Allan Kingdom's latest mixtape Northern Lights, perhaps named for the natural phenomenon that blesses his birthplace of Winnipeg, is a running start to 2016 from one of the previous year's most promising upstarts. He rose from Minnesota an artist with a new and unusual voice that didn't quite fit in, and grinded to a feature on Kanye West's “All Day” and a lot of work with Plain Pat, Kanye's former manager. All this over the skepticism of even his own mother (learn about that in our documentary on Allan, True North, above). Pop it in your phone, go for a stroll, and see if you can catch some stars behind the city's orange wash. D.R.A.M. and Chronixx feature. Download Northern Lights at Kingdom's website, and stream it below.
January 06, 2016