Ben Khan – 2000 Angels

A2784D90-0B6F-4C1B-BB9C-18E8B0BE0F2EThe ‘Ben Khan’ boy is back with his first sliver of music since 2015. His whole persona is a mirror of the fantastic mysterious ‘Jai Paul’ who teased everyone a few years ago with a fresh pop glitch style that blew many a mind totally. Like Paul, Ben Khan executed the same style with such gusto that we firmly believed he was indeed a Paul family member – using the same twitchy guitar licks and stellar production. Khan took the same mysterious approach and vanished off the face of the earth with absolutely no prior warning. This track has been divulged to the public in an absolute copy cat manner using a coding website akin to The Paul brothers and their wacky ‘Paul institute’ which to be honest is highly infuriating. Music is music and in this case Ben Khan is a golden artist – We would love to hear more of it rather than sieving through a dodgy piece of code to hear it. In fairness to Khan – it’s on Spotify and we are delighted to see this classy artist back making his incredible music. Keep them coming, put us straight in for a ticket for the next concert, if he would be so kind to tour at all. Listen to his latest release below and enjoy. X

 

[SnifferFavs #001] Maribou State – Portraits

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In ‘SnifferFavs’ over the next while we will write about 10 albums that have influenced us greatly in the last few years ( Biased Review Alert 🙂 ). 

Our daily ‘SnifferFavs’ section just had to launch with Hertfordshire boys ‘Maribou State’ and their absolutely blissful ‘Portraits’ album. This is my go-to album ever since it was released in 2015. It’s not often an album ticks the box in each song. Imagine looking out of a train window, moving at pace, staring at the environment as it scuttles by, meanwhile being put totally into a peaceful trance by an album that never tires. This is what happens to me everytime – and Portraits is that album for me.

           ‘Home’ opens the album with a lovely collection of chord progressions – sloping at a very low BPM with superb,subtle distorted vocals and sounds- nothing but mellow and signs of what is the come is this sneakily fabulous track. The uptempo ‘The Clown’ comes next with it’s chirpy nature. Happy Chords, Pop Vocals, and more trademark ‘State’ sound effects. The brilliant thing about this song is that it stays mellow even though it is upbeat and vibrant- this is certainly the single of the album. If you like it – Check out ‘Axel Boman’s’ alternative edit too.

The dreamy mood carries on throughout ‘Rituals’ and leaves us at the utterly breathtaking ‘Steal’ – The one vocal heavy tune on this album. ‘Holly Walkers’ voice is totally haunting – her voice ‘eases my mind’. The world stands still listening to this one – a total relaxing trance. The offbeat burp effect thing is wonderful. ‘Wallflower’ picks up the pace a little without intruding on the sleepy, shoe-gazing vibe of the music thus far. Lovely distorted bass, cut vocals and that strange horn sound. This is my favourite song on the album. The crashing finale is loud and abrasive, yet is kept with a certain depth by the bass notes which run throughout – solid.

Jono McCleery makes an appearance on ‘Say More’ with plenty of vocal focus and the bass notes of ‘Raincoats‘ meander us torwards that wonderful voice of Holly Walker for a second instalment in ‘Midas’ which has similar piano patterns to The Clown. A real gem of a voice does this Holly girl have. The sheer mellow subtlety these guys have is immense – ‘Natural Fools’ is a brilliant beat, one would nearly expect to hear ‘The XX’ vocals splashing around on it at any stage- Total shoe-gaze. Hats off.

           ‘Verkala’ closes the album in a very Melancholy way (once again it reminds me of the ‘Intro’ by the XX) – meditation sounds. – Leave all of your worries behind listening to this album. It has everything. (( Even the outtakes are totally Sick)) Manilla is one such tune from the outtakes – Listen Below.

Chrome Sparks – I Just Wanna ( Ft. Kllo)

0620be2c834d8afb4d3adcf9ffc54af9Music straight from Brooklyn, New York, here from ‘Chrome Sparks’ and it has us grooving around the house today. This little beauty was nested in a fairly drab playlist and instantly caught the ear and requested a second listen. Kllo’s vocals are husky and smooth with an insatiable collection of bass/melody/rhythm pushing this song along. Sparks has won the title of our ‘Song of The Day’ with this one. It’s raining in London which meant a sound would have to lift the spirits – This is that sound. ===========================================================================

Biig Piig – Perdida

28277098_751212678409314_4983189048708765541_nIrish\Spanish/Londoner Jess ‘Biig Piig’ Smyth has lit it up again with yet another flawless song released today. Her smooth voice coupled with her, now, trademark ‘toot toot’ at the end of most tunes, she is killing it at the moment. Perdida takes influence from her time living in Spain and showcases her bilingual talents. With a Jam packed summer of festivals ahead of her, she is a very busy body nowadays.

 

Catch Biig Piig in her debut headline London show @ Electroworkz on the 17th April as she performs her forthcoming debut EP for the first time. Chillllllled.