Monday, November 22, 2010

Lincolnup – Subsubtropical 2

Since being in San Francisco I’ve watched my native Pacific Northwest begin to flourish as place for forward-thinking dance music. Just recently Nguzunguzu duo graced stages in both Seattle and Portland, and New Years will see a visit from uk producer and co-owner of the Hessle Audio label Ramadanman. These two artists are among 2010′s best new producers, each with their own take on what it means to be related to genres like house, uk garage, or r&b.

As much as these artists deserve our brightest accolades, so too do the promoters and DJs who play host to them. Often these individuals will make little to no money, play to empty crowds, or be driven from their venues due to any number of unfortunate circumstances. One such outfit of bass ambassadors is the Bubblin’ crew located in Portland, Oregon. Made up of DJs Ben Tactic (of the Tactic production duo with co-producer Brent Tactic) and Lincolnup, Bubblin’ has single-handedly injected faith into the hearts of Portland clubgoers.

This mix, from Lincolnup, is one that reminds the west coast (and the world) that U.S. cities are representing for a new world order of international, inter-webbed, and intergalactic sounds that undoubtedly point to the future. Mixed live, Lincolnup blends everything from Tribal Guarachero hero Erick Rincon to equally teenage Northwest-native Cedaa‘s Juke inspired rhythms.

Check Lincolnup’s tracklist and download the mix from the Bubblin’ Soundcloud below. And keep an eye on Bubblin’ and the Northwest-family in 2011 as their ripples will surely continue to be felt.

Lincolnup – Subsubtropical 2
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01. Emmerson and Nehuen “Cocoa Rain”
02. KingThing “Rio She Said”
03. Kashii “Nether Where ft. Simon Lord (Mensah remix)”
04. Velour : Kick It Til It Breaks
05. Helixir : Ride The Wind
06. Warrior One : Lord Of Bashy (Doc Daneeka 2 Step Militia remix)
07. Altered Natives : Bullet Blade Knuckle Slap
08. Gallons : The Crying Man
09. Erick Rincon : Satisfaction
10. Alan Javier : Calambria 2010
11. Erick Rincon : Muevelo y Goza
12. Maxwell : Bad Habits (Dave Nada Club Mix)
13. Supra 1 : Ghoster
14. Shortstuff & Mickey Pearce : Tripped Up (Ramadanman Re-Edit)
15. Terror Danjah : I’m Feelin U
16. Distal & HxdB : Typewriter Tune
17. Cedaa : Hypnotiq
18. Glass Actor : Komodo
19. Pony Pony Run Run : Walking On A Line (French Fries remix)
20. Makongo : Angolan Kung Fu (Dubbel Dutch remix)
21. The XX : Crystalised (Dark Sky remix)
22. Clubroot : Dulcet (Bryan Zentz remix)
23. Kromestar : Love

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posted by TheCrookedClef at 7:00 am  

Friday, October 23, 2009

Kingdom – CMJ & Mix

Thanks, again, to the Swedes for providing us (Americans) with a fresh look at American culture. Discobelle, our Grindin’ Blog Network papa-bear, has just posted a boiling new mix from NYC club-phenom Kingdom. After doing an interview with us way back when he was just a fledgling, it now seems that we’ve inspired him to become even greater than he already was. Ha. Now a member of Fool’s Gold’s finest, and with production coming out an Acephale Records, Kingdom is no longer a mere peasant, he is in fact, ruling the land.

If you’re embarrassed about leaning hard into below-the-waist dance moves whilst in public places, I recommend you don’t download this. If his L-Vis 1990 remix isn’t enough, the Brandy-sprinkled refix of Roska‘s Elevated Levels will surely bring your awkward hands up mid-bus ride. Always featuring a sultry line-up of guest female vocalists, along with tracks that will make you search the high-deserts of the internet to obtain them, there is no doubt you will be getting grimey half-naked in your boots with this one.

