Adam Bainbridge, better known by the stage name Kindness, is a musician whose three studio albums—World, You Need a Change of Mind (2012), Otherness (2014), and Something Like a War (2019)—have honed and altered an intimate yet inclusive brand of art-pop heavily influenced by post-disco R&B.
Despite the fact that Bainbridge writes, produces, sings, and plays a variety of instruments, they have been eager to highlight their collaborators (such as Kelela, Robyn, and Jazmine Sullivan), and as a result, they have received requests to contribute to numerous recordings from their peers, including Solange’s A Seat at the Table, which currently sits atop the Billboard 200. As a DJ, documentarian, and sampler, Bainbridge has also promoted their influences, citing tracks by Todd Rundgren, Trouble Funk, Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neal, and Cherrelle.
Adam Bainbridge, who is based in East London and is originally from Peterborough, served as Test Icicles’ tour DJ. Bainbridge, who was once known as Jitset, also remixed “Catch It” by the band as well as songs by Damn Arms and Lo-Fi-Fink. As the recipient of a fellowship at the Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study, they were initially identified as Kindness in the United States.
They created Live in Philly during their one-month artist residency, which was distributed on MP3 and a small number of CD-Rs. It featured multiple guest musicians, most notably Kurt Vile and Natalie Mering, like every other Bainbridge effort before it (aka Weyes Blood). Two years later, on the Moshi Moshi label, Bainbridge issued his first commercially successful album, a moody and frantic dancefloor rendition of the Replacements’ “Swingin Party.”
Bainbridge later founded the Female Energy label and signed with major label Polydor. Terrible and Casablanca were given the rights to release her music in the United States. Philippe Zdar, the pioneer of French house music, co-produced, engineered, and mixed the album World, You Need a Change of Mind, which was released in 2012. It featured the singles “Gee Up,” which was originally the B-side of “Swingin Party,” and “Cyan.”