Premiere: Khen – Cornfields (Original Mix)
Tel Aviv-native Khen has accomplished so much musically in such a short span of time in the electronic scene that he is already hailed as a household name in the progressive realm. Wielding his years of classical training and fine ear for musical arrangement into beautiful, transcendent records, Guy J quickly took the burgeoning talent under his wing.
The past year in particular has been particularly exceptional for his career – after a widely successful debut LP on Lost&Found in addition to multiple charting singles, Khen’s talents were soon noticed by John Digweed, who subsequently signed him onto Bedrock for his recent Baby Steps EP. He later scored a spot as the newest “Impact” artist by Mixmag.
Another high profile artist has had his eye on Khen since the start as well: Jeremy Olander. During the launch label for his Vivrant label, Olander even cited Khen as a talent he widely respected, and one to keep watch on. Come early 2017, the dance world saw Khen accompany his admirer for several label showcases, and will be continuing to appear at other Vivrant parties in the near future.
It only makes sense that Olander’s next move would be to invite Khen onto Vivrant officially by the way of his Cornfields EP – the second outside artist to release on the label after Eekko did the year before. Its eponymous opener is consistent with Khen’s extremely high caliber of production and emotive to its core. Fluttering synths come together to create bittersweet melodies that tug at the heartstrings while an enduring bass-line and lush percussion layers propel the piece forward. It’s quite the moving piece and acts as a perfect opener to the body of work as a whole.
Khen’s momentum is hardly slowing down; later on in the year he’ll be returning to Bedrock and Lost&Found once more for additional releases.