K-X-P is an electronic rock band from Helsinki, Finland. The band consists of Timo Kaukolampi (vocals, synths & misc.), Tomi Leppänen (drums), Anssi Nykänen (drums), and Tuomo Puranen (bass). For their second album II the band are signed to Melodic Records in the UK.
Both Kaukolampi and Puranen were part of Op:l Bastards, before forming K-X-P in 2006. The band only existed in studio live jam sessions until their demos reached the Smalltown Supersound label (Norway).
K-X-P was first called K-N-P, from Kaukolampi, Nykänen, Puranen. Anssi Nykänen (the N) was always playing other shows with various bands and artists, so the N became X marking mystery revolving spot for drummer. K-X-P records nowadays with both drummers Anssi Nykänen and Tomi Leppänen in the studio. There has been rare live concerts with both of them on stage. Tomi Leppänen, who also plays with Circle, Aavikko and Pharaoh Overlord has been the regular for most live shows.
In 2010 the band released their first record, the self-titled K-X-P, earning favourable reviews from Q, Future Music, Pitchfork and XLR8R.
They describe their sound as Original - Electronic - Motorhead - Space - Trance - Spiritual - Rock - Meditation - Freejazz. Reviews from the likes of Mojo and Clash Magazine also define the sound as having a strong Krautrock element.
Publications like UNCUT have reviewed their music as "Fertile experiments, broad and flexible enough to incorporate post-punk, glam-rock and goth-metal elements" and Pitchfork stated "their music is incredibly rhythmic, their grooves—paranoid dark disco and motorik—deep.'
The band are noted for their intense live performance featuring costumes, audience interaction, and experimentation with different instruments. They have supported and toured with James Blake and Moon Duo, amongst others.
The band released a new album in February 2013 entitled II and rated 7/10 on Pitchfork. They toured in support of the album from March 2013 onwards.