A man of many aliases and trades (DJ, retail owner, producer, some-time phone-sex operator), Khan's previous album of original material, 1-900-GET-KHAN, was both a reaction to the crackdown on New Yor

A man of many aliases and trades (DJ, retail owner, producer, some-time phone-sex operator), Khan's previous album of original material, 1-900-GET-KHAN, was both a reaction to the crackdown on New York's skin trade and a commentary on the line musicians walk between artistry and prostitution. The musically diverse No Comprendo finds Khan returning to the theme of sex. The absurdly dramatic "Why Hurt Flesh" is driven by a shout-out chorus and outer space-hued sounds that could have been lifted from a '50s-era science fiction flick; the noir-ish "Fantômes" and "Vaseline" also recall banal movie soundtracks. "Aman" features a fly-like droning provided by Diamanda Galas, whereas "Mercy Mama" fits bluesy guitar and harmonica against futuristic synth vibes. "The Bee," with Hanin Elias' Shirley Manson-esque singing, has the best possibilities as a track for getting the dancefloor party started, especially if followed by "Guitar King."—CLT

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