ZHU x TOKIMONSTA host pop-up show in Brooklyn for collaborative fashion line

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ZHU x TOKIMONSTA host pop-up show in Brooklyn for collaborative fashion lineZhu Tokimonsta 1

This Saturday, September 29, ZHU has announced he’ll be taking Brooklyn by storm to showcase his new fashion line with TOKIMONSTASERPENTS & ATELIER, designed by the former’s own NGHTDAY COLLECTION.

The duo will not only be highlighting items from the new line, along with pop-up-exclusive merchandise, but will also be throwing down on a surprise, four-hour back-to-back set at the legendary Brooklyn Steel from 4-8 pm. The pop-up caps off three consecutive sold-out nights for ZHU in New York, with the better part of his newly commenced fall tour still ahead of him.

TOKI and ZHU have intertwined in more ways than one in these passed few months. The two doubled down on a seductively ambient track, “Light It Up,” which ZHU featured on his latest album, RINGOS DESERT.

TOKiMONSTA reveals full extent of her recovery from brain surgeries and relearning music on final episode of Vox’s Netflix series, explained

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TOKiMONSTA reveals full extent of her recovery from brain surgeries and relearning music on final episode of Vox’s Netflix series, explainedTokimonsta Music Eplained

On the Netflix original “explained” created by Vox, the show aims to explain why humans are able to uniquely master musicality relative to other animals. Researchers discuss how music can help people relearn how to speak and with patients with movement disorders, like Parkinson’s disease, move more fluidly.

Jennifer Lee, aka TOKiMONSTA, was featured in episode due to her brain injury which lead to two brain surgeries. She had been deeply ingrained in the music industry, but due to her prognosis, she was all of a sudden not able to hear. This made her a valuable subject, as the documentary continues to explain music’s sonic qualities and why musicians who are able to create musical perception have an extraordinarily unique ability.

Cut to TOKiMONSTA, who explained she was diagnosed with Moyamoya in 2015, a disease where blood flow to the brain is constricted. After her first surgery, she couldn’t talk or understand anyone else talking. She watched Portlandia to recover and soon realized she didn’t understand the music in the intro song. A second surgery was needed. Her brain eventually healed, and could understand music, but she still couldn’t produce music. She retaught herself in a three month period, ending the episode by saying, “I wanted to live every moment like it was the last day I’d be able to make music again.”


Photo credit: Nikko Lamere

Full track list and release date of ZHU’s sophomore album ‘Ringos Desert’ revealed

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Full track list and release date of ZHU’s sophomore album ‘Ringos Desert’ revealedZhu Ringos Desert Release Date

There’s been no shortage of new ZHU teases from the enigmatic artist’s hotly anticipated second album. The hype has reached fever pitch with singles featuring top tier collaborators, including a genius link with Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker for “My Life,” and a satin smooth joint effort with Majid Jordan, “Coming Home.” Now, ZHU has unveiled his master plan with a full track list, official cover art, and release date. Ringos Desert hits stores and streaming September 7 on his longtime home label, Mind of a Genius records.

The album’s 14 tracks include previously released singles, as well as material from ZHU’s spring EP, RINGOS DESERT PT. 1. Despite the track list’s heavy chunk of available material, the full experience promises plenty of future hits – including monster collaborators like Karnaval Blues and TOKIMONSTA. The same day his sophomore LP drops, ZHU will kick off his DUNE tour in El Ray, California. Can’t wait until September to hear the new LP? The “Working For It” producer has an ultra secret BLACKLIZT premiere party  planned somewhere in the sands of the Mojave on August 31.

Full track list and release date of ZHU’s sophomore album ‘Ringos Desert’ revealedZhu Ringos Desert Tracklist


Guy Gerber adds dreamy touch to TOKiMONSTA’s ‘Don’t Call Me’

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Fresh off the heels of an absolutely awe-inspiring RUMORS Coachella after-party, Guy Gerber‘s embedded his crystalline remix prowess on the saccharine vocal exudences of TOKiMONSTA.

Amplifying its textural affect and hypnotic bassline, Gerber molds TOKiMONSTA’s “Don’t Call Me” into a transfixing slow burn. By adding in layers of lo-fi guitar and a bellowing bassline, Gerber strips the track of its anguishing emotional detachment and plunges into a pool of emotional triumph and catharsis.

TOKiMONSTA’s Lune Rouge LP has been given several creative reworks from the likes of Felix Cartal, Justin Jay, Sofi Tukker, and more.

Do LaB acts as a lush oasis, rife with surprises, amidst Coachella’s Indio playground once again – photography by WatcharaPhoto

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TOKiMONSTA drops star-studded remix LP for ‘Lune Rouge’ featuring Sofi Tukker, Felix Cartal, Justin Jay & more

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TOKiMONSTA has released a full-length remix album of her critically-acclaimed third studio album, Lune Rouge.

Released through her own label, Young Arts Record, TOKiMONSTA’s remix LP reimagines her trademark production and pop sensibilities with immense eccentricity. The LP features an impressively diverse billing of artists, from Sofi Tukker — fresh off their debut album release — to Felix Cartal, Alexander Lewis, Justin Jay, Sam von Horn, and more, TOKiMONSTA’s worked is elevated tenfold.

