RIYL: Instrumental Hip Hop, Electronic Exotica, Imaginary Film Soundtracks, Tropical Drinks with Little Umbrellas

Label: Gold Robot

Mystery Cove, Monster Rally’s new collection of sample-based tropical pop, is up for pre-order in one of two color vinyl variants (an extremely limited number of test pressings are already gone). Mystery Cove sounds like it’s going to have all the mood-setting tropical hip-hop flavor of past Monster Rally releases, this time set within the structure of an imagined movie soundtrack. Check out Pelicans below and enjoy!

The Details

When the beach party film revival arrives, Ted Feighan (aka Monster Rally) will be the Ennio Morricone of its resurgence. Mystery Cove, the forthcoming Monster Rally album, is a soundtrack to an imaginary movie both fit for the vaults of TMC and primed for a grindhouse exploitation flick screening. Mystery Cove contains a narrative arc of young lovers on an island getaway. As the grooves spin, Monster Rally reveals a cabalistic presence in the jungle that leads them on an adventure of surf competitions (“The Big Surf”), voodoo terror (“Tourismo”), and plenty of slushy cocktails (“After Hours”). The occult meets the salt-rimmed rum mix on Mystery Cove.

Since his Coral LP, Monster Rally has been an analog to the exotica forefathers. His reinvention of cocktail music via luau-loops and tchotchke breaks evokes a mondo vision of the subgenre. With Mystery Cove, the quiet village is not what it seems, and every resort comes at the cost of indigenous displacement. Beyond the florals and brightly feathered fauna is inferno in paradise.

Monster Rally is the brainchild of Cleveland native Ted Feign, which began with the goal of assembling a bunch of old records into a completely different beast. Feighan began crafting tracks from his collection of records, combining his interests in Hip-hop, Exotica, Tropicalia, and Soul. Monster Rally creates tracks that manage to maintain a surprisingly organic sound, as if they were recorded by a full band on analog tape. There is something inherently nostalgic about the sound.

Price $19.99

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