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r u s s e l b u c k This is so gorgeous! I love all the talent and friends you got on this. The melodies and harmony are infectious
It really feels like pop in the purest sense, plus it's got all my friends! I love it <3 Favorite track: Fall Apart (ft. MELEE MAX).
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✿ SHADY MONK blesses DESKPOP with his new LP, "SAKURA" ✿
This is classy electronic music, dipped in the catchy aroma of contemporary pop. Featuring guest singers, rappers, and producers, there are many surprises waiting from track to track.

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released April 25, 2017

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

THANK YOU TO... EVERYONE WHO HAS IMPACTED ME AND AIDED ME ON THIS JOURNEY. YOU ALL WILL FOREVER REMAIN IN MY HEART.

DEEPEST THANKS TO: BRAZOS EBNER, JACK HUBBLE, IDA CHELENGAR, NIKKI CHI, JAY HASELY, SASHA SOSIN, BILL BAYLEY, RJ O’NEIL, AND CHRISTIAN KIM FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS LP. YOU HELPED MAKE IT POSSIBLE.

CHRIS LIBBY, CHRIS KEOMANIVONG, GEORGE COKER, NICK HILL, CHRIS ALDEN, DARIO RUOSPO, WHO WOULD I BE TODAY WITHOUT ALL OF YOU. HYPERPOP FOREVER.

ZAC CHELBI, ANDREW ANGLIN, ERIN WATSON, JAZZY, FOR YOUR CONSTANT SUPPORT AND WILLINGNESS TO LEND AN EAR.

TYLER, SHANE, JEFF, ALEX, STEVE...BING BING!

STAN, ALEXANDER, ALEXI, FOR BEING SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS AND LIKE MINDED MUSICAL COMPADRES

SKY (TENKITSUNE), VICTOR (RUSSELBUCK), ZAK HADDAD (NOSCAR), GUS MCCALLUM (WAVVY FROG), JOE AQUIARE (BRAINFOAM™), BRANDON AKIN (DYNASTIC), SYLVESTER DRAGGON JR. (SYLCMYK), FOR AGREEING TO BE A PART OF THE MAGIC.

MAX COBURN (MAXO), OMNI RUTLEDGE (OMNIBOI), ALEKSANDER VINTER (SAVANT), KEVIN CELESTIN (KAYTRANADA), THOMAS BANGALTER & GUY-MANUEL DE HOMEM-CHRISTO (DAFT PUNK), TRENT REZNOR (NINE INCH NAILS), KEVIN PARKER (TAME IMPALA), IGLOOGHOST, NUJABES, ROYKSOPP, JOE HISAISHI, NOBUO UEMATSU, BREAKBOT, JUSTICE, LED ZEPPELIN, RADIOHEAD, MR. TWIN SISTER, TEARS FOR FEARS, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS, HALL & OATES, HIATUS KAIYOTE, VULFPECK, KENDRICK LAMAR, YASUTAKA NAKATA, LAIN TRZASKA, RICHARD D. JAMES, FOR ENDLESSLY INSPIRING MY MUSIC. (I DEFINITELY MISSED SOME BUT YOU GET THE IDEA)

MY FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND ANYONE WHO TAUGHT ME SOMETHING ALONG THE WAY.

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PRODUCTION CREDITS:

All Tracks Written, Performed and Produced by Shady Monk
Lead Vocals / Rap on Tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, and 13, Written & Performed by Shady Monk
Further Vocal Processing, Resampling, & Arrangement on Tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11 by Shady Monk
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Accompanying Vocals on Track 3 by Nikki-Chi
(Additional Compositional Credit to Nikki-Chi on Track 3)
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Vocals on Track 4 Written & Performed by Braz_OS
Back Up Vocals on Track 4 Performed by Shady Monk
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Back up Vocals & Rap on Track 6 Written & Performed by Melee Max
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Track 7 Co-produced by ACTION
Lead Vocals on Track 7 Written & Performed by ACTION
Secondary Vocals on Track 7 Written & Performed by Shady Monk
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Vocals on Track 9 Written & Performed by Nikki-Chi
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Track 10 Co-produced by Copperknob
Additional Drum Programming by Spike Kim
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Vocals on Track 11 Written & Performed by moistbreezy
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Live Percussion on Tracks 1, 3, 7, & 9 provided by RJ O'Neil courtesy of 'Echo Lad',
Recorded and Processed @ Telescope Recording by Jack Hubbell
Further Processing, Sampling, and Arrangement by Shady Monk
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Electric Guitar on Tracks 3, 5, 7, & 13 Written & Performed by Jack Hubbell
Further Processing, Sampling, and Arrangement by Shady Monk
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Mastering by Jack Hubbell @ Telescope Recording

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Track Name: Lift Off (On This Ship of Yours)
[TRANSMISSION]

Another venture
Light as a feather
We are together
Forever we can stroll
Along our journey
There’ll be much learning
All of which concerning
On how to reach our goal
On how to reach our goal
On how to reach our goal

