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Originating in a New York apartment and completed in a garage in suburban Sydney, Jonti's new album Tokorats will see release on Stones Throw Records. Following up from 2012 releases Twirligig and Sine & Moon, Tokorats is a psychedelic, harmony-rich dream-hop journey. Originally recorded as a sister record for Jonti's debut album Twirligig in 2011, Jonti scrapped the entire album and started again in 2013. After four years and hundreds of versions for each song, Jonti is finally ready to invite you into his Tokorats universe.
Jonti explains, "A Tokorat is that supernatural creature in the mirror. A multicolored weirdo mutant composed of all the elements of your story and all the complexities of your character. In every song, I was having a conversation with all the good and unflattering reflections of myself -- AKA my Tokorats. While this album does document a five-year spiritual journey, it was ultimately a fun and luscious experience. I'm lucky I got to know my Tokorats" Jonti's five-year journey included collaborations with, most recently, The Internet's Steve Lacy on "Scrood", Mark Ronson, BADBADNOTGOOD, King Krule, Earl Sweatshirt, and a 40-date world tour with Gotye.
He also teamed up with fellow Australians The Avalanches as they made their long-awaited return on Wildflower, an album Jonti helped record and performs live with the group. Having grown up in South Africa, lived in Los Angeles and New York, Jonti settled in a beachside suburb in Sydney where Tokorats was completed with the help of Jonti's friends. Helped along the way with various studio contributions from Australian artists Gotye, Kirin J Callinan, Bus vipers, Gauci and Mohi, Jonti called on Odd Future / MellowHype's Hodgy and rising Australian hip-hop star Sampa The Great to contribute vocal features on "Animah" and "Island Rose" respectively.
Millie says: New from Stones Throw is this incredibly diverse album, each track has its own unique ambiance taking you on a journey of what Jonti describes as ‘Tokorats’. Jazzy sections, ambient interludes and synth-pop tendencies make this album an intriguing must-hear!
1. Lotus Street
3. Sleeping And Falling
4. Island Rose Feat Sampa The Great
5. Misto On The Moon
7. Isle Of The Dead
10. Staring Window
11. Animah Feat Hodgy & Midnight Mutants
12. Love Prayer
13. Maria Mapulane Thibiri
14. Papaya Brothers
15. Meese Man