08. KINGT0M’S 130
In the arena of independent electronic artists, one such that is a must-hear in my book is Norway’s Kingt0m. Though Tom Jumo (Kingt0m) has yet to release anything physically, he has a set of tracks available called 130 for free download via his Soundcloud. Though his work is purely electronic, it takes different forms. This prolific independent artist draws inspiration from dubstep, experimental pop, and chillwave to create short patchwork bursts of audio sunlight. Occasionally, he draws from the recent R&B explosion, often crafting together a track that is equal parts dubstep and downtempo. The lion’s share of the tracks on his Soundcloud are tagged “electro house”, but I just don’t detect any Justice or Skrillex influence there (thank god). Either way, Kingt0m’s jams are like potato chips: you can’t have just one. After being introduced to “Vakk” by IAM TOM SAW YER on his first Cordless Telephone mix, I kept coming back for more real chill downtempo. If you enjoy the genre-blurring perpetrated by electronic artists like Galapagos, Holy Other, or Mount Kimbie, let Kingt0m be your next musical bag of chips. Right now, all of his work on his Soundcloud (including 130) is free, so do tha right thing and give it a listen. I’ve taken all of it in, and I can vouch not only for its quality, but also for its variety. Don’t miss “Just to Be There” or “Psst”, by the way. He never disappoints.
MP3 Download of “Postie”, by Kingt0m
MP3 Download of “Sleepboard”, by Kingt0m