Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Passport

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Passport

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Passport * Khan * Matador Records

At first spin a CD by an edgy New York electro wunderkind might seem to have little in common with a disc by a 60-something crooner who calls Hawaii his home. But listen to them closely, and the similarities between these two artists are as apparent as Frank Sinatra's sizzle. Aside from being gay, Khan and Pat Rocco both share the same "my way" spirit.

Chances are, while you may have never heard of Khan, you've heard his music. This prolific 25-year-old DJ, record-shop owner, and producer (whose real name is Can Oral) has recorded under a slew of monikers. Passport is a compendium of his impressive body of work and serves as a sonic visa into his world. Khan lets no groove go unturned--or unsampled, for that matter--and the results can be jarring, mysterious, and invigorating. "Suck Blood," for instance, weds heavy-metal distortion with a wallop of a dance beat, turning it into the most wicked of go-go box bump-and-grinders. "I Put a Smile on Your Face" is a giddy techno joy ride, while the pumping "G.E.N.A.T.T.A.C.K.Z. Part1" pays homage to the body-rockin' beats of the '80s. Passport shows the beat master that Khan is. …

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