Posts Tagged ‘TOKiMONSTA’

April 6, 2018
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Last month, chameleon production virtuoso TOKiMONSTA shared the music video for her song with Selah Sue, I Wish I Could, not too long after we learned about her battle with medical challenges after being diagnosed with a rare ailment named Moyamoya. We’ve long known how immensely talented the Los Angeles based artist is, even contributing to crowdfunding for her first music video back in the day. Jennifer Lee never fails to defy our expectations with her sonic concoctions and the spectrum of sound she gives us on her variegated releases. I Wish I Could, a smooth and seductive, polished and elegant electro R&B and hip hop chimera has now received a remix treatment from another favorite of ours, alt dance pioneers SOFI TUKKER! The Grammy-nominated pair give the soulful track a fresh influx of dance energy on their brisk bounding, bass rippling remix. There’s no way you can ever listen to anything involving SOFI TUKKER and not want to get up and dance. The edit is a part of TOKiMONSTA’s new talent studded Lune Rouge Remixed record, which can be streamed/downloaded, here. In related news, SOFI TUKKER has also dropped a fresh new track, and as always, they’ve dealt us some incendiary bass and feisty sass on Batshit, which you can stream below. You could say we’re batshit for SOFI TUKKER. After all, we’ve already pre-ordered the duo’s debut album, Treehouse, and you can do so too, here. It arrives on April 13th, which is next week! YES!

February 6, 2018

It blows my mind that we’ve been devout fans of TOKiMONSTA for so long (even contributing to the crowd-sourcing campaign for her very first music video), yet knew nothing about the medical challenges the producer from LA was facing quite recently. Los Angeles based producer Jennifer Lee was diagnosed with a rare ailment named Moyamoya, and her struggles lead to several brain surgeries that resulted in a loss in ability to comprehend and write music, too. Yet, she fought through it all and released a sensational new album named Lune Rouge, which we had the pleasure of catching her on tour for when she visited San Francisco. I mean, I can’t even wrap my own brain around what she’s been through, and to be able to create the brilliant music she still does is just astounding. TOKiMONSTA reunites with director Mitchell deQuilettes for her new music video, one much inspired by her own personal experiences with trauma and the healthcare system. The clip was made for her single I Wish I Could, a smooth stuttering, slick prancing electronica, R&B, and hip hop chimera that features torrid smoldering, sexy enthralling vocals by Belgium chanteuse Selah Sue. If you missed out on TOKiMONSTA’s brilliant album Lune Rouge last year, you need to get on it, here.

September 18, 2017

It’s quite the dynamic team that TOKiMONSTA has assembled on her latest single, No Way. She’s joined by Isaiah Rashad, Joey Purp, & Ambré (who was amazing at Popscene last year) on the mellow & jazzy hip hop track. The Los Angeles producer’s new album Lune Rouge arrives in a few weeks on Young Art Records, and it’s shaping up to be a versatile vibe heavy record. No Way reminds me of earlier TOKiMONSTA with its chill R&B soul and soft skittering beats. We’re long time supporters of TOKiMONSTA (we even contributed to crowdsourcing her very first music video many years ago for Darkest Dim with Gavin Turek), so we’re more than excited for her new album, which drops on October 6th. In fact, we’re catching her on Wednesday when she tours to the Mezzanine in San Francisco. The personal story that Jennifer Lee told Pitchfork the other day blew everyone’s minds away. Not only is her story amazing, but its such a beacon of inspiration, an epic tale of perseverance and strength. Read the story, here. You can purchase/stream No Way via alternate outlets, here.

August 8, 2017
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We’ve been following NY synthpop project MNDR since the early days of IHM, and we’ve been missing new music from the now solo act for a very long time. Though MNDR has chosen to stay silent on the music front for quite an excruciating long time, she’s made some magnificent cameos on other artist’s tunes, the latest of which is a chromatic dance pop treat named Unusual from RAC’s fine new album EGO. Rewind several years, and you might recall she also featured on a TOKiMONSTA single named Go With It. Many of us are rejoicing right now as the esteemed and versatile production prodigy from Los Angeles reunites with MNDR on a fresh tune named We Love. This crisp burbling, summer balmy R&B pop and chill electronic delight, which sports florescent synths and a resilient bounce, arrives with news of a new TOKiMONSTA album, too. Guest talent studded Lune Rouge will be out October 6th via the producer’s label, Young Art Records. 

