TOKiMONSTA, Creature Dreams (May 26, 2011)
With Creature Dreams, TOKiMONSTA makes a few tweaks to her neo-trip-hop adventures. Most impressively, she adds loud drums to “Day Job’s” guitar loop, and then closing out the track with an unexpected blast of noisy feedback. A disorienting synthesizer intro is included on “Moving Forward”; but the intro to “Stigmatizing Sex” sounds like “Bready Soul” from 2010’s Midnight Menu. TOKiMONSTA’s stock-and-trade remains buttery instrumental hip-hop that hearkens to the golden era of DJ Shadow and the Ninja Tune label’s beats and pieces, and she delivers on that count with Creature Dreams in spite of its creeping familiarity. Brainfeeder, with distribution by Alpha Pup Records.