Groundwork – TOKiMONSTA unites dance music’s tribes with her genre-defying sound

TOKiMONSTA pays homage to her remixers in her exclusive Lune Rouge-themed Groundwork playlist.

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There’s so much new music in the world, all too often we forget about the old stuff. That’s why we’re launching our new feature, Groundwork. A series of mixes and playlists from some of our favourite artists, Groundwork is all about digging into an artists’ roots and discovering the music that made them who they are. 

TOKiMONSTA has had one hell of a year. Having returned to music after a series of brain operations that left her unable to talk, let alone produce, in October last year she released her fifth studio album Lune Rouge. A triumphant record, it saw her collaborate with the likes of MNDR, Joey Purp and Selah Sue and reclaim her position at the forefront of the LA beats scene.

This year she released Lune Rouge Remixed, a new version of the record remixed by some of her favourite producers and artists working today. It’s a staggeringly diverse tracklist with everyone from Dam-Funk to current post-EDM heartthrobs Sofi Tukker taking on a track. Last Friday TOKi shared the final single from the project, Guy Gerber’s remix of ‘Don’t Call Me’ and today, in honour of it all, she’s come through with a Groundwork playlist dedicated to the artists that remixed Lune Rouge. Featuring everything from ten-minute electro odysseys to funked-out west coast gems, it’s essential listening. Check it out below and read Toki’s breakdown of her playlist after the jump.

TOKiMONSTA: For this playlist, I chose my favourite track from each of the remixers on the Lune Rouge Remixed album. I love remixing other people’s work—to see how I can give an existing song new life. This time, I was able to tap into the talents of others to hear and experience their take on my originals. I have never been a genre purist and I listen to everything from boogie, techno, hip hop, pop, prog rock and beyond. I wanted to encompass this open attitude to the remixers. I respect every single artist that participated in this project. They are all unique musicians that exist in different areas of music. It’s impossible to choose a highlight [from the album] – the diversity on the album is what I enjoy the most, it’s what makes it such a special project. Each artist has taken such a unique approach to the tracks.

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