Kingdom has been around the musical block, so to speak. Over the last few years he's put in the hours and put out a range of genre-defying and forward-thinking tracks on a number of great labels. In fact he's even recently started his own imprint 'Fade to Mind'. First release on Kingdom's label? The 'Timesup EP' by Nguzunguzu, a duo similarly respected for pushing the boundaries of contemporary dance music. We managed to catch up with both Kingdom and Nguzunguzu before our show at Pop Montreal 2011, and the meeting of wise experience and youthful verve was as insightful off stage as their music is bumping on it.
Photos from the night over here.
LOOKOUT, POP MONTREAL & RED BULL present:
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With major releases on Night Slugs and Fool’s Gold, as well as his own recently founded Fade To Mind label, Kingdom has been on a tear as of late. This New York/LA based producer experiments with a wide range of musical styles, mixing house and R&B influences with a darker collage of bass-heavy rhythms to create a sound that some have qualified as “a Brooklyn take on UK Garage.” Beyond his own releases, a steady stream of remixes for artists as divergent as Sleigh Bells, NGUZUNGUZU, and Montreal’s own Jacques Greene have cemented his status as one of the most sought-after, dependable, and inventive artists pushing the boundaries of dance music today.
The primary influences of Los Angeles-by-way-of-Chicago duo NGUZUNGUZU are as hard to pin down as their name is to phonetically parse out (the fist ‘N’ is silent). Daniel Pineda and Asma Marroof together form one of those rare musical partnerships whose work is truly international in scope and earnest in approach, rather than gimmick-driven or exploitative. Beyond a shared adoration of Chicago institutions like juke, footwork, and house music, the duo’s work as NGUZUNGUZU blends in the intricately overlapping areas of cumbia and reggaeton. The result is a stunningly organic form of dance music: driven by darkly insistent layers of bass yet filled in with an eclectic richness of detail that few producers can manage. Their new EP ''Timesup'' is the initial release from Kingdom's new Fade to Mind label.
LOOKOUT x POP MONTREAL
WED, SEP 21
22h • ARAABMUZIK + LUNICE + VILIFY + GUILTY
THU, SEP 23
21h • EVENING STANDARD w CFCF, MEMBERSONLY, SEB DIAMOND
23h • DFA DANCE PARTY w KIM ANN FOXMAN + PRINCE LANGUAGE ++
FRI, SEP 24
22h • KID SISTER + AZEALIA BANKS + SHAYDAKISS + DIRTY GOLD DJs
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