Breakthrough artist Kungs has announced the release of his debut album, “LAYERS“. Forthcoming on the 4th November, the album follows the chart-topping success story of previous singles “This Girl” and “Don’t You Know” from the young French talent.
An avid music fan and brimming with ideas, Kungs built in plenty of studio time whilst touring to create this debut LP. Full of collaborations, “LAYERS” explores Kungs’ various musical moods and inspirations.
First single “Melody” sets the tone for the album. A collaboration with Luke Pritchard of The Kooks, the single was based just on a guitar chord tab, a bassline and a beat and was finished within a day. It’s followed up with well-known singles “This Girl” and “Don’t You Know“, before the more reflective “You Remain” featuring Ritual.
Meanwhile, the distinctive vocals of Wolfgang Valbrun – from one of Kungs’s favourite bands, Ephemerals – feature on the uplifting ‘Freedom’ and catchy “I Feel So Bad“, whilst Judge appears on the melancholic “Crazy Enough“.
Female vocalists also add a new dimension to the Kungs sound, on “Trust“, “Bangalore Streets” and “Tripping Off” (Rae Morris, Freia and Lune respectively.)
“LAYERS” is an apt name for this release; the overall sound perfectly demonstrates Kungs’ fusion of influences. From blues, soul and rock to house, Kungs takes elements of each to form his distinctive, likeable sound. Live brass choruses, acoustic guitar, piano, soulful voices and gentle basslines come together in varied combinations to reflect different emotions – the sign of a true musician.
The release of “LAYERS” comes after what was, needless to say, a whirlwind year for Kungs. Aside from the huge success of his debut singles, he’s come off the back of incredible summer of touring, with 60 gigs in 12 countries. This debut LP is only the beginning of a bright future for this talented young artist.
Hailing from the South of France, 19 year old Valentin Brunel had been obsessed with music for many years before he shot to fame with ‘This Girl’. It reached no1 in France within a month before going on to hit no1 in 39 other countries; it has now amassed 300 million streams, 130 million views, 10 million Shazams, 1.5 million downloads and an adjusted figure of 4 million singles. His follow-up, ‘Don’t You Know’ ft Jamie N Commons is now building on the global success of its predecessor.
Despite his young age, Kungs has been working on his music for many years. Having began by learning the Djembe as a child, Kungs experimented with a number of other instruments having discovered soul and funk from his parent’s record collection. Growing up, he also listened to blues and rock before spending hours teaching himself Ableton live whilst still in school, forging a new love for house music. His very first tracks on Soundcloud received an overwhelmingly positive reaction, and soon he was getting official remix requests – his Lost Frequencies remix clocked up 30 million streams on Soundcloud and near double that on YouTube.