Tokimonsta and Mike Gao Close Out All City's LA Series 2010
Over the past year, Dublin’s All City Records released a series of split records from some killer producers. Samiyam, Daedelus, Teebs, P.U.D.G.E and more than a dozen other west coast beat wizards were featured on the LA Series. We couldn’t help but notice that one of our favorites is closing out this killer collection for 2010, and rightfully so. TOKiMONSTA has been working hard as hell. As if putting out an LP, an EP and countless mixes and remixes along with a tour schedule wasn’t enough, the LA beatsmith leaves us with three gems to carry us into the new year.
Mike Gao, with whom TOKiMONSTA shares this release, has got a serious list of credits in his own right. Though he’s settled in California now, his travels began in Beijing and Tokyo. A known gear head, Gao is always adding machinery to his set up, including an iPad more recently. While some of the technology antics are fun and games, Gao’s production is serious. Each track is an organized mess of samples and what sounds like transmissions from futuristic communication devices. The combination makes his sound simultaneously soothing and maddening.
We’ll be covering more movements from these ultra-skilled producers in the new year. In the meantime, enjoy LA Series 8.
Hear TOKiMONSTA’s “Alive” from LA Series 8