Thursday, April 19
There is no Magna Carta or Rosetta Stone of sampling. There are no rules or regulations, but if there were,TokiMonsta would break them. Each track on the LA electronic producer’s latest EP, Cosmic Intoxication, straddles the line between original work and mash up—blending recognizable samples with distorted, twisted clips. The glitchy hip-hop beats on Cosmic Intoxication are sample from a variety of sources, like the first track, “Playing With Toys” which creatively fuses the Junior Boys’ “Caught In A Wave” with the Flaming Lips’ “The Spark That Bled.” Not all of TokiMonsta’s samples are as easily recognizable, but they all combine to create dynamic, head bobbing tracks that usually transcend their parts. Listening to the Brainfeeder Records artist play with her toys is one thing, but watching her is another as she stands in front of her sequencer tapping out beats and wrestling knobs. TokiMonsta will bring her beats to Soundlab next Thursday (April 19) with openers Perceptor, Mark Kloud, and more. —cory perla
9pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (440-5907 /bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab). $12 advanced, $15 day of show.