Label Spotlight: Fade To Mind

The US arm of Night Slugs has been confidently carving out its own sound since its inception, becoming one of the standout labels of the past 12 months.
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Back in 2011 Night Slugs, the London based bass-hybrid label started by Bok Bok and L-Vis1990, decided to set up across the pond. Together with US based producer Kingdom, Fade to Mind was born.

Since then, the imprint has taken the same boundary-pushing ethos which makes Night Slugs so highly regarded and created its own distinctive vibe. With a roster including Fatima al Qadiri, MikeQ, the catchily named nguzunguzu and of course the Night Slugs stable, the Fade to Mind sound is as much a feeling as anything musical. There's an unmistakable darkness threading through the beats, exploring the trails set by the likes of Terror Danjah and Timbaland and creating a new direction for themselves.

Label head Kingdom's track Bank Head featuring Kelela on vocals is still leading our office race for track of the year - with the honey dripped soulful vocals placed over a downbeat, dark track reminiscent of Tim and Aaliyah's best work, even early Keith Sweat productions like this one or Elite Records releases from the '80s. It's a beautiful juxtaposition, almost sinister in tone.

Stream and pre-order NA's forthcoming Xtreme Tremble EP on iTunes

Kingdom ft Kelela - Bank Head

Kingdom, MikeQ, Nguzunguzu, Total Freedom - FadeFM November 12, 2012 [150min Live Set]

For full info visit the Fade to Mind website

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