Andreya Triana and Tokimonsta tap into the sensual side of electric soul
You could say that Tokimonsta pulls from the psychedelic elements underpinning animation to infuse her music with a soulful, otherworldly quality. Her first EP from earlier this year, Cosmic Intoxication (Ramp), travels through the spacier realms of instrumental hip-hop. And her recent full-length, Midnight Menu (Art Union), begins where DJ Shadow's "Midnight in a Perfect World" left off: in awe toward the abyss of the city's night sky and fully enthralled with the prolonged indulgence and manipulation of emotion. Telephonic buzzes begin "Sa Mo Jung" just before a huge bassline kicks the engine toward a maximalist warp zone. The 8-bit haywire synth and rumbling sub-bass of "Chinese Smoothie" evoke the trailing luminescent tail of a dying comet. But some of the best Tokimonsta joints are remixes: an enchanting rendition of Marvin Gaye's "If This World Were Mine" and a flip of Tweet's "Call Me" into a glitched-out marvel of electric desire.
BONOBO (WITH ANDREYA TRIANA), TOKIMONSTA
Sat./27, 9 p.m., $22.50
444 Jessie, SF