allan kingdom

As the year comes to an end and we all begin to reflect on the last 12 months, I can safely say that Allan Kingdom is my favorite new artist of 2014. The St. Paul, Minnesota native dropped his sophomore project Future Memoirs — essentially his debut for a lot of people, myself included — this past summer, which showcased his amazing vocal range and wholly refreshing sound — thanks in part to the project’s executive producer Plain Pat, aka the guy that brought the world Kid Cudi.

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If, however, you’ve been caught snoozing on Allan Kingdom (*tut tut*), there’s not a better place to start than with his new single, “Blast.” Co-produced by himself and Plain Pat, it’s a dynamic blend of booming 808s, frantic keys and Allan’s scattered vocals, which snap between double-time rhymes and high-pitched crooning. Like a lot of Future Memoirs, it’s Allan’s fearless approach in his music that really smacks you in the face, and it’s that confidence that’s only going to take this kid to the top.

Stream and download “Blast” — along with Future Memoirs — below.