The L.A based producer, TOKiMONSTA is know for her unique blending of sounds and her latest single “Put it Down,” is no exception. The textured track pulls a variety of melodic samples together to create a sound that is airy and light. But when fellow Cali producer KRNE comes on the track, his pulsing beats and percussion play against TOKiMONSTA’s lush sound. Yet it’s an appearance by rapper Anderson .Paak, vocals that bring the whole song together: Still with you from day one/ Can’t forget where you came from – he raps.
"Anderson .Paak is a friend and an artist I've always believed in,” said TOKiMONSTA in an email to the Fader in regards to the collaboration. “Our mutual respect for each other as family and musicians make our collaborations work so well, and "Put it Down" shows a different facet to our collaborations. Also on board for this track is KRNE, who is an up-and-coming producer who was amazing to work with as well.”
It appears the love is mutual, as KRNE explained in an email to The FADER. "'Put it Down' was one of those tracks that just came together quickly," he said. "I showed Toki these chords one day and she heard something in them that I missed—she really elevated everything to a whole different level. And Anderson .Paak was the perfect person to tie everything together."
TOKiMONSTA's new mini-album Fovere, drops January 29 via Young Art Records. She says that Fovere is her most complete work to date.
"By complete," she explained. "I mean it's a body of work that is whole and that I'm proud of. It represents my life at the time it was being made--a point where a lot of transitions were being made and I had the biggest personal growth spurt. 'Fovere' essentially means, ‘to cherish’ in Latin. To cherish everything--good, bad, light and dark.”
In addition to this song, it will feature collaborations from Jonny Pierce of The Drums, Kiya Lacey, and Gavin Turek. Check out the song below and be sure to catch TOKiMONSTA live on her current Fovere 2015 Tour.
TOKiMONSTA FOVERE TOUR 2015 Dates:
11/19 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater +
11/20 Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck +
11/21 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry +
11/22 Iztacalco, Mexico - Corona Capital Music Festival*
11/25 Detroit, MI - Populux #
11/27 Toronto, ON - Mod Club #
12/01 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair #
12/02 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
12/03 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade # - Sold Out!
12/04 Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry #
12/05 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall #
12/08 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West #
*notes festival appearance
+notes support from Leikeli47
#notes support from Anderson .Paak & Two Fresh