LA Raised Jennifer Lee (or TOKiMONSTA to the majority of us) is a student of music who has managed to craft an undeniable sonic aesthetic throughout her records to this moment. Her latest, Realla, a collaboration with Anderson Paak is a thunderous journey into the unknown with great performances by both artists.
‘Realla’ is a production with layers, layers on layers. The track moves into life thanks to a powerful bassline that’s supplemented by unnerving vocals by Anderson Paak. Slowly but surely the production introduces a drum-loop, synths, vocal samples and a horn section all of which somehow manage to co-exist together thanks to TOKiMONSTA’s fantastic orchestration. Anderson, vocally doesn’t get deterred by the thunderous nature of the instrumental rather smoothly gliding over it, constantly getting his personality across, switching up where necessary to keep on point with the production.
The combination of these two is unexpectedly brilliant and I hope I’m not the only one wishing for more from this duo.