Shir Khan

Exploited Records Boss

Shir Khan made his name by putting out regular mixtapes, which were heard and downloaded around the world through the internet, totalling 100,000 downloads for some of the mixes. Shir Khan was jetting around the globe as a DJ even before his first release. To date, he has played at Fabric, Social in Paris, Nitsa in Barcelona, SXSW in Austin and many more... If you need a DJ that turns your dancefloor on fire, Shir Khan is the guy you turn to... Remix duties include work for Bonde do Role, Mexican Institute of Sound, Princess Superstar, The Young Punx, Evil Nine, Ben Mono and classical composer Haydn, amongst others... Shir Khan grew up on the West Side of the Berlin Wall. As a teenager he was into skateboarding and hardcore and he played guitar in several bands. He was also a wannabe teenage graffiti writer, though he’s the first to admit it wasn’t for the aptitude of his art. He started playing records at the age of 19 years, and was raised on rap and rare grooves in Berlin. At the beginning of the nineties Shir Khan started to hang out in the Berlin club scene. A few years on and he started DJing and began throwing his own parties, dropping tracks from the golden age of hip hop inspired by early Mo’Wax, Ninja Tune and Pussyfoot-stuff. By the late nineties Shir Khan had earned a reputation for solid and exciting sets. It was around this time that other influences were finally cemented and Shir Khan began digging more electronic music – but of an eclectic variety. In 2002 Shir Khan was hugely influenced by 2ManyDJs and their radical idea of fusing different genres together. Shir Khan became known as the German version of that mish-mash-sound. Released on 14 September 2009, ‘Exploited’ is a la-la-land of quality dance-floor tunes; a psychedelic paradise of booty-funk, krunked-up hip hop and dancehall, freaky electro-house with African percussions, foreign languages, voodooesque Kuduro, gypsy and Bollywood-themes mixed with jacking music. Exploited blend quality dance music with quality packaging and trendsetting design aesthetics. And the label’s second self-named compilation – ‘Exploited’ – is proof of this. There’s no doubt that it’s a little gem in either format, simply because it touches on so many genres; from Italo and disco to electro, minimal, techno, house, downtempo and glitchy bidness. Keep an eye on Exploited as it moves electro out of its infancy and brings the fun back. It’s a much needed breath of fresh air and melody in a dance music scene numbed by banging electro, polite house and discordant minimal tech. Exploited has received loyal support from the off, with spins by A-Trak, 2ManyDJs, Diplo, Jesse Rose, Switch, Erol Alkan, Boys Noize, Freeform Five, Peaches, Aeroplane, Munk, Radioclit, Tiefschwarz, DJ T. and DJ Hell to name a few... The artist roster boasts Siriusmo, Adam Sky, Mowgli aka Minimow, Malente&Dex and Lorenz Rhode. The Exploited Records artwork was nominated for ‘Best Art Vinyl 2008’. While ‘Maximize!’ was designed by Berlin underground street legend Nomad (who has recently been commissioned by Demi Moore for an exclusive piece of work), all the other artwork on the label – including the new ‘Exploited’ compilation – have been designed by Marek Polewski from Floor 5 who has won several awards for his work. The covers of all the vinyl releases are pop hybrids – by utilising famous pop cover art the Exploited releases then get painted over with the ‘Exploited‘ mark. The ‘Exploited’ CD features the scandalous painting by french artist Gustave Courbet from 1866 which was being photographed through a kaleidoscope. This oil painting of a vagina was entitled ‘The Origin of the World’. Watch out for future vinyl releases and bonus downloads by Renaissance Man, Toy Selectah, DJ Chernobyl&Praga, James Braun&Dan M, Malente&Dex, Bonde do Role, New Kidz, Analogik, Bassjunk, Jammer&Badness, Lorenz Rhode, Snax, Radioclit, Shazam, Idiotproof, DOP, Freeform Five and Krazy Fiesta which will be released from the compilation.


Shir Khan


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