UK-based producer/artist Kindness (Adam Bainbridge) released his new album “Otherness” on this very day via Mom+Pop/Female Energy, the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2012 debut-album “World, You Need A Change Of Mind”.
His 2012-debut was a electronic alternative dance-effort that leaned more towardsÂ downbeat leftfield house with 80’s funk vibes, but he’s taken a step towards more R’nB-oriented territory on this one. The funky 80’s vibe is still very present, but it’s a much more of a downbeat effort throughout. Now, there was a lot of this on the debut as well, but it also contained a few upbeat disco/dance-grooves that are not as obvious here.Â Very mature, soulful and mellow, and most definitely an album that will grow on you with each spin.
Guest artists includes Robyn, Kelela, Ade, Manifest, Devonte Hynes and Tawiah.
Rough Trade has managed to strike a deal with an exclusive Blue Vinyl LP of this album, pressed in 500 copies.
'Otherness' is the anticipated follow up to Kindness' impressive 2012 debut, 'World, You Need a Change of Mind'. The new release delivers on the promise many have seen in Bainbridge since World, which was one of the years best albums. 'Otherness' possesses, to an even greater degree than World, what the BBC attributed to its predecessor: "a humanity that sets [the music] apart from the brittle pristineness of modern pop" and "a sense of genuine invention that permeates the whole album." For 'Otherness', Kindness' Adam Bainbridge surrounded himself with fellow artists, co-writing and / or recording in cities around the world, including Robyn, who discovered Kindness via his first album; Kelela, whom he met through his close friends at Night Slugs; Ghanaian rapper M.anifest; and Devonte Hynes, a longtime friend whose 2013 breakthrough Cupid Deluxe included contributions from Bainbridge. Throughout 'Otherness', Kindness also drawing upon an immense range of music - D'Angelo, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Sade, Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth, Kate Bush and Ryuichi Sakamoto- to craft a seamlessly coherent set of songs that are at once raw and modern.
'Otherness' is the fullest realization to date of an artistic vision that Bainbridge was already beginning to articulate when he first assumed the Kindness moniker and began releasing recordings, in 2007, at the Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study, where he was granted a residency to explore music-making.
'Otherness' is produced by Adam Bainbridge (Kindness) and mixed by Blue May, Jimmy Douglass and Bainbridge.
LP - Limited to 500 Copies on Blue Vinyl - Exclusive to Rough Trade with CD Version.
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