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.
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.
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.
Sometimes M.I.A. can be so irreverent that her antics – such as flipping the bird during Madonna’s Superbowl performance – can overshadow her music. This is a shame because in addition to having amassed a critically-acclaimed body of work, including a few singles that have found major crossover success in the mainstream world, she is also often at the forefront of new technology. Last night she took the stage in New York while Janelle Monae did so in Los Angeles, and at some point during the night they appeared on each other’s stages as holograms to perform a pair of songs together.
Earlier this week Vampire Weekend performed “Unbelievers” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The song is off the band’s self-titled album, which topped countless critics’ best of 2013 lists. Although at live shows group member Rostam Batmanglij (who is the son of Iranian immigrants) primarily sticks to keyboards and backing vocals, on Vampire Weekend’s albums he is a producer, arranger, composer, and programmer, among other things. Click here to watch the performance.