Mndsgn

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Mndsgn
Mndsgn and DJs.jpg
CE17 – Nightline 27/04: Mndsgn & DJs Sofie and Andaka
Background information
Birth nameRinggo Ancheta
BornSan Diego, California, U.S.
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)musician
Years active2009–present
Labels
Websitemndsgn.bandcamp.com

Ringgo Ancheta, better known by his stage name Mndsgn (pronounced "mind design"),[1] is an American record producer and singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California.[2]

Biography[edit]

Mndsgn was born Ringgo Ancheta in San Diego, California and was raised in New Jersey.[3] He is the youngest of four in a family of Filipino descent.[3] His mother was a nurse and his father was a Navy man.[4] He learned to play organ before his older brother introduced him to rap music and beat production at a pivotal age.[4]

In 2008, platforms like Myspace and AIM messenger connected Mndsgn with beatmakers Knxwledge, Suzi Analogue and devonwho to form Klipm0de. The collective played and released beat tapes through Bandcamp. Ancheta relocated to Los Angeles in 2011 and self-released beat tapes as well as a few projects distributed by labels Leaving and Fresh Selects, and regularly performed at local hubs such as Low End Theory.

In 2013, Mndsgn collaborated with Danny Brown on "Sweeney Song," which appeared on Classic Drug References Vol. 1.[5] His first solo studio album for Stones Throw Records, titled Yawn Zen, was released in 2014.[6] He followed up with Body Wash in 2016, an album that drew heavily on ‘80s R&B and boogie which Vinyl Me, Please cited as one of "The 10 Best Stones Throw Albums To Own On Vinyl",[7] before releasing raw, mixtape-style records Snax and Snaxx in 2018 and 2019, the latter which Clash called "an instant classic" and "everything we’ve come to expect and more, from the San Diego beat maker".[8]

In March 2021, Mndsgn announced his third studio album for Stones Throw Records, Rare Pleasure. Inspired by R&B, soundtrack music, psychedelia and jazz,[9] Rare Pleasure features Kiefer (musician), Swarvy, Carlos Niño, Fousheé, Devin Morrison, Anna Wise and more. Rare Pleasure was released in June 2021 on Stones Throw Records.

In addition to his solo work, Mndsgn co-wrote and produced Prophet’s 2018 album, Wanna Be Your Man, and Peach Fuzz with Tyler, the Creator.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Breatharian (2013)
  • Yawn Zen (2014)
  • Vivians (2015) (with The Koreatown Oddity, as Vivians)
  • Body Wash (2017)
  • Snax (2018)
  • Snaxx (2019)
  • Forever in Your Sun (2020) (with Lionmilk)
  • Rare Pleasure (2021)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Funraiser Vol. 2: Skrayons (2009)
  • Episodes (2010) (with Devonwho)
  • A Rap Vacation X-Mas (2013) (with Ahwlee)
  • Gonna B OK (2020)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Frugal Earth (2013)
  • Frugal Earth Vol. Two (2013)

EPs[edit]

  • 3P (2009)
  • Lights & Tunnels (2009)
  • Statik Mumblin (2011)
  • No Maps (2011)
  • Daypass (2011)
  • Feels (2012)
  • Oblique Kitchn (2012)
  • Bed (2013)
  • Inedia (2014)
  • Surface Outtakes (2014)

Singles[edit]

  • "Flybutter" (2010)
  • "Walter Rand Center of Transportation" (2010)
  • "Cold Crush" (2016) (with Kirkis)
  • "Deviled Eggs" (2019)
  • "Sumdim" (2019)
  • "Hope You're Doin' Better" (2021)
  • "Slowdance" (2021)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Devonwho - "Spaghettiisland" from Funraiser Vol. 1: Thumbtracks (2009)
  • Sir Froderick - "Dodooonshoe Pt. 7" from Reconnecting! (2011)
  • Jonwayne - "Featuring Mndsgn" from Bowser (2011)
  • Sir Froderick - "Cilantro" from The Brief Wondrous (2012)
  • Swarvy - "Pebbles", "Tooth", and "Sigh" from Trillian (2012)
  • Jonwayne - "Neckbrokeblues" from Oodles of Doodles (2012)
  • Sir Froderick - "After" from Consolidate (2013)
  • Jonwayne - "Sandals" from Rap Album One (2013)
  • Johnah Levine Collective - "Zootcase" from Attention Deficit (2017)
  • Chai - "In Pink" from Wink (2021)[10]

Productions[edit]

  • Suzi Analogue - "Son" from World. Excerpts 1–9 (2009)
  • Suzi Analogue - "Quarter Inches (Brain Waverlude)" from Nnxtape (2010)
  • Danny Brown - "Sweeney Song" from Classic Drug References, Vol. 1 (2013)
  • Jonwayne - "Altitude" from Cassette 3: The Marion Morrison Mixtape (2013)
  • Ivan Ave - Low Jams (2014)
  • Doja Cat - "Nunchucks" from Purrr! (2014)
  • Pyramid Vritra - "224" from PV4 (2015)
  • Ivan Ave - Helping Hands (2016)
  • Asal Hazel - "Usayudo" (2017)
  • Ill Camille - "Almost There" from Heirloom (2017)
  • Quelle Chris - "Popeye" from Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often (2017)
  • Asal Hazel - "UTMT", "Royal Interlude", and "Make Love" from Like Water (2018)
  • Prophet - Wanna Be Your Man (2018)
  • Tyler, The Creator - "Peach Fuzz" (2018)
  • SiR - "War" from November (2018)
  • Fatima - "Dang" from And Yet It's All Love (2018)
  • M.E.D. and Guilty Simpson - "Pie" from Child of the Jungle (2019)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sharp, Elliott (September 9, 2014). "Mndsgn - 'Sheets' Video Premiere and Interview". Red Bull. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Dandridge-Lemco, Ben (September 16, 2016). "Watch Mndsgn's "Wherever U R" Video". The Fader. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Mndsgn - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Bakkalapulo, Maria (June 23, 2017). "Mndsgn Delivers '80s-Inspired Hip-Hop to Floyd Miami". Miami New Times. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  5. ^ Minsker, Evan (November 20, 2013). "Listen: Danny Brown and MNDSGN: "Sweeney Song"". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  6. ^ Gieben, Bram E. (August 12, 2014). "Mndsgn – Yawn Zen". The Skinny. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  7. ^ Fairfax, Jesse (August 17, 2018). "The 10 Best Stones Throw Albums To Own On Vinyl". Vinyl Me, Please. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  8. ^ Music, Clash (June 14, 2019). "Mndsgn - Snaxx". Clash. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  9. ^ Throw, Stones (April 14, 2021). "Mndsgn - Rare Pleasure". Stones Throw Records. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  10. ^ "CHAIの2年ぶり新アルバムは「WINK」リック・ウィルソン、マインドデザイン、YMCKがゲスト参加" (in Japanese). Natalie. January 19, 2021. Retrieved January 19, 2021.

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