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

by Mocky

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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 10, 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
Track Name: Put It In A Song (Part 2)
I got love for you
And you got love for me
We just got a funny way to show it
And there’s tears ahead and more heart break baby
Unless we find a way to stick together

So let me put it in a song for you
Because the children know what to do
Just show each other love you fools
After all that we’ve been through

So let me put it in a song for you
Because we know exactly what to do
Just show each other love it’s true
Ya we got a lotta work to do
(Work to do)
Do doo do do doo doo …
I’ve been trying to show ya
Cuz sometime words are hard to find

So let me put it in a song for you
Because the children know what to do
Just show each other love you fools
After all that we’ve been through

So let me put it in a song for you
Because we know exactly what to do
Just show each other love it’s true
Ya we got a lotta work to do

I was just trying to save you a little heartache
But we all gotta learn the hard way
So before I lose my voice let me put it in a song
Do doo do do doo doo …

So let me put it in a song for you
Because we know exactly what to do
Just show each other love it’s true
Ya we got a lotta work to do
Track Name: Shuggie Pie
Oh today we can find a way
Nobody told me they were watching over me
Oh today we can find a way
Nobody told me they were watching over me

Hollywood to downtown we’re dancing to be free
Nobody told us there’s a price tag on our feet
Eastside to Westside there’s a payback going round
We been playing on the rooftop and you know we ain’t falling down

Oh today we can find a way
Nobody told me they were watching over me
Oh today we can find a way
Cuz as long as we’re tight baby it’s alright with me

Ah wee! We could be ice cream and apple pie
Ah wee! Don’t scream don’t cry when love goes bye bye bye bye

Hollywood to downtown we’re dancing to be free
Nobody told us there’s a price tag on our feet
Eastside to Westside there’s a payback going round
We been playing on the rooftop and you know we ain’t falling down
It’s ok its alright
It’s ok its alright
It’s ok its alright
It’s ok its alright

Ah wee! We could be ice cream and apple pie
Ah wee! Don’t scream don’t cry when love goes bye bye bye bye
Ah wee! We could be sunny skies and rainbow fries
Ah wee! Don’t scream don’t cry when love goes bye bye bye bye
Track Name: Love Wins
Busy living your life
For all the right reasons
But you’re gonna have to fight for what you believe in
I’ll be by your side through every season
Let’s not close our eyes tell me what are you seeing

Love wins, time and time again
Love wins, it’s always just around the bend
Love wins, so when they tell you that you can’t tell em
HA HA HA HA HA
Cuz love wins

Remember how to care
Maybe then you won’t feel so bad
When life’s not fair
Just remember those feelings we had
(Gonna have some more baby)
When you need a little love
I’ll be the one you come running to
And together we’ll thrive
More than we want to baby, we need to baby
If we stare into the light
This world could be everything we ever dreamed of
What’s the meaning of life
We’ll never know, we’ll never know, we’ll never know
So stop trying to fight it

Love wins, time and time again
Love wins, it’s always just around the bend
Love wins, so when they tell you that you can’t tell em
HA HA HA HA HA

Cuz love wins