London producer and vocalist BEN KHAN has shared the stunning video for his sweetly pulsating single RUBY, taken from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. Directed and produced entirely by Khan himself, the visuals perfectly marry the album’s futuristic and science fiction themes to the gentle electronic beats and Khan’s heavenly vocal. Having exploded into view with the launch of his two previous EPs, 1992 and 1000, BEN KHAN released his critically acclaimed debut via Dirty Hit earlier this year. The album was produced alongside the legendary FLOOD [PJ Harvey, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails] mixed by SPIKE STENT [Bjork, Frank Ocean] and mastered by DAVE COOLEY [J Dilla, M83] with Khan playing every instrument on the record.
The album stays true to the old adage that good things come to those who wait. After a near three-year hiatus, critics have revered the record universally
Channelling the likes of Burial, Arthur Russell and S U R V I V E, it is an album whose overwhelming intricacies demand an attentive ear and repeat listens. “I like the idea,” muses Khan, “of having something be unintimidating and beautiful, but driven by anger, or driven by sadness”. He uses synthetic, computer-driven sounds to fulfil this desire, but weaves them with organic noises he recorded on a field mic. A year ago, he travelled to Kashmir, the home of his father [who works in textiles, and whose floral art inspired some of the album’s artwork] “and I just walked around and took sounds on my daily rituals, and tried to put that in there somehow, so it felt like a journey through places”. The result, he hopes, is a work of “magical realism”.
When he left Kashmir, Khan brought his projector with him to the studio, and had films running silently as he worked – films like Ghost in The Shell, Blade Runner, Angel-A and Akira, whose themes found their way into the album’s DNA. Ben rounds off, “I think the point of an artist is to show people a different side of things, to take different perceptions of life and present them back to you. Hopefully, this album will take you out of your reality for a bit and take it to the start of a fantasy place”.