Artist Watch: Love Is King

Monday, March 7, 2011

Call me a joiner, but these three ladies from LA who call themselves King, have made me jump on the bandwagon that is currently going around blog land about them.

Twitter continues to be a powerful social networking tool, as in just a few short hours King went from being soul music underground listeners little secret to gathering a backing from none other than ?uestlove and Phonte from The Foreign Exchange and Little Brother as the two musicians took to their 140 character space last week to voice their utmost love for the group. Only a short time later a flourish of listeners became hooked into their groove. Once again Twitter does it's job of being the 21st Century's best PR tool.

Sometimes hype kind of leads me to believe something is amiss, but considering that they are of the soul/funk variety and comprised of two twin sisters and a friend who compose and perform all their own works, thus my interest in this trio was piqued. These ladies have got to be great considering all the praise. So hopping over to their SoundCloud page to engage in the sounds, I took a full listen to their 3-track EP, The Story, and I have to say I am impressed with the outcome.

While three songs on an EP just sort of wets the whistle and makes me wanna be like Olivier Twist ("please sir, I want some more..."), but with the engulfing synth work of the title track and an equally adorable video (see above) there is magic here that will sure be sticking around for some time. You can hear all that magic in abundance when you purchase The Story either over at the trusty iTunes or Amazon.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with my favorite from the set, the divine "Supernatural", which bubbles along on some Stevie Wonder-esque finesse.

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