The Unmistakable Sound of Allan Kingdom Continues to Blossom on "Lines"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 15, 2017 04:20pm | Post a Comment

Allan KingdomBy doubleay

Vocalist Allan Kingdom’s stunning debut album, Lines, should not get overlooked. The Canadian-born, Minnesota-raised artist dropped the project in early April and it’s surely one of the most exciting releases of 2017 thus far. Kingdom’s uniquely iconic vocals and rap prowess command attention. He was raised on traditional African music and mainstream American R&B played by his Tanzanian mother, and he eventually took to hip-hop acts like Pharrell and Outkast. All his influences were prolific and candidly original, pushing him to develop a distinctly unmistakable sound all his own that only continues to blossom on Lines.



Allan Kingdom - “Evergreens”

Kingdom’s early one-off singles like “Evergreens” and the powerful “Wavey” featuring Spooky Black garnered him esteem in the digital realm of Soundcloud, while his incredibly inventive 2014 solo project, Future Memoirs, and self-titled collaborative album with the group Thestand4rd (Kingdom, Corbin fka Spooky Black, Bobby Raps & Psymun) solidified him as serious talent looking to break through to higher planes.

Allan Kingdom ft. Spooky Black - “Wavey”

The works leading up to release of the 23-year-old’s debut attracted manager and producer Plain Pat, whose associated acts include artists from Ashanti, Drake, and The Roots, but is best known for managing both Kanye West and Kid Cudi. Through Plain Pat, Kanye West had gotten wind of Kingdom’s eccentric voice and grabbed him for his groundbreaking single “All Day,” which Kingdom performed alongside West at his astounding 2015 Brit Awards performance. From feeding the digital underground of Soundcloud, to gracing the stage with one of the biggest artists of the generation, Kingdom has elevated exponentially, poising himself for the remarkable album debut that is Lines.

Kanye West ft. Allan Kingdom - “All Day” (Live at the 2015 BRIT Awards)

There isn't a dull moment on Lines; it’s a dynamically grand project on which Kingdom gracefully coasts, fusing a medley of bellowing notes and unforgettable falsettos with quick and punchy rap flows. It’s apparent that Kingdom meticulously crafted each portion of the project to the finest of details. Songs “Down For Me” and “Lines” bolster moving and inventive production that still maintain pop potential, while the substantial songwriting and excitingly grabbing deliveries found on tracks like “Perfection” and “F*** My Enemies” speak to Kingdom’s brilliant, creative mind. Featuring a slew of young talented creatives like Ramriddlz, Kevin Abstract, Cadenza, Finding Novyon, and more, Kingdom only brings like-minded artists along for the album.

Allan Kingdom - “Know About It”

Along every stepping stone of Allan Kingdom’s budding career he has delivered critically impressive work. Kingdom breaks down borders, creating passionately consuming music that shakes up what the average may consider a genre or label. Although his early digital work may have gone under the radar of many, his debut album Lines is in stores everywhere courtesy of So Cold Records and Empire Distribution. 2017 has served a great sum of releases, and Allan Kingdom’s Lines is a major contribution to that. One can get their hands on a copy of the album at any Amoeba location (or online HERE) and I’d strongly suggest you do so. Once you hear his voice, you are not going to forget it.

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