Last July, Brooklyn-born bass producer Kingdom launched Fade To Mind, “a record label and a movement, a series of club nights and cooperative projects in music, visual art, video, and apparel.” Alongside Nguzunguzu, Total Freedom and DJ Prince William, Fade To Mind acts as a sister label to London-based Night Slugs, home of L-Vis 1990, Bok Bok, Girl Unit and more. So far, Fade To Mind has released music from Bellingham, WA artist Cedaa, vogue house purveyor MikeQ, Nguzunguzu and DJ Prince William. Last night, the label released a (free) “offical bootleg” from Somerville, MA (a suburb of Boston) artist Rizzla. The Rizzla EP draws from a number of influences, from Harlem-style vogue house to Dominican dembow. The four track EP relies heavily on quick, repetitive vocal samples (Lil’ Kim on “Dick”) and quick synth stabs to create a dancehall atmosphere. It appears that there is a quickly emerging “club” sound coming from numerous American producers that borrows from a number of sub-genres that had previously been heavily localized. I’m a big fan. Download the EP at the Fade to Mind website and find more Rizzla at his Soundcloud.
Update: Forgot to mention that RIzzla will be making his West Coast debut in LA this Friday (April 13). He’ll be performing alongside Kingdom, Nguzunguzu, Total Freedom and Prince William at Los Globos.