This week’s download comes from Rush Davis and Kingdom’s new album “Transmission.” You have seven days to download the song “Nerve.”
From the press release:
American producer Kingdom and songwriter/producer Rush Davis are thrilled to announce Transmission, their new collaborative album out November 12th on TOKiMONSTA’s Young Art Records. Built around Kingdom’s ethereal architecture melding UK bass beats with 90s and 2000s R&B, Transmission embodies the heartfelt messages of community, commitment, and self-sovereignty through an emotional spectrum of personal and collective relationship stories from Davis. By bridging technical wisdom and experimental freedom, the duo birth a rare frequency embodying queer artistry and amplifying left-of-center dance and R&B records that are pushing the limits of sound. This is championed in today’s new single, “Element.” The sound of “Element” points to the classic Kenny Dope house anthems often sampled in ballroom culture, Janet Jackson-inspired production, mixed with Kingdom’s complex syncopated rhythms, and a bit of melancholy and sex sprinkled in. This bedroom club anthem beckons an old hook-up back into the sheets to explore the curiosity of a never-ending sexual spark.
Davis and Kingdom have paved their respective lanes working behind the scenes for more than a decade. Kingdom is co-founder of the Fade to Mind label, an internationally touring DJ, and producer for Kelela, Syd, and SZA, to name a few. Davis has worked with a long list of pop, hip-hop, R&B, and electronic heavyweights such as Duke Dumont, Dawn Richard, and Scarface. Yet the spirit of this album is rooted in something purely grassroots: Mustache Mondays, a legendary queer party in Los Angeles, co-founded by the late Nacho Nava. There, Kingdom and Davis’ worlds collided for the first time in 2013. At this party, Kingdom played his first DJ sets in Los Angeles, and Davis found a home that called queer performers, primarily people of color, to the center, developed, praised, and celebrated them.
Transmission is dedicated to Mustache Mondays, as the energy from those nights seeps into the records. Revelers found love and missed connections on the dancefloor and bonded with their chosen family. A creative expression ran free from voguing performances by the House of Xtravaganza, live performances from artists like Kelela, and a plethora of avant-garde DJ sets. This project chronicles the genuine devotion that keeps a community like this going through the ups, downs, and messiness of it all. It is no wonder Transmission found the
perfect launching pad for the album in Young Art Records, a label by electronic dance mainstay TOKiMONSTA, who is building a home for fresh recordings lightyears ahead of the present moment.
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