Imran Khan is a writer who lives in Canada. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for other publications like Inside Entertainment, aRUDE and The Toronto Quarterly.
Coming in to Land: Pigeon John Inducts Hip-Hop Into the Twilight Zone | 20 Oct 2016 // 10:00 PM
Hip-hop’s most loquacious jester forges ahead into a twilight zone of skewed and jacked up hip-hop.
Lost (and Found) in Space: United Sounds of Joy Transmit From Another Universe | 28 Sep 2016 // 9:30 PM
If beauty and horror were two parallaxes in the vast expanse of the galaxy, somewhere between those points you might hear these songs.
Making a Sene: The Rise of Brian Marc | 20 Sep 2016 // 10:00 PM
Brian Marc, AKA Sene, manages a minimal but heavy discipline of turntablist groove; his dream-washed music appropriates the rhythms of a casual stroll through city streets.
An Anxious Eroticism: The Flesh and Machinery Grooves of Elyas Khan | 8 Jun 2016 // 4:49 AM
Elyas Khan's sensuously-disquieting music, in his own words, is a hallucinatory event: it embodies the kind of fear, alarm and agoraphobia we sometimes feel when we've read too many headlines for the day.
A Poetic Filament: An Interview with Writer and Musician Azeem | 24 May 2016 // 9:30 PM
What you hear in Azeem's music is bluster and anger, a rage of words and sound. But at the very core of his sonic tirade is the enveloping silence of anagogic contemplation.
Come to Dada: Maestro Gamin's Hip-Hop Surrealism //16.Mar.16
Soviet Misfit: The Life and Music of BB Gabor //13.Mar.16
X = Why? Annette Peacock's 'X-Dreams' //10.Dec.15
Spoken-Hearted: An Interview With OVEOUS //8.Nov.15
Heart of Darkness: An Interview with Valery Gore //27.Oct.14
Wake Up: An Interview with Mason Jennings //25.Oct.11
Now Hear This! Valery Gore [Toronto, Canada] //26.May.10
Taking the Bitter With the Swede: Adam Tensta's Moody Hip-Hop Soul | 7 Sep 2016 // 10:15 PM
One of Sweden's most outspoken and celebrated rappers returns with an album of eerie hip-hop noir, where the heavy grooves luxuriate in the nebulous fog of despair.
The Hunted and the Haunted in 'King Stakh's Wild Hunt' | 19 Aug 2016 // 3:29 AM
Deeply baroque and shamelessly foreboding, Uladzimir Karatkevich’s King Stakh’s Wild Hunt is a crowning achievement of Belarusian gothic.
The Veridical Dream: Running on Empty With Etienne Daho | 5 Jul 2016 // 9:29 PM
It’s funny how a dream, which has its basis in the intangible unknown and is full of fanciful fabrications, can lead to an indisputable truth. Daho soundtracks such dreams.
Murder for Two: Oedipal Death-Cycles in 'The Eye of the Beholder' | 18 Apr 2016 // 9:30 PM
Behm turns the detective novel first on its head and then sideways before shot-putting it across a terrain of Żuławskian terror; its film adaptation is an equally nerve-wracking descent into oedipal destruction.
Effortless Deliciousness: The 'Bite Me' Sisters Have Got It Licked | 27 Mar 2016 // 9:30 PM
With Lick Your Plate, their latest cookbook, these sisters endeavour to bring meals humming with deliciousness and humor to your table.
As Good As Gold: Lio's Subversive Euro-Pop //16.Feb.16
The Young Turk: Kamufle's Basement-Deep Hip-Hop //15.Oct.15
Status Flow: The Kingly Rhymes of Marracash //23.Apr.15
A Dark Rapture: The Rise of Punk in Spain //15.Oct.14
The Rap Pack: Italy's Indie-Rappers //19.Feb.14
Istanbul Calling: Hip-Hop in the Melting Pot //5.Aug.13
Dreaming the Book: The Works of Antonio Tabucchi and Fernando Pessoa | 12 Sep 2016 // 3:30 AM
These writings evoke a powerful, hypnagogic imagery, presenting possible scenes from Pessoa’s impossible dreams.
Angela Pleasence Exhibits Madness and Love in 'Symptoms' | 24 Aug 2016 // 9:15 PM
Symptoms reaches for a different sort of horror, the kind that festers in the obsessive minds of the romantically distraught.
Fantôm Menace: The Films of 'Fantômas' | 15 Jun 2016 // 3:30 AM
One can’t help but feel as though the movements of this romantic and dreamlike world are the work of some whimsical puppet-mastery.
