Last weekend offered a packed schedule of high-profile shows in NYC. Those opting for the low key electronic option trekked down to the West Village for TOKiMONSTA’s sold out show at Le Poisson Rouge (Bassnectar, Big Gigantic and Rusko played MSG the same night). And for those who made this choice , let me confirm it was a solid one.
On Saturday, Oct. 4th, West Coast Glitch Hop Artist Jennifer Lee, better known by her stage name TOKiMONSTA, brought her signature energy with a brave new sound. Sporting a high bun and Jersey, Lee had the crowd totally turnt with a trap heavy set list. Fans old and new were appeased by her varied set which included plenty of throwbacks and introduced a number of new songs from her 2014 mini-LP, Desiderium.
“This is my big surprise for New York!” Lee exclaimed after bringing R&B diva Arama on stage to sing live vocals on the new single Drive. Her voice was crystal clear and added a great deal of depth to the second half of the show. TOKi “closed” the show around 9:30 with Go With It, a dreamy feel-good anthem featuring electro duo MNDR.
After a roar of applause, Lee returned to the stage with the request that the crowd turn up to 150% percent, stating she was ready to go hard. She kept her word by delivering booming bass and plenty of stage presence. Watching her dance and handle her equipment with deft hands quickly revealed why she was such a good pick to accompany Skrillex on his fall tour. Lee’s got that special something, and when you see this girl spin live, you’ll know what I’m sayin’.
Her LPR performance was a tight package of charisma, technical skill and a collection of great hip-hop and R&B tinted music. The intimate dance floor and simple monochrome visuals played to Lee’s advantage, giving the show an exclusive feel that really focused on the music. Whether she was sampling hip-hop staples from Jay-Z or bringing brand new collaborations with artists like Anderson Paak, TOKi never faltered. She was in her element, and the audience repaid her with energy, excitement and killer dance moves.
Check out Drive here: