Tokimonsta Remixes Gavin Turek's 'Frontline,' Announces Joint EP: Exclusive

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Tokimonsta dials it down from a shimmery disco song into an after-hours slow jam.

Gavin Turek and Tokimonsta are a musical match made on MySpace. After meeting on the social networking site years ago, Turek, a rising Los Angeles singer-songwriter inspired by '70s disco, and Tokimonsta (real name: Jennifer Lee), still establishing herself as a producer-DJ in California’s beat scene at the time, decided to work on music together. Their collaborations appear on Tokimonsta’s 2011 EP Creature Dreams, released on Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder, and Half Shadows, her 2013 album on Ultra Records. 

Now, the two are gearing up to release a joint seven-track EP of future R&B titled You’re Invited in July. To drum up buzz, Tokimonsta remixed Turek's track "Frontline," dialing it down from an shimmery disco song into an after-hours slow-jam. The song comes out this week on IHEARTCOMIX'S digital singles label, 1NFINITY, and you can listen to it exclusively on Billboard. Turek says the song is supposed to evoke feelings of empowerment for shy types who need a boost of confidence. It's a nod to the ultimate disco queen, Donna Summer, and Turek wrote it after a breakup to inspire bold action.

“Being forthright with someone I really like is tough," she says, describing herself as an 'outgoing introvert.' "Sometimes you have to fake it ’till you make it. That's what this song is for me, a straight-up ‘I want you and I don't care how it makes me look’ anthem. I'm hoping it ignites some crazy confidence in people even if it's not their reality at the moment.” 

The first single from You're Invited, titled “Hemisphere,” is due out in early July through Young Art Records, with the EP to follow on July 31. Turek and Lee are planning a tour, but dates have not been announced yet. 

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