mndsgn Body Wash (double LP, £27.50)label: Stones Throw
Mndsgn (pronounced Mind Design), born Ringgo Ancheta grew up in south New Jersey raised with Gospel music at church, B-Boy culture, and his older sisters’ favourite artists like SWV, TLC, Brandy, Monica, and Mariah Carey. Experimenting with beat-making in his teen years, he befriended fellow Stones Throw label-mate Knxwledge and the two formed the influential Klipmode collective along with Devonwho and Suzi Analogue. Mndsgn’s music flourished when he moved to Los Angeles, quickly catching the attention of Stones Throw who released Yawn Zen, an LP of complex, introspective beat creations. Mndsgn then toured the globe, co-found Akashik Records & Tapes, and provided the beat for “Sweeny Song”, a high profile collaboration with underground rap superstar Danny Brown. With a hectic year behind him, Mndsgn began work on his sophomore LP, Body Wash. Body Wash is a full set of realised songs that were only hinted at on Yawn Zen. Influences here include the likes of early SOLAR records material, Leon Sylvers III, Kashif and Dave Grusin—artists that Mndsgn says “really embodied that potent feeling in the early 80s boogie/funk/soul/jazz/fusion wave.” He adds, “I was also digging back into some early 90s R&B sounds and started really imagining what it would be like if I had mashed the two eras together.” This mashup works magically, a clean synthesis of anthems (“Cosmic Perspective”), romantic reflections (“Ya Own Way” and “Guess It’s All Over”) and Mndsgn’s R&B proclivities (“Lather” and “Vague// Recalibrate”). The artist explains Body Wash as “a soul record that plays with nostalgic elements in a very dynamic & positive way. Think about it as a box of crayons for you to draw emotions with.” TRACKLIST: 1. Overture, 2. Cosmic Perspective, 3. Tha Origin (Interlude), 4. Alluptoyou, 5. Ya Own Way, 6. Use Ya Mnd(Twentyfourseven), 7. Enter Her Abode (Interlude), 8. Vague//Recalibrate, 9. Transmissionnn, 10. Prelude 2 Purification, 11. Lather, 12. Where Ever U R, 13. Searchin I (4 That Familiar Feelin), 14. Searchin II (4 Sumthn New), 15. Searchin III (4 Nothin Else), 16. Guess It’s All Over.
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