Kingdom Music

Los Angeles-based producer and Night Slugs affiliate Kingdom recently released his Vertical XL EP via his own Fade To Mind label, and this EP digs deep, down into darker territory than past Kingdom music ever did.

Heavily reverbed drums and sparse, open soundscapes help to create a cold, desolate atmosphere that is consistent throughout the entire EP.  Even though the overall feeling is mostly frigid, Kingdom’s warm, familiar affection for R&B and hip-hop is still present.

On Vertical XL‘s only vocal track, the utterly amazing “Bankhead,” he creates an airy bed of string and hand claps that give singer Kelela plenty of room to let her vocals shine.  On the slow-building “Corpse,” things start with a brooding melody and then go double-time into a beat that will give your subwoofers a serious workout.

While it’s easy to see some random grime MCs rhyming over rapper friendly tracks like “OG Master” and “Viper Lash,” each song stands firmly on it’s own.  Even at it’s most minimal moments, such as “Takedown Notice,” this EP still feels heavyweight and full of surprises.

Kingdom’s Vertical XL EP is available now on iTunes, and you can stream a preview of it here.

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