1. MNDSGN: 5 Records That Changed My Life.


    While his life story so far has all the elements of a declassified government file on some shadowy political figure (i.e., cults, terrorism, and neuroscience) , Ringgo Ancheta , better known as MNDSGN , is in fact, an artist emerging out of Los Angeles (by way of the East Coast) who is marching to the beat of his own machine. His music is equipped with a soothing quality not readily identifiable with instrumental mechanisms and he's shown a penchant for strange humor in his lo-fi video clip for "Eggs." Now before the release of his debut album Yawn Zen on August 26 on Stones Throw , we stop to take a gander at where MNDSGN has been in order to get a glimpse of where he's going.


    Wu-Tang Clan — Wu-Tang Forever (Loud, 1997)

    The double cassette might've been the first tape I ever owned when I was about 7 years old. One of the kids in the neighborhood would always bump "Triumph" when he would show off his stereo system. Needless to say, I never cared about his system, but I knew the next move was to get my hands on the music. Although I wasn't able to really soak in all of the lyrical content at that age, the beats and flows were still undeniable to me.

    Radiohead — Kid A (Parlophone, 2000)

    In high school, I came across this random b-boy video that had "Karma Police" playing in the background. I was hella confused but I was diggin the track so I did some research and found OK Computer . I had that on rotation for a minute, but it wasn't till I came up on Kid A that my young mnd was blown. This record perfectly embodies the headspace I was in during my mid-late teens/early twenties.

    D'Angelo — Voodoo (Virgin, 2000)

    This is hands down, in my opinion, one of the most solid pieces of work as far as soul music goes in my generation. Everything from the arrangements, vocal harmonies, engineering, etc. blew me away. You can really feel how much everyone cared in the production process. I still bump this.

    Slum Village – Fantastic, Vol. 2 (GoodVibe, 2000)

    Had to include something Dilla related in here. Needless to say, this is one of many other masterpieces that changed the way I percieved not only Hip Hop music, but just music in general. This record also had the illest cameos (Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Kurupt, Pete Rock, Common..). Timeless beats, raps, sound quality.... Straight superhero shit to a young Mnd.

    Marvin Gaye — I Want You (Tamla, 1976)

    Some of the most magical, sexiest, timeless grooves of all time. I remember this being one of the first records that taught me the importance of leaving some things untouched (althought I still sampled — haha ). It's been a while since I've revisited, but remains one of my all time classic soul records.

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