Stones Throw Records signee Mndsgn is a hip hop artist/producer with a story that would easily make an engrossing movie. His parents, both from the Philippines, were members of a cult that they chose to flee from back in the 80s when it began to engage in terrorist activity. The US, rural New Jersey, to be precise, offered asylum to the pair and these backwater surroundings are where Ringgo Ancheta began his journey to the world of music, literally. He was out hitchhiking to Philadelphia when he met the man who introduced him to a sampler, and with time, after mastering this device, he set out to L.A. to begin life as an artist. It’s here that he hooked up with Stones Throw Records. With them he produced his first album, ‘Yawn Zen‘, in 2014. Right from the opening track of this instrumental offering you knew you were in for more than just a bunch of rap tracks. The 12 cuts covered a spectrum of emotions from nostalgia and homesickness to nature-inspired serenity using an unlikely melange of trip hop, hip hop and subtle oriental touches.
A year later Mndsgn offered his growing fan base ‘Surface Outtakes‘ which was a lot moodier and more experimental than his debut. In tracks like ‘Eggs’ he introduced a retro element his listeners hadn’t heard from him before, at least not that prominently. And if the single ‘Use Ya Mnd (Twentyfourseven)’ is anything to go by, it’s a creative avenue the beatsmith is looking to explore further in his latest project. The first thing you will notice is those soft keyboard chords reminiscent of songs like Peabo Bryson’s ‘Good Combination’. There is also programmed percussion to emulate the R&B hits of the 80s. Your mind is then sent meandering into a forest of delicately woven piano notes. I know I’m not the only one who thinks the song ends too soon. Good thing there’s an album, ‘Body Wash’ to look forward to. This new 16-track project will be out September 16 but you can pre-order it here.
Miami Based, Internationally Known