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Stream Ben Khan’s Electro-Funkified ‘1000’ EP In Full

Stream Ben Khan’s Electro-Funkified ‘1000’ EP In Full

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Ricocheting in a flurry of electronic funk, Ben Khan‘s new EP 1000 keeps it way, way higher than 100. Coming in at a tidy four tracks, the British songwriter’s release sees him honing what has already been a vividly promising sound; Khan’s new work sounds a bit like James Blake, Daft Punk and Prince all getting together in a room full of 808s, guitars and wah pedals.

Lead-off single and title track “1000” already impressed us when it hit the net two months ago, and its overdriven guitars and bobbing synths still haven’t lost their luster. With its feverish tempo and winsome melody, it’s dance music for all lifestyles and scenes–a universal kind of boogie.

That Khan’s sound packs wide appeal is not to say it’s simplistic or dumbed down. On “Red,” a synth bass blares like a underwater alarm while funk guitar plucks float overhead, unawares. In the midst of it all is Khan’s vocal, once again the soulful center pillar of all this cool clatter.

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“Well I gave my best, guess you need nothing less,” Khan admits in the opening seconds of “Zenith,” another cut that bridges the gap between modern invention and 80s inspiration. Fans of TV On The Radio, Chromeo, Toro Y Moi, Little Dragon and even Frank Ocean should take a long, long listen to what Khan is throwing down. By the time closing number “2022 Zodiac” fades away into the distance, one’s head is sure to be spinning. If this isn’t enough, you might consider grabbing his 1992 EP on iTunes. But today is all about 1000, an album which is about as good a partnership as has ever been forged between synthesizers and guitars. Stream all of Ben Khan’s 1000 below.

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