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Tonight at Beat Research, we’re happy to play host to one of our favorite producers/DJs of the moment, Kingdom! Have you heard his recent mix for Discobelle? You really should. It’s so many different colors of awesome, I can’t even tell you.
I’ve been digging Ezra’s approach for a couple years now, lucky to have him playing here (his home state, whatwhat?!) fairly frequently, esp when bredrin Lone Wolf was in town. The way Kingdom’s been blowing up lately, I’m not sure we can count on seeing as much of him in the coming months, in-demand as he’s becoming. His distinctive take on crunk, funky, soca, r&b, bassline, & future club beats of all sorts is ass-shakingly mind-boggling (in fine Clintonian spirit). Kingdom surfs transatlantic bass waves with panache, balance, joissance.
I played a couple Kingdom tracks last week in Mexico to whoops and hollers and a whole lotta (co)motion. Something about his peppery use of bass drops, diva vox, funky/soca drums, and synth fantasia really resonates right now. I’d tell you more about it, but since you should really just hear it for yourself, and since I’ve got some catching up to do after 5 days in Mexico (debriefing pronto!), I’ll let the always eloquent DJ/Rupture — most recently, see e.g. — tell you what’s up when it comes to Kingdom (with an obvious edit of my own toward the end, esp given how much /R “dislikes Boston” lol)
Part of the excitement is that his mixes are littered with original exclusives and refixes and female vocal power, and Poppa Ezra is one of best club beatmakers around right now, so the moral of the story is: BOSTON STAND UP!
So, SRSLY, Boston, do get up for this (and down with us) tonight!*
567 MASS AVE
* And then go check him in JP alongside Ripley tomorrow!