Boomkat Product Review:
Fade To Mind boss lad and Kelea producer, Kingdom, comes up strong with a debut album of signature, moody R&B bangers featuring guest vox by Syd The Internet, Najee Daniels, and Top Dawg Ents’ SZA on six of its eleven cuts.
Prefaced by lead single, Nothin feat. Syd, which appears here in its lush original and bouncing club mixes, Tears In The Club works like a proper album rather than mixtape or a clutch of singles. It mostly operates at a sultry pace, warming up with the future soul glow of What Is Love, the warped club bump of Each & Every Day, and if we’re not mistaken, a snippet of Dawn Richard tweaked into the slow-mo R&B trance of Nurtureworld.
Shaker provides the only male vocal on the record, tucked into the tri-step tics of Breathless, whilst the title track gives up its heaviest club pressure, but our favourites come at the other end, with the weightless instrumental dip of Timex.
The production is diaphanous yet detailed, matched by economical but opulent arrangements and song-writing that future-proof Tears In The Club for time to come.