Today Los Angeles based music producer Mono/Poly, aka Charles Dickerson, shares, ‘Easy Living ft Kimbra’ off his forthcoming album Monotomic coming out September 13th, 2019. The slow-burning, psychedelic single features vocals from Kimbra and bass from Thundercat, listen HERE.
Brimming with glitchy experimental beats, atmospheric hum, and unexpected melodies, Monotomic is arguably Mono/Poly’s most accessible effort yet. With contributions and features from Kaytranada, Thundercat, Kimbra, Alyss, and more, the album is a new chapter in Mono/Poly’s experimental, interstellar world.
The beginnings of “Easy Living” formed years ago (five to be exact), morphing as Thundercat contributed his funky and psychedelic bass over the original beat and then again when Kimbra offered her emotive, high register vocals. Says Charles, “I swear it was as if Thundercat turned into pure energy while playing here, very psychedelic. After he recorded, I knew Kimbra could do the high-range vocals I imagined on it and then the track evolved into a new form while putting together this album and I’m very pleased with the result.”
Adds Kimbra, “Charles sent me the track and I immediately connected to it. The track bed was so dreamy and evocative but when the drums drop it had a real toughness… it reminded me of being woken out of a dream state and the way we can live our whole lives in a daze. I feel like the song reflects a relationship or life that has become stagnated. We try to cover up our struggles with pleasure and ‘easy living’ instead of confronting our lives head on. Escapism is such a human urge and I wanted to explore both the beauty of that place and the ways we can get stuck. I loved the chance to get really experimental with the vocals. I brought to mind Minnie Ripperton to create the dreamy feeling at the start of the song.”
Mono/Poly will also tour this fall worldwide, including an LA release show and London set with Jay Electronica– all announced dates below.
Mono/Poly has become a staple in the electronic music community over the last +10 years. Known for his unique blend of interstellar, synth-driven, and textured experimental electronic music, he is inspired by everything from ambient to acid house, G-funk, and R&B. Charles has previously released music independently, as well as with respected labels Brainfeeder Records, Warp Records, among others. He’s also collaborated with almost every revered electronic producer in LA including Flying Lotus, Ras G, Thundercat, Knxwledge, among others and garnered international praise from Pitchfork, Fader, the BBC, Stereogum, Resident Advisor and more.
“Easy Living ft Kimbra” is out now, buy/stream it on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, YouTube, and more HERE.