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Stones Throw Records

Mndsgn ‎– Body Wash

$45.00

Stones Throw Records

Mndsgn ‎– Body Wash

$45.00

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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 (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 realized 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. – Press Release

“The album itself is a throwback to the sounds of the ‘80s. Mndsgn has distilled the soul funk from the early part of the decade and skimmed off the best bits. First single “Cosmic Perspective” sets the template for the rest of the album. Similar to the rest of the album he eschews traditional hip-hop beats for more woozy soul and funk sounds all laced with a healthy dose of psychedelia. Stevie Wonder style ‘70s synths bubble to the surface while spacey funk grooves guide you along the astral path. It jumps between styles and genres displaying a huge range of influences. In a way it is a bit like a Jackson Pollock painting in that it may seem haphazard but is actually meticulously and painstakingly thought out.

Mndsgn is working from a clear sonic template but blends subtle embellishments to elevate the songs. “Alluptoyou” adds some slap bass to the customary woozy, hypnotic synths. “Ya Own Way” establishes itself with a classic ‘80s funk riff before giving way to more cosmic synths. Both songs are built on funky bass lines that owe more than a little to the pioneering rhythm sections of Parliament or Earth, Wind and Fire. “Vague Recalibrate” sees his dreamy vocals enrich the mind-bending psychedelic swirl with a plea for a need to seek some deeper enlightenment. Mndsgn also supplements his carefully constructed beats with live instrumentation that leap out like lights through the fog. “Use Your Mind” adds a classic Jazz piano interlude while “Guess It’s All Over” sees his Austrian girlfriend weave in some stunning viola playing. In effect this makes the music more relatable rather than unapproachably enigmatic.” – Popmatters

Item description:

Artist:

Mndsgn

Title:

Body Wash

Label:

Stones Throw Records

Format:

2 × Vinyl, LP, Album

Pressing:

USA

Release Date:

2016

Genre:

Electronica, Funk / Soul

Style:

Downtempo, Contemporary R&B

Catalog No:

STH2372

Condition:

New