Fade to Mind is a both a record label and a movement, a series of club nights and cooperative projects in music, visual art, video, and apparel. Led by Los Angeles-based Kingdom, Fade to Mind is an injection of the personal back into contemporary club music. Sparked by Kingdom’s ongoing relationship with Texas producer Prince William, L.A.-based Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom, as well London’s Night Slugs collective, Fade to Mind marks a dramatic moment of collaboration between the European and American underground. Fade to Mind artists include: Cedaa, Fatima Al Qadiri, Gremino, Kelela, Kingdom, Massacooramaan, MikeQ, MORRI$, Nguzunguzu, Prince William, Rizzla, The CLAW, Total Freedom, and more.
When he’s not busy sharpening his own production crafts, Kansas-native Phil Canty is probably making his moves as curator for Team Bear Club, a multi-faceted collective created by him and a group of friends to put forward music and events in the Lawrence, Kansas area. Even before his output as MORRI$, music has always played a prevalent role in Canty’s life. While he’s grown up witnessing a variety of musical environments and stimuli, his home base and present location Kansas provide him the type of panoramic surroundings that are most responsible for shaping his current musical character. This is something that can evidently be traced back in his sounds, with organic elements tying in perfectly with his firm hip-hop foundations to manifest an unequivocal sound that he and his Bear Club colleagues have self-branded as goombawave. It’s a sound that is universally palatable, so it’s no surprise that it’s made its way onto the Night Slugs roster, with the debut “White Hood” imminent on the UK label in the near future. MORRI$ signifies a type of artist that is most valuable and increasingly rare these days; a purely talented producer that makes music with longevity and, most importantly, sincerity.
US Booking: Peter @ Inland Touring Empire
EU Booking: Sinan Ors @ Elastic Artists