(Fools Gold / Night Slugs / Acéphale, NYC)
Kingdom returns for his second appearance in Montreal, after his intimate debut in December 2009. Kingdom is a Brooklyn-based producer and DJ whose signature sets and productions have been gathering a rabid following since he released his first mixtape in 2006. Since then, DJs from Diplo to BBC’s Annie Mac have given his tracks spins, and with his recent signing to Fools Gold Records and the video for his debut single “Mind Reader” airing on MTV2, there’s no doubt that Kingdom is the young American producer to watch. Kingdom may play everything from kuduro to juke, but R&B is his first love, and it shows in his bass-heavy remixes and original tracks, often featuring R&B vocal samples on top of his trademark production style—what some have called “a Brooklyn take on the UK garage sound.” This vanguard of tropical blends, Latin stylings and bass-heavy, dance-savvy sounds from around the world is catching the ear of more than a few tastemakers.
On the “That Mystic” EP, Kingdom delivers five tracks that reference many of the aforementioned genres, but also posses a completely individual, other-worldly gleam. It’s the sound of digital chimes, operating system environments, skipping CDs, midi ringtones – the tracks are haunted by the digital realm. The EP moves from the Bubblin’/Club of the title track, to the percussive, broken “Bust Broke”, through to the medieval halfstepper “Fogs”, the all-out grimey “Pang” and is closed by the sublime refracted R&B of “Seven Chirp”. The tracks are as abstract and challenging as they are honed and club-ready.
Kingdom has received positive press and praise from magazines such as The Fader and XLR8R, to trendsetting sites such as Pitchfork and Discobelle, but his eclectic, forward-thinking style blows right past the buzz. Bok Bok of the London-based, widely acclaimed Night Slugs collective attested: “The genres Kingdom dips into range across the board, but his mixes create within themselves a new logic, a gutter house aesthetic that just makes sense.”
DJ BUS (ESL Crew)
+ special guests
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I've seen a bunch of really great concerts in the last few weeks. Inspiration to see the bands came from stealing their music off the internet, naturally....so at the shows I went in and bought something to put money right in the artists pocket, especially because i was impressed. Got myself some CD and vinyls, whatever - not trying to be self rightous, but i gotta say its a good feeling. Anyways, lately been finding that these same said artists, are putting out great videos. I think this feeling is happiness... at the experience of a resurgence of music (instruments, vocals, lyrics) and the art of making it, for the art of making it.
Here they are...