Kingdom Crumbs is hands-down full-stop one of the very very best groups our town has; Seattle is showing love, but I still think they're still kiiind of slow to catch on, which is infuriating. (Yeah, sometimes I want to just keep kicking this town in its fucking ribs, haha, just kidding y'all! I hella love life and you.)
Their beautiful self-titled album from August blends the best prog-rap influences (Outkast, Shabazz Palaces), with good old West Coast starchild synth-funk; their live show sparkles with a natural charm and gorgeous, ass-moving music. The group represents the nucleus of the expansive and varied Cloud Nice collective (who I profiled to the best of my ability in 2011), who've been the funkiest cats in the room since 2008 brought us the first cuts from Helladope. The distinct personalities of Mikey Nice, Jerm D, Jarv Dee, and Tay Sean make Kingdom Crumbs crackle with vigor and game, and it all comes alive in the Stephan Gray-directed video for "Red Cups," where their irrepressible, distinctively Seatown b-boy essence is on full display—even if you only hear from Tay and Mikey on this one.
Listen to this album if you haven't yet or haven't lately: