Classically trained in piano, Jennifer Lee aka Tokimonsta started dabbling beat making while attending college. She'd link w/ Leimert Park's Project Blowed as well as the esteemed Low End Theory as she started growing her career as a producer, and in 2010, Toki released her debut, Midnight Menu on Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder. The sonic textures she creates on the album are stunning; hip-hop rooted rhythms are rendered through soul, electronica, psych, & jazz filters creating a progressive pastiche of sound, and Lee's distinctive style sounds as refreshing as when the record first came more than 8 years ago. Check out "Gamble," "Sweet Day," "Death By Disco," and "Simple Reminder."
- music label: Vinyl Digital 2010 / 2017
reviewed by rei kwondo 07/18
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