You can find Kingdom invading Public Assembly in New York City tomorrow (Saturday the 25th) with a who’s who of Trash Menagerie favorites including, Prince William, Dubbel Dutch, Math Head, and Chaz Requina & Leif. Hosted by Chaz, Tiny, and Vice Versa, this party is brought to you by the good people of Unit.One, Broken Teeth, and Palms Out Sounds. There is absolutely no question that this event is a showcase of the brightest club-music talent in New York City, and I will doing my best to re-create the event in my bedroom.

Kingdom – Discobelle Mix October 2009

01. Kingdom – Wine & Stomp (Intro)
02. Jam City – In the Park (Kingdom Refix ft. Allure)
03. Bok Bok – Ripe Banana
04. L-Vis 1990 – United Groove (Kingdom Remix)
05. Cooly G – Jus Wanna
06. KG – 808
07. Roska – Elevated Level (Kingdom Edit ft. Brandy)
08. Marcus Price & Carli – Mat, Bira, Kvinnor, Weed (Kingdom Remix)
09. Dubbel Dutch – Throwback
10. Lil Silva – Different (Kingdom Remix ft. Jazmine Sullivan)
11. DJ Makency – Ragga Jump
12. DJ Alan Rosales – Claps
13. KS-20 – Fun-key (Instrumental)
14. Lil Silva – Pulse vs. Flex
15. Kingdom – Mindreader ft. Shyvonne (Bok Bok Remix)
16. Lenny Fonata – Spirit of the Sun (Bump & Flex Mix)
17. DJ Corlando – Passa Passa (Kingdom Remix)
18. Kingdom – YOU
19. Terror Danjah – With U ft. Shola Ama
20. Young Dot – DPM Remix / Threat Misses – Juke Ya Girl (Kingdom Remix)
21. The Dream – Fancy

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Monday, January 12, 2009

TM Exclusive – Kingdom Interview

Ever since I saw Kingdom at The Bodega, deep in the heart of Bushwick Brooklyn, I’ve been trying to reconnect with that night musically and spiritually. That particular night the DJ/Producer Kingdom was supporting a project called OMG Michelle, an all-girl rap group named URB‘s “Next” 1000 in April of 2008. Their song “You Don’t Know Michelle”, was featured on Annie Mac’s BBC show “Mashup” earlier in the year. But before laying down his productions for OMG Michelle, Kingdom took us through a picture-perfect tour of 90′s R&B and Hip-Hop. Profiled earlier in the year, The Bodega is known for its debauchery and lunacy, so when Kingdom brought a highly diverse group of scenesters to their booty- wobbling knees with Ol’ Dirty Bastard classics, the path was made crystal clear for the New York-Crunk of OMG Michelle.

Despite a short set of material, their energy was focused and fun, but the beats were truly dizzying. What followed the set, and the confirmation of my further monetary and intellectual investment, was when Kingdom dropped back into some R&B favorites just before he led us perfectly into Dexplicit‘s remix of Chris Brown’s “Kiss Kiss”, a punch-drunk Bassline bouncer that launches the original into fist-pumping, dance floor oblivion. And I thought to myself, well, obviously! From then on my shouts for more Bassline were dutifully answered.

After the show I made sure to start Googling. As I figured, Kingdom’s mosaic of influences and sounds are unlike much of what is going on in American dance music. Also, his ability to pull from the successes of the world’s Urban music landscape is not unlike a certain Baltimore-based disc jockey named Diplo. So it should come as no surprise that Kingdom’s most recent work was for Noise-Pop duo Telepathe‘s song “Chromes On It.” Telepathe have recently been seen touring with Diplo for their Mad Decent Tour this Fall. Along with a host of other unofficial remixes of Rap and R&B familiars, Kingdom’s mixtape’s listen like a true artist’s vision, familiar but wholly original.

