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With a huge amount of support coming in for their previously shared efforts ‘Vultures’ and ‘Took It All Away’ in recent months, KHARTOUM continue their ascent with the unveiling of their latest single ‘Benny’ from their forthcoming EP released via Young Poet.

Channelling the same 70s era Rolling Stones aesthetic they have brought to all of their material so far, ‘Benny’ sees the group venture further into that smooth and enticing realm of bold, groove-filled indie-rock. With its fresh, glittering production measured up against a sweet and soaring chorus, their newest release showcases their gifted songwriting abilities which we can expect to hear more of throughout their upcoming ‘Vultures’ EP.

Accompanying the new single is the new video, directed by Khartoum’s own Oscar Dunbar, when discussing the new video he is quoted:
“Inspired by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Bonnie & Clyde. Benny & Alice are our hero’s and their story is a snapshot of a relationship in flux, time stands still as our protagonists race towards the unknown. I was very lucky to work with the most wonderful actors in Danni Spooner and Zinzi Caine. I wanted to modernise the old formula for a film based around a couple by working with actors from the under-represented LGBTQ+ and Black community. My long-term collaborator Richard Bell ACS was the cinematographer and this project has been a labour of love for us both. We hope you enjoy.”

Formed in 2017, Khartoum has received numerous plaudits over the last few years, with many comparing them to Wolf Alice and Sunflower Bean alongside heroes Primal Scream and The Rolling Stones. After playing their first ever live show at the Musée du Louvre in Paris and building up a loyal following tearing up stages across London, the band have recently come off a sold out show at The Old Blue Last in the capital and are lined up to play Lattitude festival later this month.

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With their monthly residency at London venue Laylow seeing the likes of Sir Mick Jagger dancing in the front row, as well as the band taking to the venue’s rooftop to perform a set to Londoners via a drone camera during the first COVID lockdown, they have also received support from the likes of Spotify (Hot New Bands), Apple Music, CLASH, BBC Introducing on Radio1, Hoxton FM, Amazing Radio and Rinse FM, and their performance at Glastonbury 2019 was described by renowned music journalist Neil McCormick as “capturing the true spirit of the festival” and “the essence of Rock n Roll”.


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