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Mishka NYC gives their take on TOKiMONSTA's recently released LP, Midnight Menu...
For months now, IDM enthusiasts have been awaiting the forthcoming LP from Jennifer Lee, who plays under the guise of TOKiMONSTA. Currently a part of heavy-hitting IDM roster at Brainfeeder, TOKiMONSTA debut, Midnight Menu comes to us via an imprint of Japan's Art Union Recordings.
From the melodic Gamble, which sees mesmerizing guitar licks strung out over a glitchy backdrop, Midnight Menu is a soulful soundtrack that irrespective of your situation, will conjure images of warmth and relaxation. Hotly tipped to any fans of Nathan Fake, Nosaj Thing, or Baths, TOKiMONSTA melts hearts with a beauty of production that appears to strip her music down to the bare essentials, this is never more prominent than on "Solitary Joy," a track featuring the sultry vocals of Shuanise. Record highlights include "Simple Reminder," a track that goes deep into overdriven samples and trumpet stabs, while "Madness" is a soul-sampling head-nodder that gets better with every play.
With the release of Teebs' Ardour, and FlyLo's Cosmogramma, 2010's been a huge year for the Brainfeeder roster, and IDM in general; gaining an even bigger fan base, from further and wider than ever before. For the moment though, Midnight Menu is a cracking debut album from one of the brightest lights currently working the IDM sound. TOKiMONSTA is presenting her own version of the vintage California sound on a debut LP full of warm and positive, glitchy IDM. If you dig this, be sure to check out her recent work with Suzie Analogue as the two combine to create the genius that is Analogue Monsta.