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 // 9:00 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 // 8:30 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 // 9:00 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 // 3:49 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 // 8:30 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 //26.Oct.14
Wake Up: An Interview with Mason Jennings //25.Oct.11
Now Hear This! Valery Gore [Toronto, Canada] //26.May.10
Home Alone: Laird Koenig's 'The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane' | 11 Dec 2016 // 8:30 PM
Novelist Laird Koenig managed to capture the world of children with an exactitude that is rare nowadays. His children are often sagacious -- and sometimes they're sociopaths.
An Italian in New York: Mondo Marcio Gets Fresh | 30 Nov 2016 // 8:30 PM
Italy's favourite rapper mines the crates of American '90s hip-hop on his latest work.
Taking the Bitter With the Swede: Adam Tensta's Moody Hip-Hop Soul | 7 Sep 2016 // 9:15 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 // 2:29 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 // 8:29 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.
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
Murder She Sang: Stardom and Psychosis in Eckhart Schmidt's 'The Fan' | 1 Feb 2017 // 8:45 PM
A close-cutting examination on fame and the persuasive power of celebrity, The Fan is rife with tension and controversy.
Private Goes Public in Miklós Janscó's 'Private Vices, Public Virtues' | 13 Nov 2016 // 8:45 PM
With this highly contentious erotic drama, Miklós Janscó fashions a most insular story of sexual freedom with an impenitent degree of self-indulgence.
U.G.: Portals | 13 Nov 2016 // 8:05 PM
Delivered through a mastery of dark spell, Portals finds rapper U.G. ensuring that his telesthetic rhymes are grounded in the loping swings of granite-heavy beats.
Enthusiastic Dispassion in Eve Babitz's 'Slow Days, Fast Company' | 4 Nov 2016 // 2:30 AM
Whether these tales are intentionally remote or the projection and appropriations of Babitz’s own afflicted desires, her ability for sagacious detail is never obscured.
Dreaming the Book: The Works of Antonio Tabucchi and Fernando Pessoa | 12 Sep 2016 // 2:30 AM
These writings evoke a powerful, hypnagogic imagery, presenting possible scenes from Pessoa’s impossible dreams.
Fantôm Menace: The Films of 'Fantômas' //15.Jun.16
Art Decadence in 'L'inhumaine' //26.May.16
Street Roving in 'Downtown 81' and 'Wild Style' //23.May.16
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 //22.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
The Romantic Nightmare in Alfred Döblin's 'Bright Magic' | 22 Feb 2017 // 8:15 PM
The stories in this collection are circular, puzzling; they often end as cruelly as they do quietly, the characters and their journeys extinguished with poisonous calm.
Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa' | 15 Jan 2017 // 8:45 PM
A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.
Astrid Williamson: Requiem and Gallipoli | 22 Dec 2016 // 5:30 AM
Returning to her formative classical music training, singer-songwriter Williamson releases a set of orchestral compositions exploring musical grounds traversed by such composers like Górecki and Pärt.
Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop | 8 Dec 2016 // 5:05 AM
More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.
Maestro Gamin and Books One - "Future Calling" (audio) | 29 Nov 2016 // 2:55 AM
Alongside producer Books One, rapper Maestro Gamin offers yet another dose of speaker medicine with "Future Calling".