Mina Rose expands her horizons with sophomore single ‘Kingdom’

South London’s MINA ROSE has followed up her huge debut track, ‘Lemons and Limes’, with the ska-tinged slow jam, ‘Kingdom’. Known for her effortless blend of dub, hip-hop and pop, Rose weaves distinct and diverse influences into perfect harmony with her prescient lyrics and smooth vocals.

‘Kingdom’ embraces a throbbing bass line and ska-style percussion, layered with melodic synths. Rose‘s voice follows the flow, enchanting and intriguing the listener with her rhythmic delivery. “The right way is known by none,” she echoes. Sophisticated and polished, ‘Kingdom’ uses fragmented lyrics and sounds to represent Rose‘s vision of the clashing cultures of the modern world.

According to Rose, ‘Kingdom’ describes “this idea that we are all looking at each others’ lives and comparing them to our own, instead of realising the true wealth and rarity of your own experiences and possessions. I want to focus on building a kingdom of your own, rather than wishing to own someone else’s.” The track deals with the contradictions inherent in an urban melting pot like London.

With only two singles, Mina Rose has established herself as one to watch, thanks to her creative, unpredictable sound and distinctive voice. Despite its laid-back vibe on first listen, what makes ‘Kingdom’ stand out is the dark storm brewing underneath, a product of Rose‘s diverse influences. Her debut EP is expected later this year, and we can’t wait to see where she takes this musical journey next.

Words by Molly McLaughlin

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