Together flying (x2)
Together riding (x2)
Together gliding (x2)
On this ship of yours
Together flying (x2)
Together riding (x2)
Together gliding (x2)
On this ship of yours
Together flying (x2)
Together riding (x2)
Together gliding (x2)
On this ship of yours
Together flying (x2)
Together riding (x2)
Together gliding (x2)
On this ship of ~

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Together flying (x2)
Together riding (x2)
Together gliding (x2)
On this ship of yours
Together flying (x2)
Together riding (x2)
Together gliding (x2)
On this ship of yours
Together flying (x2)
Together riding (x2)
Together gliding (x2)
On this ship of yours
Together flying (x2)
Together riding (x2)
Together gliding (x2)
On this ship of ~
Track Name: IDK HOW 2 TLK 2 U (ft. Nikki-Chi)
I don’t know how to talk to you
I don’t know how to play your games
I don’t know how to impress you
I don’t know when my luck will change

I don’t know if I’m made for this (x2)
All these thoughts they all seem the same
Every door seems to lead to this (x2)
Who’s to say that we’re not to blame?

I don’t know how to stop myself
Better off if I just gave in
But even if I stopped myself
I wouldn’t know where to begin

I don’t know how to talk to you (x2)
I don’t know how to play your games (x2)
I don’t know how to impress you (x2)
I don’t know when my luck will change
I don’t know when my luck will ~

I only hope that I’ll one day know
The happiness that i’ve sought so long
Cuz I don’t think that I can let go
I don’t think that I will move on

I just can’t seem to get on through to you
I’m standing right here but you look on through
If only we could break this streak of blue
We’re both too stubborn for each others views

I don’t know how to talk to you (x2)
Maybe some day my luck will change (x2)
Until that time I’ll just have to do (x2)
And try my best not to go insane (x2)
Track Name: What's This Feeling (ft. Braz_OS)
Heck I’m out of control, and this
feelings taking it’s toll
See, it’s hard to get away,
away from it.
Baffled and bewildered by this I
want to get back to my bliss
But I can’t put a name,
a name to it

“So... I don’t like to put labels on anything... but, my hormones are leaving me kinda confused. If you have time, I’d love a suggestion... Or maybe a push in the right direction…”

What’s this feeling? (I just want to know!)

Floored and flabbergasted by this,
Oh tell me please how to find bliss
For I cannot define,
define my mind.
I’m too confused to feel sad,
But if you help I’ll be your comrade,
And we can put a name to it.

What’s this feeling? (I just want to know!)

I just want to know...

Soon, I’ll know.
Soon, (I hope) I’ll know...
Track Name: 桜【CHERRY BLOSSOM】
Ahhh
Shana na na na na nana
Shana na na na na
Shana na na na na na nana
Shana na na na na
Shana na na na na nana
Shana na na na na
Shana na na na na na nana
Shana na na na na
Ahhh/Ooh
Track Name: Fall Apart (ft. MELEE MAX)
I can’t see the sky anymore
I look around and see only floors
Tried to shake the thought of your smile
Cuz there’s no way to turn back the dile
I can’t see the sky anymore (x2)
Can barely pick my head off the floor (x2)
After all this time I still spiral (x2)
Been falling for what feels like ten miles (x2)

Ooh, you have me babe, in a state of unrest
I can’t shake this feeling, this pain in my chest
Oh, will I ever break away from that which has past
I’m still feeling this pain in the pit of my ~

Ya know what they say about the higher ya get
ya know, the harder you fall, and back then, yeah, i was standing tall but now I look back and I think ‘bout how I lost it all
Been shrinking so low I’d be lucky just to even crawl
Been sinking so far wouldn’t be surprised i break the law
Been drinking solo tryin’ to cope, no hope, with your deceit
I remember days we used to make each other feel complete

You made me feel complete by now my knees are getting weak, i feel it in my bones every single word that you speak. Some people cope with clouds and some people cope with water but this is real life, no this ain’t no Harry Potter, so forget those magic carpet rides, forget those little fairy guys, you tell me you just wanna be friends and when I’m hurt you act surprised. I never thought I’d get to this day. I always told you that I loved you but you didn’t care anyway. Remember when we used to go to the park? Remember when i looked in your eyes, the eyes that spark? You made me feel like you never wanted to be apart from me. A true love turned into a tragedy. You said that you wanted a future with me. A small car, small loan is all you could see. But everything that I loved was taken from me. I guess true love is just imaginary.
You said that you wanted a future with me. Two kids, small house is all you could see. But everything that I loved was taken from me. I guess true love is just imaginary. So I hold on to the times you gave me back then wishing I could go back and back to begin - begin to understand where I went wrong so I could pick up this life and move on and on and on…

I can’t see the sky anymore (x2)
I look around and see only floors, only floors
Tried to shake the thought of your smile (x2)
Cuz there’s no way to turn back the dile
(I remember days we used to make each other feel complete)
Track Name: Fixture (ft. ACTION)
I’ll write you in gold
You can feel the energy when we roll
Our stories unfold
You can tell me everything that you know

We’re not fixed, we’re not fixed, we’re not fixed (x4)

Tell me what you think i’m supposed to do
I got a real big problem with how i’m readin’ you lately
Show me I’m not seeing clearly girl
You gotta prove to me, that what I’m seeing can’t be real

