WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “World Restart” by Kindness

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Kindness | Photo via Fader Magazine
Kindness | Photo via Fader Magazine

British indie soul musician Kindness (Adam Bainbridge) is releasing his highly anticipated second album Otherness on October 14th. The album follows his critically acclaimed 2012 debut LP World, You Need a Change of Mind. Now based in Geneva, Bainbridge has ties to Philly. In May 2007, he studied at The Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study. He was the recipient of the Eric James Johnson Memorial Fellowship, and created an album, Live In Philly. On one of the songs for the project, he collaborated with Kurt Vile.

Much has changed musically for Bainbridge since his stay in Philly, however, Bainbridge recently told Fader Magazine:

“Kindness grew out of an arts residency I did in Philadelphia, in 2007. The idea was just that I work on something, and at the end I leave the residency with a record. While I was there, I was overwhelmed by how generous people were in terms of the time they were prepared to put into a project that was really transient to them—someone coming for a month and then leaving.”

Musically, Kindness rolls R&B, hip-hop, house, disco, and even some rock into a soulful stew. Otherness picks up where his debut left off, as Bainbridge continues to push the boundaries of R&B. On the album, he collaborated with Robyn, Devonte Hynes (Blood Orange) and on “World Restart,” singers Kelela and Ade.

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