June 20, 2017
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Please excuse my humble brag for a moment, but I can’t help but feel some semblance of pride when it comes to my fondness for LA based producer and DJ TOKiMONSTA. I was so taken in by her music back in 2012 that I helped crowdfund her first ever music video, which was for early single Darkest Dim, featuring disco diva Gavin Turek on vocals. I’m elated that Jennifer Lee’s career has taken off since, and she’s given us an immense array of music over the past several years, showcasing an astonishing dexterity and versatility in the process. TOKiMONSTA has collaborated with a myriad of talent during that journey, and she now adds to that list an ethereal charging aria with Yuna named Don’t Call Me. The Malaysian star delivers cool soulful vocals over a byzantine hip hop and future beats soundscape which TOKiMONSTA has saturated with an immense amount of moody texture and edgy percussion. Don’t Call Me is sensually captivating yet darkly ominous in a way that reminds me of Flume, but with a glassy shimmering finish that feels like signature TOKiMONSTA. Don’t Call Me is out now via Young Art Records. 

February 28, 2016
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Who’d have ever thought that Los Angeles’ TOKiMONSTA and The Drums’ Jonny Pierce would be collaborating on a song together? Not I, that’s for sure. But here we are, about to dive into a song named Giving Up, by a producer who’s versatility is absolutely mind blowing. And who does it feature? Jonny Pierce! Giving Up fuses together two acts that IHM has loved for countless years, since it’s very first inception. I went into it without knowing what to expect, but found myself whisked away on a innovative journey that unites Jonny Pierce’s nostalgia infused gliding vocals with a gorgeously effervescent future beats soundscape. It’s a slice of music heaven indeed. TOKiMONSTA’s new album Fovere is shaping up to be a brilliant release, and it drops on March 4th.

February 21, 2016

Put It Down gets a gleeful revisit this morning via its simple yet intense new music video. The three way collaboration delivered by Los Angeles producer TOKiMONSTA features Anderson Paak on seamless rapid fire vocals and Oakland’s very own production talent KRNE. Together, they’ve dropped a rager of a hip hop and electronic track, one much invigorating and energizing, a sparking march of trap grandeur. Put It Down is the first single from TOKiMONSTA’s new FOVERE album, out March 4th on Young Art Records. Put It Down is availalbe for purchase on iTunes, where you can also pre-order FOVERE.

January 27, 2016
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We’ve learned, many times over in the past, how divine it is when producer TOKiMONSTA and songstress Gavin Turek, both Los Angeles based, work in unison to present us with intoxicating music. They recently reunited for some fresh disco grooving on hit song Surrender. Miami’s ES.P takes full advantage of those qualities on his funky cool remix of Surrender that takes us straight back to the 80′s with its old school flavors. For a moment, I swear I’m a little kid again. Beverly Hills Cop and Ghostbusters are on TV, and Paula Abdul is on that FM radio blasting in the background. Buy this retro dope remix on iTunes, it’s part of the Surrender remix package out on Young Art Records.

December 5, 2015
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It’s been a long moment since I’ve listened to Los Angeles production star TOKiMONSTA’s Go With It, a song both my good friend and I am very fond of, partly because it rules, and largely because it also features NYC duo MNDR. The track is over two years old now. It was on TOKiMONSTA’s sophomore album Half Shadows, and I jumped on sharing the original with glee on IHM oh so long ago. NY’s BENTZ and Detroit’s G-REX give us a newly updated version of Go With It via a percussion complex, bouncy remix that has me hooked on the tune all over again. The future bass remix spikes and slices, swells and oscillates resplendently. BENTZ and G-REX’s remix is out now on Ultra.

November 22, 2015
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This three way collaboration effort comes from TOKiMONSTA, the versatile Southern California producer who’s enraptured us for years with a bevy of genre crossing electronic tracks. Put It Down sees Jennifer Lee venturing into slamming hip hop and vibrant trap territory as she teams up with prior collaborator Anderson .Paak and Oakland’s very own production talent, KRNE. This one’s a rousing energizer of a banger. It cottony glides as much as it firmly thrusts with gripping power. Put It Down comes from TOKiMONSTA’s upcoming mini album Fovere, a sure to be fire release. Buy Put It Down on iTunes.