You can wait it don’t matter
Cuz it always changes up in the end (Always changes up)
Hope my true doesn’t shatter
You can always find me reeling you in
Tell me it’s ok

We’re not fixed, we’re not fixed, we’re not fixed (You can feel)
We’re not fixed, we’re not fixed, we’re not fixed
We’re not fixed, we’re not fixed, we’re not fixed (You can tell)
We’re not fixed, we’re not fixed, we’re not fixed

Tell me what you think i’m supposed to do (x4)
Show me I’m not seeing clearly girl (x4)
We’re not fixed (x4)
Tell me what you think i’m supposed to do (x4)
Show me I’m not seeing clearly girl (x4)
Track Name: かわいいフルーツ【CUTE FRUIT】[Album Version]
Everything you do is super fucking cute, and
Everything you - everything you do
Everything you do is super fucking cute, and
Everything you - everything you do
And I can’t stand it
I can’t stand it

You woke up in the morning put a flower print dress on and that’s when I turned around and started writing this song. You a cutie with a booty, tootie fruity, let’s get smoothies, catch a movie, the way you woo me, look right through me, such a beauty.
You tie my heart into a knot. You mess up words and trip a lot. You can’t see shit without your glasses and count on me to find them fastest. When you grin it warms my heart, I even don’t mind when you fart. In this song alone I can’t compute just all the things that make you cute.


Everything you do is super fucking cute, and
Everything you - everything you do
(super fucking cute)
Everything you do is super fucking cute, and
Everything you - everything you do
And I can’t stand it
I can’t stand it
I can’t stand it
I can’t stand it
(Drop the fucking mic.)

Can’t compute just
Make you cute
Can’t compute just
Make you cute
Can’t compute just
Make you cute
Can’t compute just
Make you cute
Track Name: Discovery (ft. Nikki-Chi)
Isn’t it true there’s this place out there
Only surrounded by crystalline air
Can’t gather my thoughts as it happened so fast
Maybe I’ll be at this place at last
Small specks of light surrounding from all sides
These two worlds starting to collide
You know that I have always denied
But euphoria swept over my side
Then I start to fly away -

Let’s dive right into infinity
Where everything can be just so free
Sail right up into a never ending sky
Where nothing in this world will ever die
Singing to me, a gold bird in the tree
The grass below me was just so green
Everything was just as it seemed
Please never wake me if this is just a dream
Sha la la la la la la la
A place where love forever screams
As the flowers started to sing
I got so carried away -

Isn’t it true
Isn’t it true
Isn’t it true
Isn’t it true
Can’t gather my thoughts
Gather my thoughts
Maybe I’ll be - Maybe I’ll be
Small specks of light surrounding from all sides
These two worlds starting to collide
You know that I have always denied
But euphoria swept over my side
Then I start to fly away -

Let’s dive right into infinity
Where everything can be just so free
Sail right up into a never ending sky
Where nothing in this world will ever die
Sha la la lala la la la
Sha la la lala la la lala la
Sha la lala la la la la
La lala la la lala la lala la
Sha la la lala la la la
Sha la la lala la la lala la
Sha la lala la la la la
La lala la la lala la lala la
Track Name: Ocean Air (ft. moistbreezy)
sunday morning when i open my eyes
deep breaths for strength
to continue the fight
and i'm in
my bed
here it's so easy to hide
how can i find a way to make it outside?

i'm falling but i won't lose the fight
too scared to pretend there is anything i've left behind
sometimes i'm stalling it's so empty inside
but my mind keeps walking
to the edge of the night

come in don't you want to see me float
you made it rain so i built a bigger boat
come in don't you want to see me float
you made it rain so i built a bigger boat
come in don't you want to see me float
you made it rain so i built a bigger boat

i'm falling but i won't lose the fight
~ I can't be falling for you
too scared to pretend there is anything I've left behind
~ I've got a lifetime to lose
sometimes i'm stalling it's so empty inside
~ I've still got so much to prove
but my mind keeps walking to the edge of the night
~ So I won't be folding

i'm falling but i won't lose the fight
too scared to pretend there is anything I've left behind
sometimes i'm stalling it's so empty inside
but my mind keeps walking
to the edge of the night
Track Name: Getaway Pupper
"I see you runnin'"
Track Name: 魂の火【SOUL FIRE】
I clench my teeth and feel my
body go numb now
But there’s a reason that I
do this to myself
I’ve grown familiar with this
feeling coming on
Oh, i’ve grown inspired

For every moment that you
close your eyes in bed
You could have made your world a
bit better instead
I’ve got no time to waste
No chains to hold me back
Tonight i’ll set my soul on fire

Set my soul on fire (x8)

Set my soul on fire (x8)

This fire burns inside
A light that shows the way
Directing me throughout these
Trials day by day
I’ve found my place in things
I know where I belong
We’re all connected through the wires

I’ll make my mark until my
last and final breath
I’ll keep creating ‘till i’m
Face to face with death
So don’t hold back just
Come along, create with me
Cuz i’m not planning to retire