How To Hit What And How Hard (The Moxtape Vol. IV)

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In between producing Feist’s groundbreaking album Pleasure, co-writing songs for Kelela’s upcoming debut album and working on his sixth full-length album, due out next year, Mocky is set to release the fourth installation of his “Moxtape” series. An unfiltered peek into his unreleased studio experiments and collaborations, “How to Hit What and How Hard" is a collection of handcrafted “off the grid bangers and some songs”, the multi-instrumentalist producer says.
At the start of 2017, Mocky built a studio at his secretive Los Angeles headquarters. As he put up the studio walls, he began doing test recordings and switching between hammer and nails and drumsticks and drums. The first six test recordings became the basis of “How to Hit What and How Hard’. They range from 1970s Sesame Street funk to Steve Reich-style arrangements with a backbeat to songs like “Problematic” (which casts Mocky's crooning in a glitched-out new light). Though the music covers a lot of ground in his search for goosebumps per minute (GPM), it’s held together by Mocky’s unmistakable percussive touch.
The L.A.-by-way-of-Berlin transplant plays almost everything on H2HWHH (drums, bass, piano, Rhodes, nylon string guitar, flute), with a few notable exceptions: Gonzales and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson guest on the exquisite “Desiree”, Nia Andrews lends some honey-dripped vocals to “Stop Time”, and Pegasus Warning, Joey Dosik and Aponte Poro round out this family affair on a variety of instruments.
On  “You Can’t Rush the Funk”, Mocky’s iPhone-recorded voice is as laid back as anything because, as he puts it: “Nothing began with the computer or a click track. Everything began with me hitting something, and during the process, I realized that in the modern musical environment, “how”, “what” and “how hard” you hit something make all the difference." And for those who wonder about the method to his madness, for the first time Mocky is opening the hood on this “how-to kit" of a record: He’s releasing all of the isolated, separated instruments as samples in an “Unpacked Edition”, allowing others to make their own works recreated from Mocky’s handmade blueprint. 

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released August 11, 2017

All songs published by Heavy Sheet Music/Warner Chappell
www.mockyrecordings.com
management@mockyrecordings.com
Mocky Cover and Studio Photo by Mary Rozzi
H2HWHH Box by Rand Sevilla
P+C Heavy Sheet Productions 2017

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Mocky Los Angeles, California

Performer, producer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Dominic “Mocky” Salole came to prominence in the Berlin electronic scene of the mid 2000s, releasing 3 solo albums and making waves with close collaborators Jamie Lidell, Peaches, Feist, and Chilly Gonzales.
In 2009, his music took a jazz-inflected turn to the acoustic with the release of "Saskamodie".
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Track Name: Put It In A Song
So let me put it in a song for you
Cuz the children know what to do
Just show each other love you fools
Ya we got a lotta work to do

Do doo do do doo doo
Track Name: Problematic
Ooh why do we make amends
And why do we still pretend
When we don’t even know what we are walking away from day to day
And we can’t even say the things we’re thinking cuz were way too afraid
There’s a life together and a fate I’m dreaming of
There ain’t a problem we can’t fix with a little bit of our love

Life without you would be p p p problematic
Life without you would be so full of static
Life without you would be p p p problematic
And I can dream with you baby but
You’re breaking me, you’re breaking me
You’re breaking me, you’re breaking me all apart baby
(Repeat)

Ooh to walk away would not be fair
But staying’s more than we can bear
And they don’t even know what we are walking away from day to day
And we can’t even say the things we’re thinking cuz we’re way too afraid
There’s a life together and a fate I’m dreaming of
There ain’t a problem we can’t fix with a little bit of our love

Life without you would be p p p problematic
Life without you would be so full of static
Life without you would be p p p problematic
And I can dream with you baby
I can dream with you baby
Life without you would be p p p problematic
Life without you would be so full of static
Life without you would be p p p problematic
And I can dream with you baby
I can dream with you baby
I can dream with you baby but
You’re breaking me,  you’re breaking me
You’re breaking me, you’re breaking me all apart baby
(Repeat)
Track Name: Stop Time (feat. Nia Andrews)
Your’e so sweet
But I can’t eat and I
Can’t sleep
Cuz i’m too deep

I wish I could stop time
I wish I could stop time
I wish I could stop time  
Because you’re mine mine mine

Your’e so close
Wanna do the most
But I can’t choose
Cuz I don’t wanna lose
(Don’t wanna lose ya)

I wish I could stop time
I wish I could stop time
I wish I could stop time
because you’re mine mine mine

Ooh ooh ooh ooh

I wish I could stop time
I wish I could stop time
I wish I could stop time
I wish I could stop time