LA based producer Mndsgn (pronounce Mind Design) returns to his natural home of Stones Throw for his latest double LP. Think a slowed and even warmer Toro Y Moi, thick and groovy basslines, warm pads, pianos, near synthetic vocals with heavy downtrodden beats, and smokey shimmerings every. R’n’B slowed to a halt.
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I've delayed my lunch while I listen to this so I'm hoping great things come from it (the record not the lunch but I have high hopes for that too). Mndsgn is the sort of geek who sat at home trying to recreate his sisters R&B records and has come up with somehow come up with a warped yet accessible take on soul music. It's full of warm pads, Stevie Wonder synth squiggles, burbling basslines and Mndsgn's own laid back vocal delivery. What results is something between the song based confection of Toro Y Moi and the more out there jazz inflected jams of Flying Lotus.
Everything has that warm West Coast spin to it but on 'Alluptoyou' it gets thrillingly seductive. This jam moves slow, a sultry summer twirl around a heat hazed back street at dusk, anticipating the night ahead. Amongst the sixteen tracks there are plenty of between song wanderings so the album has the sprawling feel of those rambling things on Brainfeeder. Of these there are some total delights such as the Prefuse 73 drift of 'Enter Her Abode' but there's plenty of pure pop tones too albeit with a wobble. It's the sound of R & B being dragged to a halt, a stoned, outrageously hazy take on the genre which also throws slo-mo hip-hop, Kam Wash style jazz and Prince's sex obsessed strut.
A total delight. Might sound better in the summer though so buy now in anticipation.
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