The highly buzzed about electronic-pop duo Capital Kings (Cole Walowac and Jon White) is ringing in the New Year with their self-titled debut album, Capital Kings on January 8, 2013.
The D.C. natives are bringing out all the shots on their first project with 10 tracks of non-stop, deliriously catchy songs. Joining to help launch their debut is an impressive list of guest artists including TobyMac, Britt Nicole, Royal Tailor and Soul Glow Activatur of Family Force 5. The duo co-produced the majority of the album with producers David Garcia (TobyMac, Britt Nicole) and Joshua Silverberg (Luminate, Deas Vail). The lyric video for their brand new single, “You’ll Never Be Alone” can be viewed here. “You’ll Never Be Alone” was produced by and co-written with Telemitry (Hot Chelle Rae, Jordin Sparks).
Co-writer of four of the tracks and Executive Producer of the album, TobyMac comments, "I'm watching Capital Kings undeniably rock the crowds at Winter Jam every night! I've been waiting for something this unique for a while and the boys have delivered a daringly modern body of work that is massive on pop appeal and lyrically unashamed."
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All the Way
We Belong As One (feat. TobyMac)
You'll Never Be Alone
Living for the Other Side (feat. Royal Tailor)
I Feel So Alive
Ready for Home
Born to Love (feat. Britt Nicole)
The Paradigm (feat. Soul Glow Activatur of Family Force 5)
What do you get when you fuse the ultra-modern musical styles of techno, dance and dubstep with the long beloved sounds of hip-hop, rock, funk and pop? Some might say "calamity," but in the case of Gotee Records' latest addition, Capital Kings, calamity is the farthest thing from the outcome.
Comprised of Washington D.C.-turned-Nashville transplants Cole Walowac and Jon White, the duo has been making music together for a number of years, including producing remixes for several big names in CCM. They began to create a buzz all their own however, with the release of their first EP back in late 2012, not to mention coveted spots on both the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 Winter Jam tours.
Gaining a fast following for their memorable live performances and high energy style of music, rivaling that of mainstream counterparts, the group's first self titled project, Capital Kings, is set to take the Christian dance market and turn it on its head. It's already earned the band a nomination for the BPM Award (best dance/electronic group) in the first We Love Christian Music Awards.
"All The Way" is a fantastic opening track led with a compellingly catchy chorus, while the pulsating "We Belong As One," featuring a guest spot by the one and only tobyMac, takes an already upbeat album and kicks it up a notch. Toby's inclusion is a great draw for first time listeners, and sets the tone for the rest of the project quite nicely.
While devoid of any real ballads or subtle moments, tracks like "You'll Never Be Alone" do a good job of pointing more towards the message than the music. Sounding eerily similar to the likes of Owl City at times, the quirky and encouraging lyrics, written from a divine point of view, remind the listener that they are never truly alone in this journey called life: "I'm the streetlights that guide you home, I'll be the GPS when you've lost your phone, I'll be the song that's rockin' in your headphones, I'll show you the signs to let you know you'll never be alone."
"Living For The Other Side," featuring one of CCM's newer acts, Royal Tailor, immediately stands out from the rest of the album on a musical note. Toying with a Maroon 5 gone techno feel, it serves as the strongest cut on the record as a whole.
The album's widely spun first single, "I Feel So Alive" keeps the party rolling, and soon introduces us to the hip-hop/pop tinted "Ready For Home," singing about our longing to be home in Heaven with our Creator and away from the chaos this world throws at us.
"Born To Love" is a perfect follow-up to the previous song, once again touching on the brokenness found on earth, but offering the truth that we're called to win a hurting world through love. It includes an appearance by female vocalist Britt Nicole, and on a lyrical level, is the meatiest song offered.
"Be There" offers heartfelt encouragement and showcases the tastefully crafted dubstep stylings the duo has been earning high marks for. "Tell Me" takes the crazy vibe of the album down several steps and sings out more like a prayer, asking God to reassure us of His presence when all hope seems lost.
Going out with a bang, "The Paradigm" elegiacally rallies the troops and seals this group's infectious musical power in a big way. Getting in on one last guest appearance, is Soul Glow Activatur from Family Force 5, who offers his vocal allure to a trance lover's nirvana.
Capital Kings is a strong debut by a group that is already changing the face of new wave/electro pop in the Christian music world. A genre that, up until recently, was relatively obscure; much thanks goes out to bands like Capital Kings for its formal introduction. There are a couple moments on the album where songs feel slightly monotone, but in general, it oozes with fresh and fun musical creativity and will definitely go down as one of the most innovative releases of 2013.
Love it!| Posted March 10, 2013
This record is so upbeat and positive! I listen to it when I workout all the time and it always boosts my mood. If you havent hears All The Way, you're missing out. You'll Never Be anlone is also a very good song on this record.
Solid group| Posted January 29, 2013
I picked up their CD on the Winter Jam Tour 2013 and have listened to it beginning to end a handful of times now. It's a great CD. The songs featuring other artist are cool and their other stuff is even better! This is some great music for anyone that wants a good beat and some awesome lyrics. I would highly reccomend.
