We were gonna give youz a night of the gentlemen of Night Slugs and their inimitable beat-driven discotheque compositions, but unfortunately a visa problem meant that the youthful Britishers, Bok Bok (Alex Sushon to his mum) and Girl Unit (Phillip Gamble) could not come to our balmy shores. So quicker than you can say dubstep infused, 2-Step style music that isn’t afraid to flirt with house, garage or melodic techno in a startingly new but somewhat post-modern style, we found other purveyors/djs/artistes devoted to this type of sound.
One of these is a chap who goes by the name of Kingdom (or Ezra Rubin to his childhood cohorts). He has released material on both the Night Slugs label and the equally prolific, Diplo owned and operated, Mad Decent imprint. Based in Brooklyn, Kingdom put out his first mix-tape in 2006, instantly winning the support of the likes of the BBC’s Annie Mac and the aforementioned Diplo. He hasn’t looked back since then. His music has been called, and I quote, “a Brooklyn take on the UK garage sound.” To achieve this, he effortlessly combines dubstep, 2-Step (or UK garage), African music, r&b, funk and hip-hop into an upbeat sound that is exceptionally pleasant to gyrate to.
So purleaze come and gyrate to Kingdom and some others (that I will get to later) at Icee Hot at Public Works on March 19th. Rumor has it that Disco Shawn will be there, but that is yet to be confirmed, though we do know that local players, slayers, flayers and yay!!..ers Shawn Reynaldo and Rollie Fingers will be rotating the chinaware eating vessels that are significant (i.e. platters that matter. C’mon, you know what I meant). OK enough of this wordy bollocks, see youz on ze floor in a coupla weeks, and to give you an idea of Kingdom’s prowess, here’s a mix he did for the website of acclaimed disco-dancing related publication, XLR8R, http://www.xlr8r.com/podcast/2011/03/kingdom.