It’s a delightful experience when an artist manages to exceed your expectations. It usually happens when they take whatever genre they consider themselves to be a part of, and take a completely unique—and fantastic—approach to it. TOKiMONSTA, an electro artist hailing from Los Angeles, does just that.

Starting out with 80s-synth-infused “Bright Shadow,” you can tell that she is taking the oft-explored genre of electro and giving it a soulful and jazzy twist. This theme of jazz-electro is even more prevalent through “The World is Ours” which takes a dreamy Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell sample and amplifies it with some modern beats and pulsating synths.

From there, we take a trip down inebriation lane to the purely instrumental “Almost Free,” where she manages to me a madly clever arrangement out of “1 rhodes (for music and percussion), a pair of car keys, 1 mobile audio interface, 1 mac, [and] 1 drunk girl.” The result of this charming combination in a relaxing bit of electro that would fit right at home in one of those delightful indie flash games.

TOKiMONSTA – Bright Shadow

’Bright Shadow’

TOKiMONSTA – The World is Ours

’The World is Ours’

TOKiMONSTA – Almost Free

’Almost Free’
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