Cool Guy Funk™
Joakim, Kindness and Jam City team up to form Everyone. “No Time To Waste” is a deep classic house tune that is held up by a heavy 909 pattern and creeping chord progression. Kindness’ adds some dark crooning that brings the song into a refreshing realm on the dancefloor. This debut release will be out on vinyl on Crowdspacer records on February 11.
Kindness is lining up his next single which is the oh so over-the-top 90s RnB funk bomb “That’s Alright”. The full Kindness ensemble stepped into London’s famous Maida Vale and recorded this version for Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show which includes a live horn section that elevates the tune to a whole knew free-jazz fusion funk level.
Kindness released their “House EP” this week featuring some fantastic edits and remixes by Zdar and Erol Alkan. Erol transforms the under 2 min “Gee Up” into a 7 min epic disco funk jam, so you don’t have to keep this catchy tune on repeat in you iTunes. Erol Alkan throws in some serious Nile Rodger’s Chic style super clean rhythm guitar that is ready for the dancefloor. Zdar’s dub of “SEOD” is a deep and dark hypnotic house edit that just sucks you into the groove. The EP is out today on Female Energy.
I caught Kindness down at the Fader Fort down at SXSW back in March and was very excited to see the live rendition of Adam Bainbridge’s project. Kindness did not come with their A-game at SXSW, granted it was their third show as a band and they did not have a proper soundcheck, I was mildly disappointed. I am a forgiving person and decided to give them a second chance and caught them live last night at Le Poisson Rouge at Josh & Dave P’s Fixed party. My experience was far from what I heard and saw down at SXSW, for they put on one of the most fun and entertaning shows I have been to in a while.
So self-aware. So meta. It is on that Sesame Street level. Brilliant.
Kindness vs Leonard Berntstein
The mysterious Kindness has one over my heart with his album “World, You Need A Change of Mind”. It is an album that sits in a place somewhere between nostalgic music while being the most exciting and forward thinking collection tunes out today. After reading this candid Q&A with Kindness in Interview Mag, you really get an understanding of what a self-aware character Adam Bainbridge is and how he curates and positions himself.
“House” is a standout tune on the album. It is most fit for a “single” with its simple piano chords, big pop synth sounds and its emotional hook that you just want to sing along with. “World, You Need a Change of Mind” is out May 8 in the US on Terrible Records/Casablanca Records. Pre-Order the album here. For those of you in NYC, Kindness will make his live debut at Le Poisson Rouge May 17 and DJ at the Tribeca Grand May 19.
Also could this be the drum sample in for the track? Ace Frehley “New York Groove”? Good ear, Geoff.
“We’re thinking more funking with the drums, less jacking with the bass.”
Kindness has made a few appearances on the blog these past few months and is definitely number one on my albums to look forward to in 2012. The LP will be out March 19 which includes “Gee Up”, the first impression we got of Kindness back in 2009 in an even more lo-fi demo version. This updated video for “Gee Up” delves into a super pomo/meta world that give a super lolzy look into the music industry – I love everything about it.
The mysterious Kindness from the UK has release yet another slithery disco tune entitled “SEOD”. This tune will be out in January as a White Label release before Kindness unleashes his full length album next year which was co-produced by Philippe Zdar. “SEOD” is a slinky dark disco tune that is part space journey and part trip into your third eye via some sexy lead guitar and bellowing sax. Will Kindness be the Arthur Russell of 2012? I hope so.