Thus the following interview is inspired by Jace Clayton’s (DJ/Rupture) own interview on his radio show Mudd Up! with Kingdom, and a series of previews he did of Kingdom’s upcoming tracks. Not only was I enraptured with the man’s music, but his words were equally well executed and poignant. I’ve since listened to the show numerous times. So when the show was sadly unarchived, I got my own interview, and my own snippets, and now I’m sharing them with you. Attached also is a mix Kingdom put out in May, as well as high-quality tracks of his Telepathe remix, as well as something (unofficially) for Weezy F. Baby. Enjoy!

For those readers who don’t know as much about the work you do, could you share a brief “coming-of-age” about your life as a DJ? How did you come to New York, and what has your work involved up until now?

I moved to NYC when I was 18 to study at Parsons School of Design, and I’ve also remained very connected to Massachusetts, where I grew up. I wasn’t DJing while I was in school, but I was in a rave performance troupe / band with my friends from MA called Memoreis Forever. We did summer tours in 2003 and 2004. I made the beats and did production for the group, and we had a song called Kingdom actually, thats how I got the name when I started working solo. Then around 2006 I did my first party which was a Hip Hop party called Not Straigh Outta Compton. My friends and I threw it in this tiny club behind a liquor store on Graham Ave. in Williamsburg. That technically wasn’t a DJ gig though because we all wanted to be on the floor the whole night, so we would make mix CDs and just let them play. It was the funnest party I’ve ever been to. It’s amazing how much fun it is to be at a party with no DJ to focus on, just dancing. My first real DJ gig was in 2007 when Telfar invited me to play at his party Something Tight (first Thursdays at Happy Ending), that’s where I learned to DJ and I still do that party with him now.

The first mix of yours that I listened to was by complete accident. I was shopping at Opening Ceremony in SoHo and noticed two volumes of mixtapes. After looking at the tracklist and seeing your combination of Hip-Hop, R&B and dance music, I was thoroughly intrigued. How do these genres cross over for you?

I think dance music has always had a Soul element to it, especially early on. Disco, Chicago House, UK Garage, and even the short lived genre of Hip-House, and on and on. It’s a natural connection. Hip-Hop was originally created as a form of dance music and is intrinsically a form of electronic music. R&B is such a broad genre but it certainly birthed disco and House. In the past few years, mainstream Hip Hop and R&B artists have been embracing dance music again, and Ghettotech, B’more, and Juke music have become more and more popular, so they feel more connected than ever before.

Some what off-topic, but as someone who is interested in fashion, I’d love to know why Opening Ceremony was a place you felt best to promote yourself?

I have friends that sell their clothing lines there, and friends that work there, and so many music people shop there. Recently Kid Sister hit me up and told me she heard my mixtape there and was into it so… its nice to hear that people are reacting to it in that environment. I’ve actually gotten a quite positive response to my music in the fashion world, and done soundtracks for a few fashion shows. I’m not sure exactly what it is, because there are some pretty questionable people in that world, but there are also some very innovative, future-minded people mixed in there, and those ones are really enthusiastic about new sounds. I also sell my mixes at an amazing store in L.A. called New High Mart.

Why is this synthesis of sound seem to be so important to the 21st century realm of “dance music,” or even just pop music in general?

It feels a bit cliche but, I think its a certain kind of globalization. Kids in South Africa are making music thats is connected to the music that kids are making in the Netherlands, and in London, and in Angola, and all of it is making its way onto the internet for the world to hear, and that changes everything. In terms of dance music crossing over into the sound of U.S. “urban” and “pop” music, I think that people want to dance right now, they need a way to release the tension and pain of the world.

As for your own sound as a producer and remixer, there are a lot of clear UK Garage and Bassline influences. What appeals to you about those genres?

I’ve always been a fan of UK music, especially when my friend DJ Lone Wolf first played me Grime in 2003. I was fully blown away. From early 2-step Garage all the way up through the current UK Funky sound, there is always a push to innovate the beat, to challenge clubgoers to dance to something quicker and more complex, and the inclusion of R&B and Dancehall influences also makes it such an incredible group of genres.

