Album Review: Ben Khan - Ben Khan
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Ben Khan exploded onto the electropop scene in 2014 and 2015, with his debut EPs 1992 and 1000, which feature well-known hits, ‘Youth’ and ‘Savage’. Since announcing his signing with Dirty Hit, Khan has re-emerged, welcomed back by his fans with open arms.
The eagerly anticipated release of his debut self-titled album sent his fans into a frenzy; they ate up pre-released singles ‘2000 angels’, ‘ruby’ and ‘monsoon daydream’ and demanded more from the young producer. Now, dropping his debut with the help of the iconic PJ Harvey and Dave Cooley (known from his M83 work) it has been widely remarked that the album was worth the wait. Ben Khan begins with one of the best-received singles, ‘2000 angels’ which immediately establishes a sense of creative dominance, exuded throughout the album. The track is driven by pulsating, vibrant and bass-heavy computer-based synths, adding a futuristic, space-age feel to its rhythm. Compellingly catchy, '2000 Angels' feels reminiscent of the beat in SG Lewis’ ‘Coming Up’. Harmonies simply add to this multi-textured brilliance. The lyrics, though not the sole focus of the song, match up to its transcendent title, “So you want 2000 begging angels / To take your soul down and marry your fate / To the ones who love you not the ones who hate / You know they don't deserve you”. Commenting on the album, Khan sought to create something ‘unintimidating’ and ‘beautiful’, thus the record marries the produced electropop sound with organic sounds, such as guitar, that he recorded using a field mic. Films like Blade Runner played silently whilst he created it and acted as a source of inspiration for the many themes that are weaved into its essence.
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