The Fade To Mind label boss and Kelela producer details the inspirations behind his forward-thinking R&B sound.
Starting out as a DJ in the late ’00s, doing runway mixes for fashion labels like Hood By Air and playing local parties, Brooklyn-bred DJ Kingdom moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and started on a new music journey – releasing his “Mind Reader” single on Fool’s Gold Records and teaming up with Dallas producer Prince William to start their own label, Fade To Mind. As well as crafting Fade To Mind’s sonic and aesthetic identity in tandem with his own productions – a melodious Y2K-indebted style of R&B, with heaving basslines and crisp digital hooks – Kingdom caught the attention of London’s Night Slugs crew and began a long-standing transatlantic relationship that’s seen him release several solo and collaborative EPs with the likes of Bok Bok, Nguzunguzu and Girl Unit. Apart from these club-focused projects, Kingdom collaborates with contemporary R&B artists such as SZA, Dawn Richard, Syd and Kelela, most notably producing tracks for the latter’s 2013 debut mixtape Cut 4 Me and 2015’s Hallucinogen EP. In early 2017, Kingdom released his solo debut album, Tears in the Club, on Fade To Mind: exploring the ever-evolving relationship between synthetic beats and experimental R&B, romantic tales told on the club dancefloor.
Get to know the voice behind Kingdom’s “Mind Reader,” New York-based vocalist Shyvonne.
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