Danish pop sensation KING’s new record ‘Shit Show’ is sultry, tongue-in-cheek and instantly infectious: a kaleidoscopic neo-soul anthem to kick start your 2019.
Produced by VOID STRYKER – whose credits include work with FKA Twigs and Lana del Rey – Shit Show creeps up on you. Starting with sparse chords and stripped back drums, KING’S breathy vocal soon takes centre stage with lyrics that are at once powerfully independent and self-depreciating. And then, out of nowhere, it transforms completely via filtered broken beats and rave-inspired synth stabs for a finale that walks the line between uplifting and poignant.
“’Shit Show’ is about how I’m such a loser but I still feel super-cool at the same time. I feel like a lot of music right now is sounding too forced and I don’t want to be a part of that scene. When we sat down VOID and I didn’t have any references: it was just fun, playful and effortless.” KING
Shit Show IS accompanied by a music video. Directed by KING and Tajana Tokyo, it perfectly encapsulates the playful nature of the record via a mix of still images and ultra-low budget filming, kept in check with her vibrant personality and breathtaking dance ability.
The video was easy to create. Tajana (from London but lives in LA) has her own style and I wanted her touch on this video. I felt like doing something with a lot of humour, since pretty much every music video nowadays is so fucking serious. I’m pushing the boundaries with what I’m doing: I’d rather end up a failing original than a successful copycat”. KING
Gritty and rebellious, KING makes nuanced and mature pop music with genuine emotional heft. Born in Copenhagen in 1990 to a Cuban mother and a Chilean father, at 11 she began honing her performance skills by dancing with local street dance outfits and quickly joined a Copenhagen urban dance academy and by 15 she was earning her living as a dance teacher.
KING first announced herself on the world stage in summer 2016 with the release of debut single ‘Promise’. Since then, she has released a steady stream of head-turning singles, picking up support from a wide selection of tastemakers including The Line Of Best Fit, Mr Suicide Sheep, Wonderland and The 405, who described Promise as “one of the biggest debuts of the year”.
Shit Show is the first single to be released from KING’s forthcoming debut EP. A further single will drop in March, with the EP scheduled for release late April.