Charles Dickerson, better known as Mono/Poly has released the new single, “Easy Living,” the track features guest vocals by Kimbra, and is off his forthcoming full-length Monotomic. The “slow-burning, psychedelic single” also features bass from Thundercat. Other guests on Monotomic, which is due out September 13th include Kaytranada and Alyss.
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 has released music independently, as well as with 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.
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