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New Music: Kingdom – “Tears in the Club”

Over the last five years or so, Kingdom has helped popularize a spacious, hard-hitting style of club music that wears its commercial and synthetic origins on its sleeve, with slamming car doors and whirring machinery standing in for drum sounds and multiple frantic rhythms doing their best to peacefully coexist. Next month the Dawn Richard collaborator and Fade to Mind label honcho will release his debut full-length, Tears in the Club. Today he shares the sparse instrumental title track.

Tears in the Club features several collaborations with R&B-oriented vocalists like SZA and Sharcar, and lead single “Nothin” featuring Syd of The Internet was a pillowy ballad in the mode of Kingdom’s work on Kelela’s Cut 4 Me. “Tears in the Club” is more openly aimed at the dancefloor, and true to its name, it pairs aggro percussion with a mournful piano hook. Listen below.

Tears in the Club arrives February 24 on Fade to Mind.