Ramsey Elkholy makes his living as an anthropologist, but he’s also a musician — and with Monotronic, he’s cultivated a foot-shaking, funk-raising blast of throwback musical magic that is sure to turn some heads.
Today, Rock Cellar is premiering Monotronic’s new single, “In Your Head,” which is aptly named. After listening to this one, it will definitely be lodged in your head for a while:
Said Elkholy of the song:
“This song is about drama in relationships that can result from misunderstandings or miscommunication. Mostly from the male perspective, it highlights the feelings of loss and emptiness when situations have spiraled out of control and the relationship seems irreconcilable (‘never thought this thing you done would go so far’).”
Some more on Monotronic’s history, via the band’s official website:
Conceived by guitarist/anthropologist Ramsey Elkholy, Monotronic started in 2016 as a loose collective of New York City musicians. Their sound is a combination of electronic music with a wide range of cultural influences. The band draws influence from Elkholy’s travels throughout Southeast Asia, and his time spent in Calcutta studying Indian classical music. Elkholy received his PhD from the University of Manchester in the UK; and spent nearly two years in the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia conducting research among the Orang Rimba tribe. He has published a book entitled “Being and Becoming”, an anthropological account of his time spent living among the Orang Rimba tribe. Elkholy cites living in this “collective” or “tribal” mode of life, where the group is valued over the individual, as a core inspiration behind the music of Monotronic. He describes Monotronic as “a concept, whereby each instrument can be heard as a continuation of the other and the music sounds as one distinct whole, emanating from a single source”.