Soothing Electro-Pop Beats For Your Ears| Posted January 26, 2013
After getting some recognition after remixing songs for Tobymac, Capital Kings finally brings us their first full-length album that is comprised of 10 original songs. The result is an accessible album for anyone into those Top 40 radio stations. While the music the group crafts is really good, the lyrics they write are hit and miss. Some lyrics have a fun party theme that fits well with the tone of the song but on other songs they make some lame comparisons to love. Other then that small complaint, Capital Kings' debut album is a great one that deserves to be heard by many people.
n the last several decades, computers have shrunk from gigantic machines that took up entire rooms to small gadgets that fit comfortably in a music listener's pocket. In this digital age, then, it only makes sense that electronic music has only become more prevalent because of how easy it is to "throw it together." Record producers have noticed, and more and more artists are jumping into the game with mixed results, the Christian music hub being no exception. With the influx of artists, of course, comes the need to make a real impact on the genre. Enter Capital Kings, a duo (comprised of singer Jon White and mixer Cole Walowac) that seeks to mix biblical truth with the life of the party.
The hazardous aspect to electronic music is that, to the uninformed listener, it can be difficult to distinguish between the talented and the unaccomplished in the genre. With a few exceptions that land crossover hits on the pop charts (such as Owl City, Skrillex, and Alex Clare, to name a few), artists in the electronic genre are mostly obscure to the majority of the listening public, and to the uninitiated, one artist's attempt can seem unique when it truly isn't. Though the Christian music industry isn't completely devoid of electronic music (as prominent aficionados like Andy Hunter, Code of Ethics, and Joy Electric have kept the market exposed to quality work in the genre), very few of these artists consciously attempt to appeal to the pop scene like Capital Kings; with this concept in mind, the duo treads somewhat safe ground when releasing appealing material. Capital Kings could garner quite a bit of attention based on their genre alone, which makes their duties all the more pressing to roll out solid material. Fortunately, their first full-length record is a good introduction to what White and Walowac are capable of.
Up to this point, Capital Kings have done an effective job of getting their name out in the market by expertly remixing tracks from big names like TobyMac, Brit Nicole, Mandisa, and Group 1 Crew, and their resulting catalog of work is impressive with only a few years in the game. Indeed, these guys know how to mix beats in pleasing, engaging ways, and their preview EP, I Feel So Alive, from last fall showcased the duo's abilities to write their own material apart from remixes. For their self-titled full-length debut, then, the ante has been raised. "All the Way," "I Feel So Alive," and "Tell Me" are all accomplished tracks in their own right, merging truth with electronic pop in a fun way, even if it's sometimes a little too simple to take completely seriously. At times, the duo struggles a bit in the lyrics; lines like "I'll be the GPS when you've lost your phone" ("You'll Never Be Alone") or "no worries like RG3/we're going all the way" ("All the Way") are harmless enough, but seem more goofy than is really admissible for a serious pop act. There's plenty to shore up for their future original songwriting, but it's more than a good start considering their genre.
The exceptional tracks of Capital Kings are the collaborations, with TobyMac ("We Belong As One"), Royal Tailor ("Living for the Other Side"), Britt Nicole ("Born To Love"), and Family Force 5's Soul Glow Activatur ("The Paradigm") all contributing on vocals to complement the beats. "Living for the Other Side" shows that Capital Kings and Royal Tailor are a true match made in heaven with the funk and electronic pop converging with ease; Tauren Wells' makes a great showing here, even if some of his forced rhymes and wit don't quite work all the way through ("Some say we're kinda crazy/I think I'd have to agree/but that's the only way I'll wanna be"). The far-and-way best track on the record, however, is the house-influenced "The Paradigm," a truly skillful composition that Soul Glow's vocals really accentuate. It's a little different than anything else on the album in its scale and its focus on the music rather than the vocals (listeners aren't likely to hear this one on Christian radio anytime soon), but Capital Kings saved their best for last, and they would do well to focus on his sub-genre of electronic music for albums in the future.
With DreamLab and Ryan Stevenson making less-than-impressive attempts in recent years, it's refreshing to have a debut electronic pop project that showcases some practiced talent from the get-go. While often struggling to pair up impressive beats with introspective songwriting, Capital Kings can reconcile these differences and nail down their varied approach and truly succeed in this genre. For now, the boys of Capital Kings have a very bright future ahead of them as long as they continue to refine their craft, and they are early new artists that are truly worth getting excited about.
Awesome| Posted January 15, 2013
So stoked that these guys are Christian. Nothing really like them in the Christian music industry. Their songs are fresh and it's pretty sweet having them team up and remix some of the best Christian songs out there.
READY FOR HOME .BY CAPITAL KINGS| Posted January 09, 2013
I WAS NOT SURE WHERE OR HOW TO GIVE YOU THE VID WITH WORDS . SO I'M SENDING IN THIS WAY.
IF U HAVE OTHER I DO NOT KNOW IT. PLEASES ADVISE. AS I'M NEW AT THIS.
Great Debut Album| Posted January 08, 2013
Great sound, especially for those who enjoy the direction electropop is going lately, you can definitely notice the dubstep influence. Very danceable, which in my book is always good. Inspiring lyrics. Guest appearances add a really nice touch to the album. Personally loving The Paradigm (ft. Soul Glow Activatur), Born To Love (ft. Britt Nicole), and You'll Never Be Alone.
Can't Wait!| Posted December 11, 2012
I can't wait for this album to drop! I love their songs that's on YouTube, and this album will be AWESOME! Their music is great for parties and it helps spread the word of Christ! A ton of tobyMac, Britt Nicole, Lecrae, KJ-52 and George Moss fans will definetly get this album.