Key Change
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11Upbeat Thing 2:24
2When Paulie Gets Mad 3:17
3Soulful Beat 3:56
4Weather Any Storm 3:14
5Whistlin 2:16
6Late Night Interlude 1:50
7Time Inflation (Message to R2) 3:40
8Tomorrow Maker 3:06
9Soulful Beat Reprise 0:39
10Head In The Clouds 3:32
11Hymne (For Murka) 2:31
21Closer To The Edge (Japanese Edition Bonus Track)1:59
2Gurdjeff (Japanese Edition Bonus Track)1:55
3The Touch (Japanese Edition Bonus Track)
4Instrumental Life (Japanese Edition Bonus Track)2:33
5The Fortress (Japanese Edition Bonus Track)3:40
6Les Introvertes (Japanese Edition Bonus Track)1:29
7Howlin At The Moon (Japanese Edition Bonus Track)3:21
8Ellipse (Read My) (Japanese Edition Bonus Track)3:01
9Sweet Things (Japanese Edition Bonus Track)3:06
10Little Bird (Japanese Edition Bonus Track)3:17
11When You Laugh (Japanese Edition Bonus Track)3:01
12Tomorrow Maker (Lucky Paul Remix)
13Head In The Clouds (P. Morris Remix)

Performer, producer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Dominic "Mocky" Salole came to prominence in the Berlin electronic scene of the mid 2000s, releasing three acclaimed solo albums, co-writing and producing classics like Jamie Lidell's Multiply and Feist's The Reminder and making waves on stage with close collaborators (and fellow Canadians) Peaches, Feist, Chilly Gonzales and founding the rapping puppet group The Puppetmastaz. It became evident that Mocky had his own way of doing things when he did his first tour at the zoos of Europe (literally setting up and playing in the Zoo in every town that he played and doing a matinee at the monkey cage before his club date). In 2009, his music took a jazz-inflected turn to the acoustic with the release of Saskamodie, which showcased his songwriting talents while introducing his unique sensibility to a receptive new international audience. A critics' favourite, Saskamodie was described by Pitchfork as "an exceptionally musical album - there's no other word for it that could fail to seduce only the hardest of hearing, or the hardest of hearts." In 2011, after work in Big Sur on Feist's Metals, Mocky relocated to Los Angeles, where he quickly established himself as a co-writer with uncommon credentials, and eccentric working methods collaborating with breakthrough artists like L.A.'s rising R&B star Kelela. With his monthly rooftops gigs at the ACE Hotel, meanwhile, he has breathed new life into the L.A. live scene. Along the way Mocky has given us some clues as to the direction he is heading by releasing two digital mixtapes/EPs ("The Moxtape" Volumes 1 and 2) and now he finally releases his new album Key Change documenting his move from the musical community of Berlin-Kreuzberg to his new home in L.A.-Echo Park and reflecting the vibe of the cities emerging underground jazz and psychedelic scene.

"Frank Sinatra was the first techno singer" declared Mocky in a recent interview on the BBC. Like Sinatra was one of the first singers to use the microphone technology of his day to bring more intimacy to his sound, Mocky uses today's music software and laptop-recording to bring us into close range with the performance at hand. And even if Mocky is a radical multitracker - playing most of the instruments on most Key Change songs all by himself - his use of modern technology strictly avoids presets - and sounds without real context and community are a no-go in Mocky-land. As Mocky said in a recent interview in Wired: "The most modern thing I can do in 2015 is make music with my bare hands."

At times - as with the wondrously lush "When Paulie Gets Mad", featuring frequent Flying Lotus collaborator Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on strings - you feel you're listening to some gem from an undiscovered 60ies soundtrack. But let's not forget that, more than just a composer, more than just a multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, Mocky is offering up a few unmistakable melodies here in a style all his own. Of the infectious "Living in the Snow" (which features a Feist cameo on drums) the Canadian-born-and-bred musician says: "I had to move to L.A. to finally write my snow song and remind myself of what it felt like. Writing songs can nourish you like this." Of course, as with everything Mocky-related, there's a deeper meaning contained within this funky little jam - the nostalgic undercurrent of a love that's going through an „icy" patch. Also two young singers who have been making a mark on the L.A. scene for whom Mocky has written and produced - Moses Sumney and Joey Dosik - turn in a smoother than smooth vocal performance on "Tomorrow Maker" and Mocky's long time collaborator Chilly Gonzales sits in on piano and rhodes on "Head In the Clouds" - the classy pop song without which every Mocky album would be incomplete.

The fact that not a single sample is used on Key Change is a testament to the outside-of-time-quality of Mocky's music. "When I record an instrument today" says the man who once toured with nothing but a sampler and a rapping puppet, "I try to inhabit a character from a place in my mind or an era that could have existed, and when all of these different characters interact, you have a captivating story." But it's not just the characters in his mind that effect the plot, it's the musical family, always growing, that Mocky has surrounded himself with since the beginning. You hear it in the sound - friends old and new, famous and not, dropping by, laying down a track, sharing a laugh or a heart-to-heart. They're at home in this music, and you feel it - the element of trust, the spirit of community. It extends to you, the listener, as well. And you need that trust, because this music is different. You know it the moment you hear it, even if you can't say how. Eschewing computer-generated sounds, reveling in the negative space of his own hand-made beats, Mocky draws on the past and the future to give us back the present as only someone with deep roots in electronic music can. If "Machines have become the arbiters of emotion" as Mocky claims, then Key Change shows there's another way. Deeply familiar yet utterly new, dreamy and ethereal yet earthy and grounded, this is the music of paradox. It resists classification, as many a music journalist has discovered. It lives on its own terms. That's the power of it. You can talk about it all you want. But in the end, you just have to listen.