Caught somewhere between the clouds and the depths of the underground club scene, Kingdom's music embodies moments of both tears of joy and anxious suspension. Tears in the Club is his debut album and features collaborations with SZA, Syd from The Internet, and Shacar, is an 11-track collection of left-field pop songs and Kingdom's most complete vision of his club R&B microverse yet. The music is a journey through Kingdom's psyche-enchanted, darkly atmospheric instrumentals and a crystalline femme soundscape - simultaneously erotic, melancholy and resilient.
Recorded and mixed entirely by Kingdom himself, the sonics of Tears in the Club establish a mix of polished R&B and sample-based DIY production Kingdom pioneered on previous releases on Fools Gold, Night Slugs and his own imprint Fade to Mind. After the success of those projects as well as in producing records for alt-R&B mainstays Kelela and D∆WN he was able to strike a balance with collaborators that matches his unique tone and vision. Tears in the Club features two collaborations with TDE's rising star singer SZA, the angular uptempo banger "Down 4 Whatever" and pillowy companion song "What is Love."
Tears in the Club includes two mixes of "Nothin," featuring The Internet's Syd. The original mix is an intimate confession of inadequacy floating over digital west coast R&B, while the "East Coast Club Mix" moves on from regret to celebration, referencing the booty bass aesthetic of So So Def club mixes from the late 90s.