Kingdom – Bank Head (feat. Kelela)
My summer song
Fade to Mind boss and New York native Kingdom has a new EP on the way called Vertical XL (due May 28) and the first single very much lives up to the “XL” tag. Itâ€™s an update to the track he contributed to the recent Night Slugs Allstars Volume 2 compilation and features LA vocalist Kelela (who you might recognize from her back-flipping range lent to Teengirl Fantasyâ€™s â€œEFXâ€ last year) out-singing the original versionâ€™s chipmunk chops.
Against Kingdomâ€™s clipped club beats– plaintive tones sliced by skittering drum rolls– Kelela is given free reign. Emotionally, she dances from wistful to teasing to sheer release on climatic central lyric, â€œAnd I need to let it out.â€ Alliteration aside, Kingdom and Kelela make a perfect match on â€œBank Headâ€, providing further proof of the dancefloorâ€™s knack for throwing up new pop shapes.