With Khan of Finland’s album NICHT-NUR-SEX, Shitkatapult will kick off its 2017 campaign and the year of its 20th anniversary—the album will also kick off a line of special artist releases from Si Begg, T.Raumschmiere, C. Brötzmann, and more throughout the year.
Named after a user profile on a gay forum named Gayromeo, NICHT-NUR-SEX—which translates to "more than sex"—is an album of dub-like pop that harkens back to the work of "Grace Jones and Marianne Faithfull in their Island Records era of '80/'81." A deeply personal and intriguing work that paints the story of an intense lifestyle. Like the album cover, which is an archive of Khan’s photos, the album is a collection of snapshots and secrets unveiled.
On the album, Khan has invited a cast of guest artists including narrator Joe Volume, Mexican rapper Alemán, Julia Kent, cello player of Anthony & the Johnsons, and Icelandic musician Urður, known from GusGus fame.
In support of the album, Khan has offered up "Khant Buy Me Love," available via WeTransfer below. You can purchase the album via Shitkatapult's store on March 31.
Khan Of Finland ist eine der schillerndsten Figuren der globalen Clubkultur zwischen Berlin, New York, Istanbul und Mexico City. Der elektronische Songwriter und Performer extraordinaire surft zwischen Techno, Dub und Glam Rock. Gerade ist sein neues Album "Nicht nur Sex" auf Shitkatapult erschienen.
Thursday April 6th is the official record release party for Khan Of Finland "NICHT NUR SEX" CD/LP/Digital on Shitkatapult (Strike162 - OUT NOW) at 60Hz starting at 9pm-open end. Khan Of Finland live feat. Urdur & Thomas Mahmoud. DJ Daniel Meteo and video premiere of "Hundred Miles" by Henner Winckler. Limited space so better come early.
Khan Of Finland: »NICHT-NUR-SEX« (Shitkatapult, Strike 162, 2017)
»NICHT-NUR-SEX« is a user profile on a literally gay forum named Gayromeo that's serving the purpose of organizing its users needs for fleshly pleasures. The transvestite's user name is programmatic, has an explicit meaning: it's more than sex! That breakthrough in superficiality appearing also proclaims Khan of Finland aka Can Oral – artist- and real name go hand in hand. Of course it's about sex. There's more than that, though. The title previews an album that forces bystanders to take a deeper look but it also clearly states: here a few points can be found sex isn't satisfying without. Khan's musical aesthetics are glamourous, dub-like pop packed with samples and alienated voices – a musical tradition leading back to Grace Jones and Marianne Faithfull in their Island Records era of '80/81. We're able to hear moaned phrases, phrased moaning, artificial ejaculation.
»NICHT-NUR-SEX« creates a melange of an intense life-style, here the untamed before-and-after finds a musical counterpart as well as the in-between finds a starting point. Even the album cover is held in a similar fashion: The archive of Khan's snapshots mirrors our voyeurism so we finally recognize we're most intrigued by picky details found in the hidden. Between fragments and snapshots secrets unveil, obsessions materialize. And desires dance. To prove this view is of political nature the song »H&M Freedom« depicts various forms, shapes and conditions of dependency in today's world of consumerism.
Khan's a page that's got to be written on from both sides regarding it's fidgety character in music and pictures: the Berlin based artist produces, sings every so often, remixes, releases his own records under his finish moniker or as a member of a band named Wild Style Lion, has recently formed a bridge between electronic- and guitar-music with the aid of J. Mascis and Kim Gordon, has been a club owner in NYC, organized events at the infamous Berghain, plays theater, travels with Goethe – or speaking metaphorically: melodizes live!
In associative cut-ups which intersect organically Khan has invited a legion of guest artists: Joe Volume, swinging between Tom Waits and Michael Gira, performing the cinematic character of the album with his narrating voice, Mexican rapper Alemán, focussing his fiery solar beam onto Khan's album, Julia Kent, cello player of Anthony & the Johnsons, creating deepness with her instrument and finally the very present Icelandic musician Urður, known from GusGus featured on three tracks. Through Khan's arrangement a diverse interdependency of emotions is created compiling the ten tracks into a listening-album where a soundtrack can be found. A soundtrack for our sexuality – and basically everything in between!
++ 20 Jahre Shitkatapult ++ Khan of Finnland – »NICHT-NUR-SEX« is the first release in the year of Shitkatapult's 20st anniversary and acts as the initial record of a line of special artist releases e.g. from Si Begg, T.Raumschmiere & C. Brötzmann and many more of our catalogue artists.
KHAN OF FINLAND [konsert]
Khan (med band) slipper album på Shitkatapult i slutten av Mars. Denne kvelden får du høre smakebiter fra albumet LIVE, for første gang.
VINNY VILLBASS & DANIEL VAZ
Ze badabing rezidentz fyller kroppen din med varm house og fuktig elektronisk funk.
Premiere Feb. 16th 2017, 8pm @ Theater unterm Dach/Berlin
Regie: Amina Gusner
Mit: Can Oral und Inga Wolff
Stimmen: Peter Rene Lüdicke, Artemis Chalkidou, Helen Schröder, Max Nowka, Nadine Schori, Rüdiger Rudolph
Ausstattung: Inken Gusner
Sound: Can Oral
Eine Frau, ein Mann und sechs Stimmen begegnen sich nach ihrem Selbstmord in einem Zustand des Dazwischenseins: Wann gehts los? Ist das jetzt das Ende? Ist das schon alles? Kommt da noch was? Muss man was können um ein guter Toter zu sein? Ist Humor erlaubt? Oder respektlos gegenüber…äh…? Ein Spiel mit Erwartungshaltungen, Wut, Erinnerungen, Enttäuschungen entspinnt sich zu einem Konzert aus Stimmen und erinnerten Geräuschen.
