L.A.-based producer, DJ, and label head Kingdom (aka Ezra Rubin) has built considerable influence with both his discography and the output from his own imprint, Fade to Mind. Kingdom first began to make a name for himself via a series of mixtapes; eschewing traditional genre limitations while adeptly combining elements of grime, house, underground club music, and more with currents of hip-hop and R&B, he developed a hybridized, cutting-edge, and potent strain of dance music.
Shortly thereafter his Fool's Gold-issued debut 'Mind Reader' was released, but in 2009 it was Kingdom's work with London's Night Slugs label, especially the widely acclaimed 'That Mystic' and 'Dreama' EPs, that truly brought his razor-sharp productions to the masses.
Eventually, he relocated to Los Angeles and set up Fade to Mind in collaboration with his friends Nguzunguzu, Total Freedom, and Prince Will. Operating as a sister label to Night Slugs, Fade to Mind's ethos ignores imagined distinctions between mainstream and underground while experimenting with avant-garde rhythms and crafting a uniquely futuristic and dancefloor-ready sound. Moreover, the imprint has provided Kingdom with a vehicle to further develop his craft, whether he's flipping R&B and rap cuts into twisted club tracks, producing Kelela's debut 'CUT 4 ME', or directing the label's next level visual aesthetic.
Pitchfork's 'Ten Essential Tracks' from Kingdom
21 Mar, 2018
Kingdom has remixed TOKiMONSTA's 'No Way Out' (ft. Isaiah Rashad, Joey Purp & Ambre), taken from the forthcoming 'Lune Rouge Remixed' project.
21 Apr, 2017
Kingdom has produced an exclusive, hot'n'heavy DJ mix for Dazed Digital, click the link below to listen.
02 Mar, 2017
Kingdom's 'Tears In The Club' world tour, begins in Boston on Friday 3rd March.
See his artist page for full details.
24 Feb, 2017
Kingdom has been receiving some excellent press for his debut album 'Tears In The Club'.
"('Tears in the Club') takes his cavernous, multilayered tracks closer than ever to pop song structures" - NEW YORK TIMES
"a surprising-and welcome-foray into pop territory." - THE NEW YORKER
"'Tears' updates that vibe with confessionalism and sonic designs that did not exist even a decade ago, the openness and despondent outlooks of millennial tensions, and the unabashedly synthetic noises that make the beat." - NPR
"'Tears' is a cohesive collection of tracks that embody the ennui of club life, featuring invigorating melodies that, well, make you want to dance. It's a contemplative, angular debut packed with a range of slow-churning delicacies" - STEREOGUM
21 Feb, 2017
Kingdom's new track 'What Is Love' featuring SZA, is featured in Pitchfork.
16 Feb, 2017
Kingdom previews 'What Is Love' featuring SZA, from the forthcoming album 'Tears In The Club', released on 24th February on Fade To Mind.
The track & album has been receiving a lot of excellent advance press from the following publications.
09 Feb, 2017
The debut edition of Sonar Hong Kong will take place at the Hong Kong Science Park on 1st April. Artists from the Primary Talent International & Decked Out rosters taking part will be:
12 Jan, 2017
Kingdom's new album 'Tears In The Club' is released on 24th February, on his own Fade To Mind label.
See links below for press on 'Tears In The Club'.
22 Nov, 2016
Kingdom premieres a new track 'Nothin', featuring Syd from The Internet, is featured in The Fader.
Taken from the forthcoming album 'Tears In The Club', released on 24th February on Fade To Mind.
19 Nov, 2016
Kingdom releases a new single 'Nothin' featuring Syd.
Check it out on iTunes, Apple Music & Spotify.