Today, Los Angeles-based artists, Rush Davis + Kingdom, release a new collaborative single, “Nerve.” This is their second release for TOKiMONSTA’s YoungArt label, following “Anyway” (Feat. Rochelle Jordan). Amplifying left-of-center dance and R&B records that are pushing the limits of sound, Rush and Kingdom birth a rare frequency embodying queer artistry. Kingdom built a sonic foundation at this meeting point with his melding of UK bass beats and 90s and 2000s R&B. Rush’s dynamic vocal approach deeply seated in timeless R&B/Pop fills the ethereal landscape with blood and bone. For “Nerve,” Kingdom channels warmer house production as Rush encourages listeners to have the courage to step out, be vulnerable, and be confident in themselves.
“‘Nerve’ is about the courage it takes to connect,” says Rush. “Much like the nerves in our body, connecting leaves us exposed and vulnerable to doubt, passion, pleasure, ecstasy, and pain. But these make for a life lived. Feel the pressure, embrace the lesson, be confident.”
Rush Davis and Kingdom have each 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.