CD Vinyl, A Kingdom Original

CD Vinyl, A Kingdom Original

Along the same lines, the UK scene has since Rave/Hardcore/Jungle in the 90′s, been at the forefront of electronic music. They clearly take dance music very seriously, but what do the States have to offer right now, especially since you seem to be interested in bridging some of those gaps.

No matter how much Hip Hop and R&B influence there is in UK music, they may never really understand Hip Hop. When I’ve DJed in London people wanna hear 140bpm all night and bob up and down. It’s so fun because I finally get to play so many tunes that are too hard or fast for the U.S. audience. But it always feels good to be back home where if you decide to drop a Swizz Beats track at 3 AM, people actually know how to dance to it. Hip Hop is fully mainstream in the U.S.A. and I think we have some of the best dancers too. My friend Manara said it and I think it’s true, that dancing in the UK is all upper body. She was surprised to discover that every girl (even the white girls) here in the U.S. know how to wine their battys. lol. We also have such a diverse range of dance musics being made in the U.S., we definitely have something special to offer.

This of course brings us to your own work as a producer. What are you working on right now? Some of your recent tracks were previewed on DJ/Rupture’s weekly show “Mudd Up” on WFMU, and I couldn’t help but notice what a dynamic sound your pushing. What excites you most about the sounds/genres your working with?

The sounds and genres mixing together creating something danceable but challenging is what excites me. Mixing club genres together and adding some extra heavy bass, that’s what gets me going.

Who are some artists you’re looking to in 2009? I see Dubstep playing a huge role in this cross-section of genres you’re interested in, what’s your perspective or predictions do you have for that genre?

To be honest I know close to nothing about Dubstep. Maybe I need someone who knows the good shit to school me? Sometimes I feel like its very male-oriented and a bit ponderous. I’m really into female-oriented genres. Though there’s so few quality tracks coming out of the genre now, I got so excited when Bassline first started to emerge, because there was a female vocal on almost every track.

One of the shows I saw you do this Summer was with OMG Michelle. Tell us a little about OMG Michelle and your work with those ladies?

Those are some amazing people right there… love them. They love Crunk music and Freestyle and club music and have really good energy. We met through mutual friends and they said they wanted to do a track together. I sent them a beat I made with my friend Dennis and “You Don’t Know Michelle” was born. People responded really well to the track, it ended up on Fluokids and then Annie Mac played it on her BBC radio show and shouted out all of our names, that was pretty fun. They understand what I’m all about so working with them is a pleasure, people will definitely be seeing tons more of them in 2009.

You’ve recently released a remix or the Noise/Experimental duo Telepathe who is rolling with the Mad Decent crew right now. How were you approached to do that remix and what were some challenges in approaching a sound so different from yours?

When I was in school I was listening to a lot of the stuff that was coming out of Providence like Forcefield / Mindflayer / Mystery Brinkman, etc, so those other sounds are not so foreign to me. And the sweet vocals remind me of some of the stuff Memories Forever did. Really it was that cascading snare roll that got me, I was really excited to work with that.

Last but certainly not least, we’d love to hear a little about your new night at Mr. Black?

Myself, DJ Magnan, and DJ Telfar do the front room every Saturday at Mr. Black (251 w.30th St.), and our party is called CASTLE. It’s one of the few consistently fun dance parties in the city so I encourage your readers to come check it out. I also have my own monthly I’m doing called Club Vortex where I’ve had guest DJs from all over, but we’re currently looking for a new venue for that one.

Any closing statements?

I’m putting the finishing touches on some brand new tracks (as you mentioned) so I encourage everyone to keep their ears peeled, big things will be popping off soon. Also if people like the tracks and want high quality versions they should head over to my website and cop the mixtapes (, and you can always see where I’m DJing next on my myspace (

Kingdom – Club Vortex Mix


Kingdom Feat. Shyvonne – Mindreader (Preview)

Kingdom – YOU (Preview)

Telepathe – Chromes On It (Kingdom Remix)

Lil’ Wayne – Lollipop (Kingdom Remix)

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posted by TheCrookedClef at 8:43 pm