Art Decadence in 'L'inhumaine' | 26 May 2016 // 9:45 PM
Smart, sharp and fashionably ahead of its time, L’inhumaine hangs in an aesthetic balance between the cerebral pretensions of a popular literary novel and the continental-chic of a glamour magazine.
Street Roving in 'Downtown 81' and 'Wild Style' | 23 May 2016 // 4:30 AM
These two films speak earnestly to the nature of creativity and the sense of urgency one often experiences in producing a work of art – especially when faced with little to no means during the creative process.
Betty Boo: Grrr! It's Betty Boo //20.Apr.16
Aparat: Aparat //6.Apr.16
Nixxon: For No Good Reason //27.Mar.16
Jovanotti: 2015 CC //14.Mar.16
Dancing Up a Storm in 'Valentino' //29.Feb.16
The Reign of 'Black Caesar' //24.Jan.16
'Little Sister' Keeps it All in the Family //18.Jan.16
Sexual Climates in 'Black Angel' //10.Jan.16
OMC Pauly Fuemana's Bizarre Life //8.Dec.15
Down and Out in Hollywood: 'Slam Dance' //7.Dec.15
'A Black Veil for Lisa' Isn't Worth Unveiling //16.Nov.15
Rebel Hell //15.Oct.15
'The Sender' Delivers Psychic Horror //4.Oct.15
Astrid Williamson: We Go to Dream //17.Aug.15
Jack Savoretti: Written in Scars //23.Jul.15
The Lover Speaks: The Lover Speaks //22.Jul.15
Two Works in Anaïs Nin's Cities of the Interior //20.May.15
School's Out Forever in 'Class of 1984' //13.Apr.15
Charlie Winston: Curio City //3.Mar.15
'La Belle Captive' Is a Beautiful Nightmare //15.Feb.15
Neneh Cherry: Blank Project Deluxe //12.Feb.15
Björk: Biophilia Live //27.Jan.15
'The Conformist' Is a Political Thriller Washed in the Hues of a Thousand Psychosexual Dreams //1.Dec.14
Ruby: Waiting For Light //12.Nov.14
Love in a Gilded Cage: 'Blanche' //9.Oct.14
Thomas Dybdahl: What's Left Is Forever //29.Jun.14
It's No Longer a Man's World in 'Ms. 45' //10.Jun.14
Mondo Marcio: Nella bocca della tigre //2.Jun.14
Albin de la Simone: Un Homme //8.Apr.14
Mark Springer: Menu //5.Mar.14
Vanessa Daou: Light Sweet Crude (Act 1: Hybrid) //27.Feb.14
'The Beauty of the Devil' and the Visual Feast //17.Nov.13
The Bloody Beetroots: Hide //25.Oct.13
Boris Carloff: The Escapist //10.Jun.13
Royal Wood: We Were Born to Glory //31.Jan.13
Da Poet: Poetika //23.Jan.13
Jovanotti: Italia: 1988-2012 //1.Oct.12
Jack Savoretti: Before the Storm //13.Sep.12
Lori Carson: Another Year //31.Jul.12
Dreadzone: Eye on the Horizon //27.Jul.10
Ingrid Chavez: A Flutter and Some Words //25.Jan.10
Vanessa Daou: Joe Sent Me //7.Sep.09
Miranda Barber: Lips' Decision //24.Mar.09
Jeanne Cherhal: Leau //28.Aug.07
Anja Garbarek: Angel-A //12.Mar.07
David Grumel: Beaurivage //3.Jan.07
When Kontagious Was Shaken, Not Stirred | 28 Jun 2016 // 4:52 AM
Koray Fuat, formerly of UK band Kontagious, recounts how the band's briefly ubiquitous single "Shake It Up" shook things up in London's hip-hop underground for a short while.
The Glow Lives on in Taimak's 'The Last Dragon' | 27 Jun 2016 // 7:30 AM
The actor's memoir is a backtracking through a life under scrutiny and a life eventually left to chance.
The Sensual Machine: 'The Typewriter Revolution' | 21 Mar 2016 // 3:30 AM
Richard Polt’s work is simply a confessional love letter to a most charming and pioneering creation.
In Brodsky's 'The Immortals', Greek Mythology Is a Sculptural Tool (Sponsored Article) | 3 Mar 2016 // 3:00 AM
Like the surreal, dreamlike romance of Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus, the immortals of Brodsky’s world wander throughout cities, caught between their ethereal origins and the gritty realism of their oneiric existence.
Adian Coker - "Been There" | 11 Nov 2015 // 10:30 AM
The British rapper's latest material sees him minimizing the aggression of his grittier excursions for a cooled and measured flow of liquid rhymes.