Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Spotlight: Tokimonsta

Hailing from California via Korea, Tokimonsta is the leading lady of FlyLo's Brainfeeder label.

A diplomat of the west coast Cali post-hip-hop sound, rolling with big-names such as Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing and The Gaslamp Killer, and with collabs with such names as Shlohmo, Kid Kanevil and Blue Daisy (who still hasn't turned up for dinner), this girl is going big places, fast. Whilst this sound and scene hasn't quite kicked off in the UK yet, it soon should. As dubstep (or whatever we call it post-dub-minimal-stuff) starts to merge with the hip-hop beats of HudMo, Rustie and the rest of their ilk, these American artists will become more and more prevalent, so jump on the boat before it becomes a bandwagon.

Take - Horizontal Figuration Tokimonsta Remix by TOKiMONSTA

Her second EP, titled Midnight Menu, has just hit the stores, and whilst the first EP, Cosmic Intoxications, was good enough, this piece is even better (if that's possible). A full 12 tracks of rolling, disjointed and paraletic beats fill up your head faster than a Tokyo bullet train, and have forced other would-be producers away shaking their heads.

Having personally caught her live twice, I can add that her live show doesn't dissappoint either. Whilst not the showman (or woman) that The Gaslamp Killer or Débruit might be, she nonetheless pulls out all the stops when it comes to the music: a shifting, wavering tour-de-force of a set that fuses hip-hop, dubstep and funk to full effect. If you get a chance, don't miss her.

Here's a few more tracks to whet the proverbial whistle. Enjoy.

[Preview] Sa Mo Jung 思母亭 (on Midnight Menu LP) by TOKiMONSTA

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