Londoner Ben Khan released some of last year’s dirtiest and funkiest R&B tracks. Especially “Eden”, with its unruly guitar licks and screaming elephant horns, felt like a steamy, nocturnal take on funk instilled R&B. On “Youth”, the latest in a string of releases, Khan moves towards a glossier, neon-glazed version of his already familiar aesthetics. And if “Eden” and “Savage” showed a skilled fashioner of fleshy sounds, “Youth” is more accordant and hook-laden. As a result, “Youth” feels less inspired, with an imminent risk of him wobbling at the finish-line of his breakthrough. But then again, Khan has – this early in his career – carved out a stylistically distinct identity that most artists dare only to dream of.
Look for Ben Khan’s debut EP, 1992, set for a May 5 release.