Today, Los Angeles-based artists, Rush Davis+Kingdom, are thrilled to share their debut collaborative single, “Anyway” (Feat. Rochelle Jordan), out today on YoungArtRecords. Although Rush and Kingdom have been friends since their rave days, it’s not until now that they’ve brought their minds together at this remarkable capacity. Kingdom is co-founder of the Fade to Mind label, an international touring DJ, and producer for Kelela, Syd, and SZA, to name a few. Rush has worked with a long list of pop, hip-hop, R&B, and electronic heavyweights such as DukeDumont, DawnRichard, and Scarface. On their first offering, Kingdom and fellow producer Dee Mad bring Miami tropical-inspired funk with heavy bass and rap underpinnings. Rush comes from the school of The Neptunes & StaticMajor, unabashed authentic R&B pop records that have gospel elements woven into the harmonies. On “Anyway,” lovers in conflict meet the gravitational pull of forgiveness and grace in a relationship as a way to sustain them long-term.
Rush and Kingdom have paved their respective lanes working behind the scenes for more than a decade. Yet their collaborative sound is rooted in something purely grassroots: MustacheMondays, a legendary queer party in Los Angeles, co-founded by the late NachoNava. There, Kingdom and Rush’s world’s collided for the first time in 2013. It was at this party that Kingdom played his first DJ sets in Los Angeles, and Rush found a home that called queer performers – those identified as “other”- to the center, and developed, praised, and celebrated them.
By bridging technical wisdom and experimental freedom, Rush and Kingdom birth a rare frequency embodying queer artistry and amplifying left-of-center dance and R&B records that are pushing the limits of sound. Kingdom built a sonic foundation at this meeting point with his melding of UK bass beats and 90s and 2000s R&B. Rush, with a dynamic vocal range deeply seated in classic R&B-pop stylings, fills the ethereal architecture with an emotional spectrum of personal and collective relationship stories.