The whole of 2014, Monika worked on her songs and her sound, and shaped what was to become Secret in the Dark (Released Oct 2015 on Other Music Recording Co.). Recorded at Steinweiss and Brenneck’s Dunham Sound Studios in Brooklyn, with Homer producing, Brenneck recording, and a band that included most of the Menahan Street Band, and various members of the Dap-Kings, Antibalas, and others from the Daptone family, the album puts Monika’s incredible voice and talents as a songwriter and performer into a completely new context, and also pushes Homer and the band in directions they have rarely explored before. A mix of organic ’70s-styled leftfield disco, ’80s art-pop, and much more, Secret in the Dark is a distinctly New York album with a breezy Mediterranean heart. It’s soulful, arty, and a ton of fun — a dance record that is much more than that, and will serve as the introduction to the world of the amazing artist and personality that is Monika.

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