TOKiMONSTA – “Half Shadows”

Tokimonsta - Half Shadows

TOKiMONSTATOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee) is a DJ and producer based off of LA. Half Shadows is her second full length LP since 2010. It was inspired by Haruki Murakami’s 2002 novel Kafka On The Shore.

I love TOKiMONSTA’s style. I’m a sucker for good hip hop beats with poppy hooks — she blends them perfectly and it makes my ear taste buds happy. I know this is cheesy, but I’m proud to see a fellow Asian woman with such a badass style! :)

Stream the whole ablum below:

[LP release date: April 9, 2013]

2013 Mixtape Vol. 3


This playlist (of new songs from 2013) in particular is super chill. For a little more beats, check out #1.

I really wanted to add a Sigur Rós song to this public playlist (right before the new Explosions in the Sky song), but it’s not available on Soundcloud. The song I wanted to put is Stormur from their new album Kveikur. Check out this blog post about the song and ever evolving music video.


“Mixtape cover” by colerise.

2013 Mixtape Vol. 2



“Mixtape cover” by so_may.

Below is another playlist with my favorite songs from 2013. The first song by $3.33 called _AS wasn’t available on Soundcloud, so here it is (from Bandcamp).

And here is the rest…

2013 Mixtape Vol. 1


I’ve been very late in posting some of my favorites tracks for 2013 so far. So late that I was able to put together 3 playlists at one time! Check out Mixtape number 2 and number 3. I’m looking forward to hearing more new releases coming this year… there are so many awesome new records (and live shows) coming out and I’m excited as fuck. If you’re in Atlanta and wanna go to a show, holla!


“Mixtape cover” by Subdisc.

And there was one song that isn’t available on Soundcloud so I couldn’t put in with the rest of the playlist. Here it is:

Selebrities – “Born Killers”


Cascine is one of my favorite record companies on Earth because they have some of the best bands on their label! Based out of New York, Selebrities released their new album Lovely Things (June 25, 2013). It is highly addictive, smart, and more mature than their previous releases.

Here is another one of my favorite tracks from the new record:

Classixx – “A Stranger Love”