Korea Town Acid: The ‘Ransom Note’ Mix


Korea Town Acid is the moniker of Jessica Cho; an outlet for her multi-faceted work which draws on her classically trained background but with a futuristic and experimental outlook.

Born in Seoul and now based in Toronto, KTA’s entry into music came early when her mother signed her up for piano lessons. Her movements in electronic music came much later, though these formative skills still remain intact, helping her to carve out a distinctive sound that pulls from jungle, glitch, future bass, alternative hip hop and IDM.

These tastes ring through her DJ sets and radio shows too. You can hear her soundtracking the airwaves each month on The Lot Radio, as well as via her new monthly transmission on HKCR called ‘Coping Mechanisms’ which hones in on abstract and experimental sounds.

With a mini LP under her belt for Cosmic Resonance back in 2018, she’s recently levelled up for her debut full length ‘Metamorphosis‘, so we felt there was no better time to invite her to bring the goods for this week’s Ransom Note mix…

Who are you, where are you and what are you…

Korea Town Acid, Seoul-born, Toronto-based Producer and Deejay and Radio show host at The Lot Radio and HKCR.

What does your music sound like? 

Experimental electronic rhythms that perpetuate moody, textures, ambience, abstract, unpredictable and trippy at times.

Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)

Where was the mix recorded?

Home studio In Toronto while locked down.

What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?

Anywhere as long as you are ready to be engaged. (Home, Park, Grocery stores, drive, casual low key dance vibe etc)

What should we be wearing?

Outfit that makes you feel like yourself and can be exciting. For me it’s a BUCKET HAT…

What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?

Baekyangsa Temple in South Korea with drone cameras along with firefig during sunset.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Nia – Stolen Velour; Impressive high energy for club octagon.

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

Fact Mix 358 JETS. Love the synergy between the two producers. 

If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?

Recently I have noticed DJ Elena Colombi, she has the unique experimental sound that I gravitate towards.

What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?

Traktor software and controller on Mac Book Pro to CDJ and vinyl. 

I embrace all technology and options.

What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?

Every track matters 🙂 Just play tracks that deeply resonate.

What were the first and last records you bought?

First record: Daft Punk – Discovery from HMV

Last record: Received Henry Wu x K15 from a friend 

If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?

Canele: Flavoured with rum and vanilla with a soft and tender custard center and a dark thick caramelized crust.

If it was an animal what would it be?

Parrots. Colorful and vibrant and has the ability to fly.

One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?

Majority of my collection of records is for listening rather than mixing.

Anything else we need to discuss?

Looking forward to dropping new music soon.

L Foot, Right – dreamcastmoe
You Know How I Feel – Kyle Hall
Time – Stephan Ringer
Transition – David Agrella 
Slip On Ice – Two Tone Shape
Jasmine’s Dream – DREAMSCAPE
Found It – Pinty
Get Your Sweat On – Breaka 
Geminids- Design Default
Future Tek – East Man
Nia – Stolen Velour
Weak Lips- Nasty King Kurl
Alpha Wheel – Lone
Ari Dub – Kush Jones
Come In – Visionist

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