Sunday, 22 May 2011

Recommended music: 'Creature Dreams' by Tokimonsta

LA native Jennifer Lee, aka Tokimonsta, has just released this EP on Brainfeeder records, the label established by Flying Lotus. But unlike the frantic crunchiness of her boss's records this is a far more laid-back affair, verging on what we used to call 'trip-hop' back in the day. It's surprisingly light for an album that was recorded almost entirely between 2am & 7am. Guest vocals on a couple of tracks from  Gavin Turek give the album a chance to breathe, while the instrumentals perfectly evoke an early-evening feel as you gradually  wind yourself up for a night out. It's the sort of record that would have made perfect sense released on on Mo Wax back in the 1990s.

You can listen to the whole album below - my favourite tracks is probably album closer 'Day Job', possibly the darkest and moodiest track on the record with a classic trip-hop drumbeat that provides a perfect way to finish the album.

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