"...the labyrinth of samples, voices and broken beats is always ravishing and compelling enough to make every fresh corner a revelation. A record for these tangled and torsioned times to rank alongside The Bug’s Fire. Seek it out." - The Wire Magazine
Helmed by Dave Watts, known as a member of the group
Fun-da-Mental and his genre-bending DJ sets as D.WattsRiot, the debut KingL Man album, ‘Headonix’ is beat-laden shout out in response to the perpetual state of war we seem to find ourselves in. Outrage and disgust, love and hate, history and presence.
The channels are fired by a fusion of traditional music from various corners - Ethiopiated piano movements, Egyptian horns and Senegalese rhythms dub & space out in a B-Boy stance, colliding with fishermen songs, whispered Japanese voices and field-recordings married with surprised partners.
Fresh on the scene is Senegalese vocalist Sidi I.B., who arrived on Canarian shores with two hundred other compatriots, cold, wet and hungry after seven days at sea with nothing but his future in his hands.
Temporarily housed at the infamous migrant holding centre in Las Raíces, Tenerife, the studio environment provided an avenue of relief from the inadequate conditions at the overcrowded camp.
Rapper Ibrahima El Latigazo who arrived in the Canary Islands fourteen years earlier in the same conditions, delivers his lyrics in French, Wolof, Spanish, English & Sérère. Rounding up the Senegalese contingent is Mame Samba, who hold the spirits close when performing.
Kiki Hitomi (Waq Waq Kingdom) returns to the fold, exhaling positivity with Canarian multi-instrumentalist Javier Afonso (Grenouille) over her shoulder. Further guests include Miroca Paris (Cesária Évora/Madonna); Canadian writer Troy Harkin; Dave’s cousin Zeeteah on vocals; Hamid Mantu (Drums/TransGlobal Underground); Percussionist Ramjac; Violinist Mónica Viñoly.
Vinyl LP will be available via Ear Conditioning in collaboration with Keroxen / Discrepant. Details to come.
released June 30, 2021
Written & Produced by Dave Watts
KR8 Device / THICK Ear Studio
Bus Meter, Can I Sing With You?, Dis Cuss, No Hay Pescado
Co-Produced by Romulo de Pablos
Mixed by Daniel Garcia, Manolin Lorente, Paul Chivers, Romulo de Pablos
Image: Sam Dodson
Album & Logo Design: Gustavo Garcia
Gracias a Gobierno de Canarias y Instituto Canario de Desarrollo Cultural
KingLMan is a vehicle of one that is nailed to a wall of wonderment and disgust. Messages propelled by the kick drum fused
with sounds sampled from cracked vinyl or found in abandoned buildings liberate a torched soul.
KingLMan is not a claim to royalty, it’s where history's presence forms a letter of appreciation for having witnessed goodness and greatness.
We don’t do silence....more
A really cool combination of very different sounds: blues, jazz, rock, and some of the music that the label Sahel Sound proposes. It's beautifully crafted and well recorded. Lend it an ear and you won't be disappointed Thibaut Devigne