In just two releases, Ben Khan has established himself as the most talented newcomer on the British R&B scene. His music is deeply rooted in dirty southern blues and Minnesota funk, a deadly combination if you ask me. But it doesn’t feel nostalgic or backward glazing, rather its sparse arrangement and airy presence breathes the fumes of contemporary freshness. Deep driving bass lines topped with elephant horns, funky guitars that would make Prince red with envy, and one of the most soulful voices this side of the Atlantic – they all makes a very strong case for the mysterious Londoner.
These two tracks are equally danceable and grindy, the sort of music that would instantly push me to the smack middle of any dancefloor smart enough to play it. And I can only imagine how well these will eventually go down live, as soon as the yet unsigned Londoner’s fan base and repute will grow big enough to play catch-up with his talent.