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Kuhn’s sophomore effort for Civil Music, Kings EP is a collection of four diverse uptempo club tracks with an eclectic sampling palette and Footwork-inspired rhythmic complexities.
“I Quit,” featuring Astro Nautico brother in arms and LuckyMe contributor Obey City, flips a glittery pitched-up soul loop into an 808-fuelled dance floor workout with insistent vocal mantras and a jumpy kick drum rhythm. “NWYRK” grabs horns from Cuban Carnival music and places them over an off-kilter tom shuffle. “Boombox” merges hyper-pitched rave stabs, quaking sub kicks and sultry female vocal cutups to form a halftime beat before flipping into a hyperspeed finale. Finally, “Never Forget” carves massive choral samples into a manic haze with added hyperactive kick drums and lightning trap fills. The EP includes remixes of “I Quit” by Muscovite Pixelord and Atlanta’s Time Wharp. The former a warm laid back exercise in Russian Juke and the latter a smooth yet jacking kick lead house heater.
The Kings EP pays homage to Kings County, the county of Brooklyn. The photography and artwork (also by Kuhn) show a Kings skyline and the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower. Look out for Video for “I Quit” by Paolo Xz.