Kingdumb, ‘Do It Like Me’

Words By Joey Rochert.

The release of ‘Do It Like Me’ by Swindon’s ascendant producer Kingdumb draws us back in. Fresh and flavorful, “Do It Like Me” is the ideal song to kick off the New Year. It is not completely novel for the new beginning, but it continues to make enormous strides following its first debut in late 2022.

The bass drop is enormous, and we can feel the floor shaking as the song erupts from the speakers. Also, the layering of synthesisers and infectious percussion fills have us bopping along from beginning to end, excitedly anticipating what Kingdumb has in store for 2023.


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Wicked Expectation, The Interview Series.

Words By Joey Rochert.

Hello, Let’s talk about your new single, ‘Moving Clockwise’, what is the meaning? 

Time is elusive. It proceeds swiftly in a straight line, always forward and without waiting for us. Being on this continuous and unstoppable path, leads us to ask ourselves many questions about the present and the future. But as far as we go forward, everything, meant as what shapes all things, is also a cyclical trajectory. It returns, never the same as before but always ready to come back to itself. Just as the hands of the clock move swirling towards their origin and then overtake it again and go beyond it countless times. Life proceeds inexorably forward too and in a circle, retracing each step and acquiring new form. 

We wanted to address this issue and explore its complexity through music. 

Which artists in the current industry inspire you the most?

We are influenced by many genres. For sure our favorite artists in the game today are Moderat and Bonobo for the “Elegant” electronic, Bicep for the ethereal atmospheres, Boards of Canada for the ambience, but there are many many more…

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What is the best thing about being a musician in 2022?

Surely the possibility to work by distance. We rarely compose songs during rehearsals. Most of the time we start by ideas and we structure the track by ourselves in our “home studios”. 

Is there a certain place you often go to write? E.g a certain room, or environment?

Everyone has his own place, but the ideas are built together in our studio in Milan. This is also the place where we tune the live set.

What is your first memory of music? 

Everyone of us have different approaches to music, especially when we talk about music genres. From alternative rock to math rock, electronic and also metal! This variety has helped to build our own style, as a band.


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Kingdumb, ‘Drive With Me’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Kingdumb is putting the pedal to the metal with his latest single, ‘Drive With Me’. A ferocious electronic hit that braces itself for what is likely to be a long and winding ride across the electro scene! The Swindon-based producer has no limits, as evidenced by the fact that he is reaching for his toolkit again soon after releasing ‘Basic.’

‘Drive With Me’ boasts an infectious groove that plays alongside a synth loop that descends and ascends while a bass line plays next to it. The song has some interesting turns, and Kingdumb’s vocal contribution is ear-catching.

Check it out below.


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Wicked Expectation, ‘Moving Clockwise’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Wicked Expectation are sending a shockwave over the electronic space with their new single, ‘Moving Clockwise’. The band from Italy hit all the right notes here, and we cannot get enough of it!

‘Moving Clockwise’ is the summer treat we have been aching for without realising, and the four-piece smash it out of the park with their offering. The soundtrack is enthralling, and the multitude of sounds which emerge as the music progresses keeps us on our toes for the duration.

You can check it out below.


Photo Credit: Wicked Expectation.

Spectral Display, ‘Runnin For Your Love’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Spectral Display are the band that always comes through with the goods, and they have just released one of the most noteworthy new summer tracks! Their single ‘Runnin’ For Your Love’ is like a gift that keeps giving; it grows and shines more brightly with each listen!

The group continually proves why this genre of music will stand the test of time, and they excite us time and time again. Also, each group member rises to the occasion with full force as the electricity flowing through the track throbs.


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Kingdumb, ‘Basic’

Words By Joey Rochert.

We are all dancing frantically around the room to the most recent offering from Kingdumb, ‘Basic’. The prolific rate at which the music producer is putting out new songs for us to enjoy hints at the enormous discography that he possesses.

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@ Kingdumb.

