Tuesday Tuneage: TOKiMONSTA Remixes L.A.

The record producer and D.J. crafts a unique sound that is all her own.

Articles // Shontel Horne // 11/11/14
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It takes less than five seconds into a song produced or remixed by TOKiMONSTA for the average listener to realize they are in for something special. Routinely laced with global influences, electronic beats and soulful vocals, TOKiMONSTA’s tracks often progress seamlessly from mellow to energetic; a musical slight-of-hand few D.J.’s and producers can replicate today.

A Los Angeles-native, TOKiMONSTA (born Jennifer Lee) has spent the last six years honing her urban electronica music, mixing smooth beats with distorted sounds that meld effortlessly in her tracks like “Steal My Attention” and “Sakamoto’s Spring.”

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A classically trained musician, TOKiMONSTA’s love of 90s-era hip-hop and R&B is apparent throughout many of her tracks, but it’s the international influences that set her songs like “Dusty Stars” apart from the pack. Unlike the one-dimensional EDM tracks flooding music festivals, nightclubs and radio airwaves, TOKiMONSTA favors a relaxed, non-aggressive sound often peppered with traditional Indian, Asian and tribal sounds. By taking a global approach to traditional electronic music, TOKiMONSTA has made herself an artist worth watching.

TOKiMONSTA’s latest album Desiderium is available now.

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