The Bunker presents Khan and Santos Resiak at Galapagos
March 14, 2008
Can Oral, aka Khan, was born of a Finnish mother and Turkish father, and grew up as an outsider in a hostile Germany. He started his first band Mut zum Schlag (Courage to the Beat) in 1982 with 2 drummers and Khan screaming, and released the first German hip hop/no wave record. He eventually tired of the rock-band life of rehearsals and beer, bought a cheap Atari computer and Prophet 2000 sampler, and started making music for German and Austrian TV programs.
In the late 80s, Khan met the Time Tunnel/Structure posse from Cologne and started making techno with people like Walker, Jammin Unit, Mike Ink. and Jorg Burger. In 1992 he left for New York, where he lived with Jimi Tenor and had a band called Public Extacy that played the early NY Illbient/Lalalandia parties. In their cockroach-infested kitchen studio, they also recorded hundreds of records such as the Bizz OD smash hit “I’m Coming Out Of Your Speakers”. In 1994, Khan opened Temple Records (an electronic record store in the basement of the Liquid Sky clothing store on Lafayette) and started the El Turco Loco label. He also started the Killer party. Once he realized that his least favorite DJs were spinning his records, Khan decided to change his style and became one of ambient's most innovative producers, with projects like H.E.A.D., Global Electronic Network, Radiowaves and 4E, recording for such labels as Mille Plateaux, Harvest, and Rising High. These records had significant impact on the UK Fat Cat, Ifach, and Ninja Tune scenes. In 1999, Matador released the electro-porn quasi-soundtrack 1-900-GET-KHAN, and a “greatest hits” compilation of sorts, "Passport", in early 2000.
Then with “No Comprendo”, Khan produced a living-homage to the artists that inspired him, collaborating with vocalists Diamanda Galas, Andre Williams, Kid Congo Powers, Brigitte Fontaine, Julee Cruise, and Stereo Total’s Francoise Cactus. And then Khan started really focusing on collaborations. He toured and produced with Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club, Bad Seeds, The Cramps) and released “Bad English” (Transsolar). He recorded as Little Annie and The Legally Jammin (with Christian Jendreiko). And he recorded and toured as Captain Comatose (“Going Out” and “Up in Flames”) on Playhouse as the last standing disco band: one giant disco party!
In 2007, Khan released the "Who Never Rests" album on Tomlab. The focus is no longer on collaborations but on Khan doing his solo thing, including all of the vocals. We've seen Khan play more times than we can count in NYC over the years, and every show is completely different and totally mind-boggling. It's actually been quite a while since Khan has played at a party in NYC, and we're really not sure what to expect, but it will be memorable. We're pleased to present this electronic music legend who's had a huge impact on both the NYC techno scene and the global electronic network.
Dante Costantini aka Santos Resiak is a 24 year-old Argentinean musician who happily ventures out to invade the strangely limited world of minimal techno. The Poker-crazy, friendly freak, raised in the city of Rosario, does not care what others think; a gift not well-received by his primary school teachers but beneficial for his later career. Born into a league of producers who shape the young and restless Argentinean scene which emerged in a country that seems ready to collapse at any given moment. Dante’s music oscillates between celebrated crisis and regretful euphoria. Just what we need to fuel the floors! Santos is a new talent, with upcoming releases Glückskind (with a remix from Ryan Crosson) and Unfoundsound.