Arrivals: Ben Khan – 1000


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Ben Khan, London’s produ-singer-writer, one of the most promising new talents to emerge in 2014. His addictive debut EP,1992, scored number 2 on NoSnobsAllowed Best EP’s of 2014 list and Youth, one of its tracks, landed at 26th position in NSA’s Top Tracks of 2014.

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Khan emerged from a circle of artists, hailing mostly from UK, who are making their own bass based future version of r’n’b. You don’t have to be a genius to spot some serious borrowings from Jai Paul’s scant output in Khan’s material. With Paul’s bone crushing beats and smeared and rough guitar riffs all over1992 the comparisons were unavoidable. But Ben Kan put his own twist on the genre with a serious injection of soul, thanks to his sensual voice and the vague melodies he writes so well.

Being less of an enigma than Jai Paul, Khan is not staying in hiding this year. He is gearing up for the release of his second EP, entitled1000. Perhaps to shake off any comparisons even further, or more likely out of pure need for artistic evolution, the title track sees Khan bringing some new elements into play. The groovy drum machine beat à la Arthur Russell injects the song with refreshing giddiness and joy. Needless to say,1000 is one of the hottest tracks at the moment and Ben Khan an artist we all should keep an eye out in the future. 

And check out Khan’s previous stuff while you’re at it:

March 12, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . 2015, Arrivals. Leave a comment.

NSA’s Selection Box: Remixes vol 30


Celebrating some of the best remix work around the net.

Gent Mason

Gent Mason

Astronauts etc. – Sadie (Gent Mason Remix)


Beat Connection

Beat Connection

Jungle – Time (Beat Connection Remix)


Daniel Haaksman

Daniel Haaksman

Pinduca – Vamos Farrear (Daniel Haaksman Remix)


The Cyclist

The Cyclist

Einstruzende Neubauten – Kollaps (The Cyclist Remix) [free download]


MJ Cole

MJ Cole

Tourist feat Years & Years- Illuminate (MJ Cole Remix)

January 3, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Playlist, Remix Academy, Selection box. Leave a comment.

NSA’s Top 25 Albums of 2014


 


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25. Jesse Boykins III – Love Apparatus (Jesse Boykins III Music) (electronic, soul, USA)


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24. Goat – Commune (Rocket Recording) (experimental, Sweden)


jessietoughlove23. Jessie Ware – Tough Love (Island Records) (electronic pop, UK)


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22. Onuka – Misto (Enjoy Records) (electronic pop, Ukraine)

Mr.-Twin-Sister-608x60821. Mr Twin Sister – Blush (Twin Group) (indie pop)


francois-atlas-mountains-piano-ombre20. Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains – Piano Ombre (Domino Recordings) (indie rock, Uk)


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19. Foxygen – … and The Star Power (alternative, indie rock, psychedelic rock, USA)


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18. Snowbird – Moon (Bella Union) (alternative pop) (US/UK)


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17. Hercules & Love Affair – The Feast of Broken Heart (Moshi Moshi Records) (dance, house, USA)


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16. Skalpel – Transit (electronic, sampled, jazz, Poland)


 

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15. FKA Twigs – LP1 (electronic, soul, urban, UK)


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14. Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like A Bell (folk, electronic, indie, USA)


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13. Wooky – Montjuïc (electronic, techno, Spain)


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12. Aphex Twin – Syro (electronic, techno, UK)


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11. Curtis Harding – Soul Love (Burger Records) (garage rock, soul, USA)


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10. Tycho – Awake (electronic, ambient, USA)


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9. Katherine – Magnum (house, pop, France) [listen here]


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8. Jungle – Jungle (indie, urban, UK)  [listen here]


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7. Real Estate – Atlas [listen] (indie rock, USA)


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6. Król – Nielot (indie pop, Poland)


 

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4. Sébastian Tellier – L’aventura (electronic pop, France)


 

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3. Gus Gus – Mexico (house, electronic, pop, Island)


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2. Sinkane – Mean Love (DFA/City Slang) [listen here]

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1. Caribou – Our Love (City Slang)

(electronic, Canada) [listen]


Honorable Mentions:

Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband

Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita

Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Jerz Igor – Mała Płyta

Music Go Music – Impressions

Smashing Pumpkins – Momuments To Elegy

Lykke Li – I Never Learn

Chromeo – White Women

Wye Oak – Shriek

Chet Faker – Built on Glass

January 1, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Selection box, The Best of 2014. Leave a comment.

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