Mndsgn (Mindesign) – Body Wash

Stones Throw

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Instrumentals + Black Grooves + Beat Art + Broken Beats / Headz + Hip Hop / Rap
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Mndsgn (Mindesign) - Body Wash
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Mndsgn (born Ringgo Ancheta) grew up in south New Jersey, raised with Gospel music at church and B-Boy culture at home. Experimenting with beat-making, he befriended fellow producer 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, catching the attention of Stones Throw, who released Yawn Zen in 2014, an LP of introspective and mostly instrumental beat creations, punctuated by vocal cuts. 

Body Wash is his second album for Stones Throw, 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. These artists, Mndsgn says, "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." He 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."

The album was built around a backstory, a loose narrative thread through which he could filter his unformed ideas. In the narrative, a homeless man encounters a mysterious woman who gives him shelter. She instructs him to bathe with a very peculiar body wash. As he soaks and sinks deeper in a thick lather of this unknown solution, the man finds himself transported to an alternate dimension. Mndsgn describes the story as a vessel "that would allow me to speak on topics that were universally relatable… The story actually became a true outlet for me to address worldly issues with Self." The resulting album also represents a dynamic step forward in songwriting. Without explicitly relating its plot or characters, the album as a whole turns on the story's key theme, the psychedelic, transformative power of love.

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A1. OvertureMndsgn
A2. Cosmic PerspectiveMndsgn
A3. Tha Origin (Interlude)Mndsgn
A4. AlluptoyouMndsgn
B1. Ya Own WayMndsgn
B2. Use Ya Mnd (Twentyfourseven)Mndsgn
B3. Enter Her Abode (Interlude)Mndsgn
B4. Vague//RecalibrateMndsgn
C1. TransmissionnnMndsgn
C2. Prelude 2 PurificationMndsgn
C3. LatherMndsgn
C4. Where Ever U RMndsgn
D1. Searchin I (4 That Familiar F...Mndsgn
D2. Searchin II (4 Sumthn New)Mndsgn
D3. Searchin III (4 Nothin Else)Mndsgn
D4. Guess It’s All OverMndsgn
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