TOKiMONSTA is currently in the midst of touring the US.

Lune Rouge Remixed Tracklist:

1) Thief (feat. SAINTS) [Penthouse Penthouse Remix] 4:53
2) Don’t Call Me (feat. Yuna) [Alexander Lewis Remix] 3:18
3) We Love (feat. MNDR) [Felix Cartal Remix] 3:11
4) I Wish I Could (feat. Selah Sue) [Sofi Tukker Remix] 3:50
5) Don’t Call Me (feat. Yuna) [DâM FunK Re-Freak] 3:57
6) NO WAY (feat. Isaiah Rashad, Joey Purp & Ambré) [Kingdom Remix] 3:11
7) Bibimbap (Holly Remix) 5:07
8) I Wish I Could (feat. Selah Sue) [Ouri Remix] 4:52
9) Don’t Call Me (feat. Yuna) [Hugo Messian Remix] 5:05
10) NO WAY (feat. Isaiah Rashad, Joey Purp & Ambré) [Sam von Horn & Justin Jay Remix] 4:26
11) We Love (feat. MNDR) [Qrion Remix] 3:42
12) Early To Dawn (feat. Selah Sue) [Plastic Plates Remix] 5:38

TOKiMONSTA – Don’t Call Me ft Yuna (Alexander Lewis Remix)

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Alexander Lewis has done it again, this time adding his smooth production touch to TOKiMONSTA‘s “Don’t Call Me” featuring Yuna.

The original, which came out in summer 2017, featured a sultry R&B vibe contrasted with choppy vocal elements that tucked it in comfortably with some of the EDM trends at the time. Lewis has taken the steamy atmosphere up a notch by adding mesmerizing layers of synths and a subtle trap beat. He builds his instrumentals around Yuna’s polished vocals, letting them take center stage and continue to drive the original message of the song.

Lewis’ remix is part of TOKiMONSTA’s Lune Rouge Remixed compilation, which also features reworks from Felix Cartal, Sofi Tukker, and more.

TOKiMONSTA – I Wish I Could (feat. Selah Sue) [Sofi Tukker Remix]

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Sofi Tukker goes deep in this new remix of TOKiMONSTA‘s “I Wish I Could” featuing Selah Sue. The original hit track — featured on the LA-based DJ/producer’s 2017 album Lune Rouge gets a second wind thanks to Tukker’s rhythmic production ability and the start of another energy-filled festival season.

Selah Sue’s vocals are still as catchy as ever, yet Sofi Tukker takes the melody-driven chord progressions and adds a rapid, kick-driven bassline with additional club-ready feels. The duo is gearing up for the release of their debut artist album Treehouse on April 13th, which will be accompanied by a global tour.


Lightning in a Bottle drops off diverse 2018 lineup

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Bradley, California’s uniquely immersive festival, Lightning in a Bottle, has revealed the first phase of its 2018 musical line-up, set to take place May 23–28.

In an increasingly monotonous festival market, LiB defines itself in defying the norm. The festival’s forward-thinking curation has presently landed a diverse array of acts from Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, to Zhu, GriZ, Fever Ray, The Glitch Mob, Sofi Tukker, TOKiMONSTA, Modeselektor (DJ Set), Emancipator, Nicole Moudaber, The Black Madonna, and more.

Lightning in a Bottle’s strive for diversity in its programming can be best summed in music director and co-founder Jesse Flemming’s words:

“We’re definitely not trying to play the same game we are seeing with all the massive festivals these days when we book our music programming. Forget the big names you can see at 10 other festivals this year. For us the goal is to craft a musical playlist that will perfectly guide people along the experience we’re trying to create. We book each stage to be its own separate journey on any given day and we try to diversify it as much as possible so when you’re wandering around during the weekend you can always find something just right for you. This has been our goal since day one and it continues to shape how we book today.”

More information and tickets to Lightning in a Bottle, which go on-sale January 18 at 10 am PST, are available here.

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Featured image by D Zetterstrom

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Hundred Waters announce fifth annual FORM Arcosanti

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Hundred Waters made a radical statement about the typical festival model with the launch of their FORM event series, now gearing up for its fifth annual installment. Hosted in Arizona at an artistic micro-community known as Arcosanti, the event’s curators have refined an entirely unique festival experience since 2014 that breaks down the artist-attendee barriers of a normal music event, and envelops all participants under the tightly-knit umbrella of artistry and social discourse for what is has become one of the most absorbing events of the year. Last year, the event grew to over 1,200 attendees and brought the likes of Skrillex, Solange, James Blake, and S U R V I V E to the high Arizona desert. In 2018 Hundred Waters and company will return to Arcosanti, officially announcing FORM with a new trailer ahead of next year’s event.

FORM is slated to run May 11 – 13, 2018 at Arcosanti with Hundred Waters returning for programming and curation duties. Past lineups have brought a spectrum-covering range of performers to the incredibly intimate camping venue, from Bonobo to Thundercat, Tokimonsta to Father John Misty. Details on this year’s lineup are still under wraps, but the OWSLA trio are likely to bring another diverse cast of friends along for FORM’s fifth edition.

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