As bass music has risen to prominence in dance-music circles over the past couple of years, the focus of the scene has undoubtedly been centered on London, largely thanks to pioneering labels such as Night Slugs, Hyperdub, Hessle Audio, and others too numerous to list. While the sound is also being explored on the American side of the Atlantic, a prominent US imprint has yet to emerge. That might all be about to change, as Kingdom has officially announced the birth of his own Fade to Mind label. Said to be "a record label and a movement, a series of club nights and cooperative projects in music, visual art, video, and apparel," Fade to Mind is an effort led by Kingdom but done in conjunction with like-minded artists Nguzunguzu, Total Freedom, and Dallas-based DJ Prince William. Also in the mix is the aforementioned Night Slugs camp, for whom Kingdom has released music in the past. Night Slugs and Fade to Mind will apparently be operating as sister labels.
Apart from the principals involved in running the label, the Fade to Mind roster already includes artists such as MikeQ, Gremino, Cedaa, Clicks & Whistles, Rizzla, Fatima Al Qadiri, and others. In terms of releases, only the imprint's first EP has been announced, the Timesup EP from Nguzunguzu, scheduled for digital release on July 5 with a vinyl version to follow later in the summer. The EP tracklist and artwork are below. Keen eyes will undoubtedly notice the aesthetic similarity to Night Slugs, although only the Fade to Mind logo and cover format were designed by Bok Bok. The artwork itself was done by Kingdom and the rest of the Fade to Mind crew.
Those of you in New York on Thursday can help celebrate Fade to Mind at the label's first official party, a free event which doubles as an afterparty for a unique performance happening at New York's New Museum called The Table, a five-hour session where Kingdom, Total Freedom, and Nguzunguzu are placed at four opposing sides of a table in the middle of the floor. The afterparty flyer is also posted below.
2. Water Bass Power
3. Wake Sleep
4. Timesup (Kingdom Remix)
5. Wake Sleep (Total Freedom Winter Park Homicide Edition)