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Monolithic conjures low slung house grooves on ‘It’s Okay To Feel That Way’

Taken from Mineral Records debut deep-house / jazz compilation ‘IDEAL RULES’ out 26th May

Featuring Aerial Boy, Damian Rausch, Jehan, Iya Ko, Corbin Canvas, Paul Cut + more

Japan-born, New York based music producer and DJ Jun Torii (Monolithic) fuses lo-fi, atmospheric house grooves over a haunting minimal beat on ‘It’s Okay To Feel That Way’, taken from the new ‘Ideal Rules’ compilation out 26th May via Mineral Records.

“’It’s Ok to Feel That Way’ is a lo-fi house groove that evokes the scene of an intimate conversation,” explains Monolithic. “Soft chords from a pad synth lay a warm, gentle foundation, allowing the melody to sing a message of acceptance. An M1 Organ takes center stage for a fleeting and subdued epiphany.”

His music and style draws influence from a multi-national past, having lived in Frankfurt, and the greater Detroit area before moving to New York.  Monolithic gained his initial following through both Bandcamp, and major YouTube tastemakers through the audio-visual pairing and releases of his dreamy, and nostalgic feeling house records.  Monolithic’s music is now reaching clubbers and music lovers internationally and record “Alone With You” has reached 2M+ streams across all platforms, and has since been reissued on vinyl. 

Torii produces a wide array of warm, encapsulating sounds across a variety of tempos and styles – from acid house to breakbeats, heavily leveraging distorted 808 and 909 drums, nostalgic melodies, and retro chords that pay an ode to the 90s. He is a frequent DJ at Brooklyn’s go-to underground club spots, including Public Records, Good Room, Bossa Nova Civic Club, and others. 

Monolithic has championed most of his original releases independently, through his self-funded and managed imprint – Platonic Solids.  Outside of this, he has been invited to release on Australia’s infamous Clipp.art recordings, Portugal’s No She Doesn’t label, Brooklyn based Lwlvls, and Queens based MECHANICAL.

Mineral Records – a new imprint of cult label Roche Musique – releases its debut house compilation ‘IDEAL RULES’, espousing its tenets of creative freedom and progressive expression. In its various forms, house music exudes a blissful, light and free feeling. It is an escapist experience, often taking you away to a better place, offering us the perfect respite we all need right now.

For a Mineral Records debut compilation, IDEAL RULES seemed an apt title. A dizzying, intricate cocktail fusing elements of Jazz, Minimal, Lo-fi, melodic, futuristic and Deep House – Not pigeonholed by one specific genre but harnessing the ability to create your own rules and to look back at the history of the electronic music scene in order to create something entirely fresh and new. 

Ten hotly tipped artists were invited to curate IDEAL RULES, each with their own inimitable style. Alongside the American musician / producer Corbin Canvas, a clutch of producers appear on the compilation including space cowboy Aerial Boi from Lyon; DJ and multi-instrumentalist Damain Rausch – based in Germany – with his techy deep-house house; Parisian DJ and producer Paul Cut, member of the label D. KO records; Reykjavík-based hip-hop and electronic producer/DJ intr0beatz; multi-talented young Swiss artist IyaKo, who composes a sunny African House track for the compilation. Monolithic, Japanese producer based in New York who excels in lunar lo-fi house; the Frenchman Jehan, with his red carpet house with jazz accents and finally, the artists of the Mineral roster, Slow Valley, a trap and future garage producer based in Lille and Cerfeuil, an electronic duo with breakbeat influences round off the compilation with the track ‘Luster’, a melodic house track with a definite groove.

So, to embody and visualise the free spirit of the project, Mineral Records collaborated with an upcoming illustrator Idriss Surena to create a pleasure seeking feline in love with music, words, and sound, the pillars of the label’s values.

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