In October of 2013 I got my first taste of Ben Khan when he Pitchfork posted “Eden” and gave it Best New Track. With R&B vocals, bluesy guitar licks, and eerily swelling synth lines the genre-mashing song’s appeal was immediate. Although the sole other track he had released, “Drive (Part 1),” had popped up on numerous music blogs there was scarce information available on the London-based producer and singer. Finally Khan’s first official release, 1992 EP, is out today. You can stream it at his Soundcloud page or head to iTunes to buy it. Continue reading Singer/producer Ben Khan’s Debut “1992 EP” is Out Today
Today Noisey’s Drew Millard interviewed a curious oddball of a young singer and rapper who goes by Dhananjay the First. After watching one video the 21-year-old almost seems to be a calculated parody of thugged out R&B. But it quickly becomes clear that he is actually completely earnest and just being himself. He simply happens to be a weird guy having fun by making amateurish and extremely cheap songs.
Since 2000 the International Indian Film Awards have countries ranging from London during their inaugural year to Macau in 2013. For its 15th anniversary this year the show – known as Bollywood’s Oscars – were held in Tampa, Florida, the first time a US city has been chosen. Fittingly the festivities included a pair of Hollywood A-listers, Kevin Spacey and John Travolta, who both treated the audience to some dance moves.
Natasha Khan, better known by as the chanteuse who performs as Bat For Lashes, is featured on the solo debut from Damon Albarn, frontman and songwriter for Blur/Gorillaz/The, Good, The Bad & The Queen. Khan’s ethereal vocals appear on “The Selfish Giant,” which also features production from XL Recordings founder Richard Russell. The album, titled Everyday Robot is out today on Russell’s label.
A few weeks ago London-based singer/producer TĀLĀ shared “The Duchess,” the title track from her upcoming debut EP, out June 2nd on Aesop Label. The track features her disembodied vocals, processed to sound like a wailing digital ghost, paired with haunting, dance-floor ready production. Despite emerging seemingly out of nowhere the young musician, who is of Iranian descent, already has a fully formed sound.
Last night I caught Marvel’s latest superhero sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and my eyes and ears perked up upon the appearance of one of the film’s smaller roles, that of Councilman Nagendra Singh. Here was this actor, who I knew I had seen countless times on screen and was clearly South Asian; yet despite running this blog I could not recall the man’s name. After disappearing down an internet rabbit hole for an hour or two I can now shine a bit of a spotlight on Bernard White, a regularly working actor with nearly 100 credits to his name from about 30 years in Hollywood.
Over the past year former Das Racist member Heems took a break from releasing solo material to put out music from artists like Le1f and Antwon on his label Greedhead Music. But 2014 looks like it will be a banner year for the rapper/label owner, who recently dropped the banger “Benny Lava” from his new duo Swet Shop Boys. Then in the past week he revealed a completely ridiculous rap jingle he recorded for a Japanese Vitamin Water commercial, and shared his new track for Anthony Bourdain’s CNN travel show, Parts Unknown.