American producer Kingdom and songwriter/producer Rush Davis release a new single, “Bad Side” (feat. Kiddy Smile + Gisele Xtravaganza), from their new collaborative album out November 12th on TOKiMONSTA’s Young Art Records. On “Bad Side,” Kingdom pulled an instrumental from his 2020 album Neurofire, a track which bridges many of Kingdom’s inspirations, from house, The Neptunes drums, and the swing of ballroom music. Davis, a member of the House of Xtravaganza, composed a song about the yin and yang of being a lover and a fighter and checking people within your community when necessary.
Davis and Kingdom have paved their respective lanes working behind the scenes for more than a decade. Kingdom is co-founder of the Fade to Mind label, an internationally touring DJ, and producer for Kelela, Syd, and SZA, to name a few. Davis has worked with a long list of pop, hip-hop, R&B, and electronic heavyweights such as DukeDumont, DawnRichard, and Scarface. Yet the spirit of this album is rooted in something purely grassroots: Mustache Mondays, a legendary queer party in Los Angeles, co-founded by the late NachoNava. There, Kingdom and Davis’ worlds collided for the first time in 2013. At this party, Kingdom played his first DJ sets in Los Angeles, and Davis found a home that called queer performers, primarily people of color, to the center, developed, praised, and celebrated them.
Built around Kingdom’s ethereal architecture melding UK bass beats with 90s and 2000s R&B, Transmission embodies the heartfelt messages of community, commitment, and self-sovereignty through an emotional spectrum of personal and collective relationship stories from Davis. By bridging technical wisdom and experimental freedom, the duo birth a rare frequency embodying queer artistry and amplifying left-of-center dance and R&B records that are pushing the limits of sound. Ultimately, Transmission is an everlasting artifact containing the aesthetics and moods of the tight-knit spaces where Rush and Kingdom found solace and belonging.