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  • Release Date 2010-07-26
  • Label Night Slugs
  • Catalog NS006
The latest EP on the Night Slugs label comes from shamanic US producer Kingdom, and is literally epic in span. Its title track "That Mystic" was built almost two years ago while some others were finished as recently as a few weeks before the release date. The EP also contains his most advanced, engrossing material to date. Kingdom rose to public acclaim with his debut single "Mind Reader" (released on Fool's Gold in early 2010). A collaboration with big-voiced NYC diva Shyvonne, "Mind Reader" captured the raw energy, fwd thrust and sweet-vs-sour aesthetic of UK Bassline, and combined it with the trancey bigroom bang of Dutch Bubblin' music to form a true crossover smash. But even before "Mind Reader", Kingdom has been deeply involved in the Night Slugs fold, having had his European debut at their second ever club night. It was his mixtapes that first alerted Night Slugs' attention. Mixing up garage, crunk, US club, house and R&B, Kingdom was instantly on a wavelength. Uniquely, R&B (the production but especially the vocals) stood out as his most prominent influence. Back to 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 banger "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. Essential contemporary club music!
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