The song ‘Eastern Peak’, which also makes its debut, has a vibe that is somewhat different to ‘Basic’ but yet works nicely alongside it. It is clear that Kingdumb is driven by his passion for electro, and if he continues to hit all of the right notes—which he is—it is only a matter of time before he competes with the most accomplished players in the game.


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Spider Plant, ‘Mountain’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Spider Plant goes old school with his new release, ‘Mountain’. The producer delves into a new area of music production and rises with a baroque-style electronic fused cocktail, one we were not expecting but a track which we have been clinging to since its arrival!

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@ Spider Plant.

The producer incorporates modern sounds with a nostalgic foundation, and the result is breathtaking. It is difficult not to sway to the relaxing aura the track emits, and it’s proof that Spider Plant can just about turn his hand to anything.


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Spectral Display, The Interview Series.

Words By Joey Rochert.

Hello, Michel, Let’s talk about your new single, ‘Back On My Feet’, what is the meaning? 

Basically about the difficult time most people have had because of the pandemic. Finally being able to go out again to clubs, concerts and theatre again.

Which artists in the current industry inspire you the most?

Freemasons, Daft Punk, Mark Ronson, Diplo, Sia

What is the best thing about being a musician in 2022?

Being able to connect with artists all over the world and record with them in their own studio, sending material back and forth.

Is there a certain place you often go to write? E.g a certain room, or environment?

Mainly I write behind a keyboard in my studio, where it’s quiet, right in the middle of Amsterdam and where I can record ideas straight away.

What is your first memory of music? 

That would be in the dance studio of my aunt, who taught modern dance.


Photo Credit: Spectral Display.

Kingdumb, The Interview Series.

Words By Joey Rochert.

Hello, Kingdumb, Let’s talk about your new single, ‘Best Friend’, what is the meaning? 

The track touches on a few things but the key message is that I’m apologising to someone who was close to me. We had different ways of handling things and we just got caught up in a bit of a storm. The track touches on mental health too which is something that is close to my heart and something a lot of people still don’t understand. I think there’s a lot of education and work to do on awareness which is happening now more than ever, but there’s still a long way to go.

Which artists in the current industry inspire you the most?

That’s a hard question, there are many drum and bass artists who I think are amazing at what they do and that scene has some of the most talented music makers on the planet. But in terms of popular music, I’d have to say Pharrell Williams and The Prodigy. Dizzee Rascal is mad talented as well he has done some amazing work.

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‘Best Friend’ single cover. @Kingdumb.

What is the best thing about being a producer in 2022?

Probably the access to technology and markets. Social media means we can directly communicate with people who follow us and it’s super easy to post online about anything you are doing. 

Is there a certain place you often go to write? E.g a certain room, or environment?

I mostly write in my studio which houses everything I need, but if the sun is out sometimes I like to produce in the garden. I’ve been known to go to coffee shops to make music too. I’ve definitely also produced in the car on long journeys!

What is your first memory of music? 

The earliest I think is probably hearing an Indian soundtrack for a film called ‘1942 Love Story’. I think that’s my earliest memory but there were a few key moments like hearing ‘Charly’ by The Prodigy and ‘Super Sharp Shooter’ by DJ Zinc when I was really young. Those two tracks shaped my musical tastes big time.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Thanks for having me guys and have a good summer!


Photo Credit: Kingdumb And ©Redhouse Photography.

Spider Plant, ‘Day In’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Spider Plant, the British electronic songwriter, has given us a present in the form of his new single, ‘Day In.’ It’s the follow-up to the producers’ last work, ‘Welcome,’ which was released earlier in 2022.

The London-based songwriter strikes with ardour on this track, and his quality seeps through immediately. The path is calm and peaceful, and the soundtrack transports us far from our seats. Furthermore, Spider Plant has us completely intrigued, and his musical creation is riveting, leaving us hungry for more when it’s over.

Check it out below. Also, be sure to follow Spider Plant on Instagram here.

More information at https://www.spiderplantmusic.com/.


Photo Credit: Spider Plant.