In his debut album „Villa / 11 Rooms" Florentin Berger-Monit aka Toju Kae wants to take us on a journey through his world and creates eleven unique, fantastic soundscapes, so intriguing and haunting that they will make you listen to the album again and again. In this concept album Toju Kae carries us through 11 very detailed and rich, but at the same time never overloaded tracks that perfectly showcase his proficient producer skills and his attention for detail.
The tracks offer a blend of different styles covering downbeat, ambient, electro, easy-listening, lo-fi, IDM and post-dubstep with glitchy synths, clear clicks, a few handpicked samples, classical piano and orchestral sounds and catchy bass elements exquisitely selected, arranged and mixed to fuse to genre-defying walls of sound that suddenly appear and vanish as quickly as they appeared, leaving the listener longing for more. Each track connects up to the ideas and feelings created by the previous songs to bring you further down the artists rabbit hole and this concept warps around the ends of the album to create a continuous flow of escheresque proportions. The tracks have classic 4/4 grooves and trudge along a beat from 100 to 140 bpm and project each their own mesmerizing mental imagery with glossy finish.
"You don't get relief from an essential love. If you get relief it's that it was not worth the trouble." La rêveuse d'Ostende, Eric--Emmanuel Schmitt
"Only the living can truly return." Ma Public Therapy
This sixth album is the story of an attempt to mourn. Mourning a brother-in- arms and the love of the woman of all my lives. These two people, I'm sure I've known them "before", I've recognized them in this new today and I'll meet them again for my greatest happiness.
Like life, which cannot be boxed in, this album is a patchwork of states of mind (desire, sex, anger, supplication, offensive, depression, forgiveness, love), composers (Zôl, OP9, Stroke, Melanoboy, Midj Deal and myself) and styles (electro tek, hip hop, trip hop, dubstep).
If man is an animal that thinks too much, then what about woman? Same thing! Straight, gay, equality, parallel lines, mirror: Love is universal even if the ass is always ahead of the wedding.
"Mercy Maybe" is my therapy in front of the world to digest and bounce because three words can change your life: "I miss you". We find unsuspected energy in our child selves magnified by experience, and this is how we stay alive.
I am not one of those who learn to do, I learn by simply doing, meaning errors and oscillations. These imperfections make us hunters of dreams, human beings finally accepting their animal side. I'm not a god, I do not forgive anyone for any reason: MERCY MAYBE. Through music I am resilient and until the end, I will remain a warrior of love.
"After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexpressible is music." Aldous Huxley
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents." HP Lovecraft.