KEIN DACH KEIN BODEN ist ein polyphones Klanggefüge aus Worten, Atmosphären und Gesang.
Das Stück basiert auf authentischen Abschiedsbriefen von Selbstmördern.
Am: Feb. 16, 17, 18 & 19, März 8. & 9. April 8. & 9.
Tickets: (030) 90295-3817
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A duo from Berlin, relatively young and good-looking, wearing caps and looking cool, one controlling the rhythms and bass and the other with a hot electric guitar. The rhythm machine starts and immediately you feel it in the gut. The guitar player is fantastic but subtle, and for the first three of the six tracks they play, Philipp Virus‘s heavily phased guitar lines weave in and out of the waves of belly-bursting bass and staccato drums like metal candyfloss-enmeshed gears as the singer, Khan Of Finland, serenaded us. If you could cross Alan Vega with Matt Monro, you are some way there, a touch of the street poet with an aura of subtlety.The rhythm tracks change song by song, one with insistent hi-hat and bass dirge, while the fourth track, which originally had Kim Gordon as vocalist, introduces a metallic industrial rhythm with the guitar appearing out of the shadows, with beautifully controlled feedback blowing across the landscape. The vibe of this track came across as if they were auditioning for David Lynch and they would not have looked out of place in the Twin Peaks roadhouse. On the final track, the vocals were echoed to a massive degree and with the feedback sweeping overhead, it was as if we were being divebombed by a squadron of screeching eagles. It makes for a dizzying finale and although they only played six tracks, they were a worthy addition to the lineup.
This is a special and very personal mix-tape for Bant Magazine out of Istanbul to support my friends who are actively fighting against government and military oppression in Turkey.
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Live cinema experiment, resulted from chance and improvisation.
Produced at an International 10 day soundcamp in Malinalco/Mexico 2015. Made on-the-fly from beginning to end. Filmed in 4 days.
Playing a live redition/scoring at Wassermusik festival.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Andy Teichmann LIVE ELECTRONICS - GERMANY
Can ‘Khan’ Oral VOCODER/UKULELE - GERMANY
Clau Fernández BASS / GUITAR - MEXICO/USA
Hannes Teichmann SYNTHS / PROCESSING - GERMANY
Ingmar Herrera ELECTRIC SAX / PERCUSSIONS - PANAMA
Julian Bonequi EXTENDED DRUMS/VOCALS - MEXICO
Mabe Fratti CELLO / VOCALS - GUATEMALA
Ronald Bustamante ELECTRIC GUITAR / LAPTOP - COSTA RICA
Uli Teichmann FLUTE / CLARINETTE - GERMANY
Santi Rodríguez SOUND ENGINEER - MEXICO
Ali Mejía CAMERA A / LIVE TIMECODE - MEXICO
Eric Erre REALTIME VIDEOMIX / POST - MEXICO
Gudrun Gut ELECTRONICS - GERMANY
Hans-Joachim Irmler HANDMADE ORGAN - GERMANY
Volkmar Liebig Goethe-Institut - MEXICO
IBOREALI NORDIC - FESTIVAL@ Teatro Franco Parenti via Pier Lombardo 14, 20135 Milano, Italy April 21st 2016, 9pm
Concert with President Bongo (GusGus), Jeppe Kjelberg (WhoMade Who), Khan Of Finland (I'm Single) for the Nordic Literature Festival in Milano Italy.
Die Musiker*innen Gudrun Gut, Khan of Finland, OFRIN, Masha Qrella undThe toten Crackhuren im Kofferraum präsentieren jeweils eine Eigenkomposition zu ausgewählten Textpassagen von Heiner Müller. 22 Uhr - Eintritt frei !
Khan will perform his mini musical "Angels Of Disguise" at the 2016 Fringe Festival in Manila/Philipines at Pinaapple Lab, 9pm.
A theatrical performance about digital enlightenment. Presenting his photo book - box-set "Angels Of Disguise" premiered at Kassel's Documenta13.
Opening reception January 31st @ 1919 Gallery, Simon Bolivar, Mexico City, 1pm-6pm
"There Is No Such Thing As Ghosts"
A site specific installation by Can “Khan” Oral including photography, found audio material (fieldrecordings), and live performance.
“There Is No Such Thing As Ghosts" is a phrase I unconsciously grabbed from a television program. It stuck to my mind and I realized that there are ghosts everywhere. Mainly in our heads, when we look at things and do not penetrate the surface. If we go behind the obvious we dig into methaphysics, the soul if you like, or the ghosts, that are all around us. Some are good and some are evil.
Konstantīns Raudive and German parapsychologist Hans Bender investigated electronic voice phenomena (EVP) in the late 60s and published a book on EVP, Breakthrough in 1971. They recorded empty rooms at night and amplified the material the next day. They realized that on tape where unknown voices to be heard, they described as ghosts communicating from “the other side”.
Can “Khan” Oral applied the same EVP technique to his photography to amplify what is “behind” that we see in every day life. The methaphysical content of the visual experience. The subtext, not the name we stick onto an object.
“There is no such thing as ghosts” is ment to haunt you and at the same time to liberate us from our daily perception. In the end they are not such bad ghaots !