and television sources.

Their first release was the eclectic EP “Never Trust Originality” in 2002. This was followed in 2004 with “Yoshimi Battles The Hip-Hop Robots”, which blended the Flaming Lips music with rap vocals from hip-hop stars past and present.

Later that year they released what has now become their landmark release, “A Night At The Hip-Hopera”. Again using hip-hop vocals, this time The Kleptones mixed them with the music of Queen, and peppered the combination with a mix of film and spoken-word samples, critiquing the current state of the music industry. The album won the band legions of fans, a flurry of press activity and a legal threat from Disney, who, through Hollywood Records, own Queen’s catalogue in the USA.

The band entered 2005 by releasing “From Detroit To J.A.”, an album length mix created for James Hyman’s “The Rinse” show on XFM in London. Soon after, it was announced they were to be awarded the 2005 Webby Award as “Artist of the Year”, by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, who declared the band to have “achieved new critical heights” and to be “true internet renegades”. The band travelled to New York to collect the award at a ceremony in June of that year.

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  • lowgod666

    i love mash--ups,,its like peaking into a world of what ifs?in the world of music,billy idol ended up fronting the offspring,and bela legosi is dead ,cause,she wants to tear you apart!,,,,,,lol

    15 May 2013 Reply
  • lowgod666

    good stuff

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • middlen

    Favorite mashup group indeed. I love Detroid to J.A. and Yoshimi.

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • tcpvtec

    Uptime and Downtime are both excellent. One for either mood. The Kleptones are my favorite mashup group. Thanks for everything. I can't wait to hear more.

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Coulrophobic

    Uptime is OFF THE HOOK.

    4 Apr 2011 Reply
  • supersurfdog

    Thank you for the MUSIC!!!!

    27 Mar 2011 Reply
  • psyconius

    battleaxed was quoting Fight Club at one point, which I do find appropriate given the artist :)

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
  • tyzmatos

    Dopeeeeeeeeee!

    31 Jan 2011 Reply
  • SurajTheBrown

    @battleaxed What the fuck are you blathering on about.

    31 Jan 2011 Reply
  • SurajTheBrown

    God I love Uptime/Downtime.

    31 Jan 2011 Reply
  • DesertRain

    Ziółkowski Mikołaju - nie sądzisz, że to świetny następca 2ManyDJs w "namiocie" w 2011 roku...? :)

    11 Jan 2011 Reply
  • bluejaydandy

    kleptoe for kleptones

    3 Nov 2010 Reply
  • N-RAGE

    Serious pioneer in the field of mashups. Top dog if you ask me.

    27 Sep 2010 Reply
  • F0rcefl0w

    Shits and Giggles is an awesome record. If these are the Kleptones' b-sides, you get a good impression what level their A-material is on :)

    17 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Miraclemunkee

    Judging by the shattered set of headphones and sizzling bits of gray matter that are littered across my keyboard...I think it's safe to say that 'Uptime' just fucking blew my mind.

    18 Jul 2010 Reply
  • guy_sybian

    The only mashup act that is still relevant in 2010!

    10 Jun 2010 Reply
  • battleaxed

    if u don't like it... don't listen to it, don't read it, don't watch it. without free communication, u don't have free society.

    14 May 2010 Reply
  • battleaxed

    we're the middle children of history, men

    14 May 2010 Reply
  • battleaxed

    oh fuck it stinks in here

    14 May 2010 Reply
  • bigmanG

    I just can't get enough Kleptones in my life. Maybe I should stop sleeping so I can listen more?

    14 May 2010 Reply
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