increasing confidence in experimenting with her production setup. I wouldn’t be surprised if her sound mutates significantly in the future – Ikonika has yet to show what she’s capable of! Tokimonsta Across the ocean, lurking in the shadows of the LA underground is Jennifer Lee, better known as Tokimonsta. Her lush soundscapes – synthetic yet organic collages of dusty, broken hip-hop beats, live instruments and exotic percussion – grabbed the attention of beat-making guru Flying Lotus, who has taken her under his wing and calls her the first lady of his flourishing collective/label Brainfeeder. Apart from being a talented musician, Toki (“rabbit” in Korean) also boasts an attractive appearance. Her Asian origins combined with her obvious passion for fashion, art and clever musical gear give her a unique, future-old-school anime magic that makes her a spectacular and beloved live performer. Toki has two releases – the limited edition Bedtime Lullabies for the US/Japan clothing label Foreign Family and the free Attention Deficit, a compilation of remixes of hip-hop classics. 2010 will be a major year for her, first because of her upcoming releases for Brainfeeder and Ramp Recordings, and second, because of her participation in the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy in London, which has definitely strengthened her position as a creme-de-la-creme avant-garde electronic artist and officially introduced her to the European scene.
Cooly G It’s time to introduce the second lady of Hyperdub – Cooly G, or Merissa Campbell. She is also known as the chocolate diva of the UK funky house/bass scene. Apart from being a top DJ with a hefty schedule, a producer and a singer, she’s also a semiprofessional football player and the proud single mother of a boy. I don’t know how she manages to do so many different things at the same time, but being busy seems to work well for Cooly because she’s never been better. Merissa’s musical journey began in her childhood with DJ gigs at family gatherings. At 17 she introduced herself to studio equipment and managed to discover the secrets of producing and sound engineering on her own. Ten years later she is now part of the Hyperdub family, yet she still distributes the bulk of her productions the old-fashioned way – on CD. Her anticipated official releases this year include the collaboration project “Cooly and the Gang,” which includes artists like Kode9 and Scratcha DVA, among others. Cooly G’s sound is deep, progressive and hypnotic, especially on tracks such as “Weekend Fly” and “Love Dub,” where you can enjoy her smooth vocals. She describes her music as a mixture of house, techno, tribal and dubstep – an experimental field where few other artists dare tread. Emika The most exciting rising star on today’s list is shrouded in darkness and mystery.
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