MNDSGN is a Los Angeles based Filipino/American producer on the very eclectic Stones Throw roster. While his work has a lot of the dreamy elements which have become synonymous with living and creating in LA, he delves a little deeper into darkness than many of his peers. On top of this, there is a decidedly bouncy sway to much of his output. Yawn Zen will wake you up, then rock you back into a dreamy slumber.
Missing all my Cali shooters. #YUP
Widely regarded as one of the best lyricists under 25, Earl Sweatshirt’s participation in the rap game is equal parts unwavering, and low-key.
Since his return to music in 2012, Earl has carved out a lane all his own. His lyrics are terrifyingly honest, introspective, and while often dark, there is always an underlying glimmer of hope which seems to reveal itself through Earl’s stark awareness of his own potential.
His latest release, Grief continues in a similar vein to work from his last album, Doris. The haunting, slow, and lo-fi production paired with his dense, frenzied raps is the perfect marriage. This is the leading single from his upcoming album, I DON’T LIKE SH*T, I DON’T GO OUTSIDE, dropping next week.
The black and white video, [presumably] filmed on a thermal imaging camera, picks up on heat rather than light. It depicts a troubled Earl gliding through various scenes, people at every turn but unable to shake the overwhelming feeling of loneliness and isolation.
Check the track list below, and pre-order the album here:
5. Off Top
6. Grown Ups [ft. Dash]
7. AM // Radio [ft. Wiki]
9. Dna [ft. Na’kel]
10. Wool [ft. Vince Staples]
Two of my favourites are back at it with the fire for BBC Radio 1’s Thursday night residencies. In this recent run, Flying Lotus takes us through an insane mix including Thom Yorke, Bjork, Aphex Twin, and Portishead, and even has a special guest on the air – fellow LA producer Gaslamp Killer.
Montreal’s Kaytranada serves up some greatness – Shalamar, Kali Uchis, Mac Demarco, The Isley Brothers, and Knxwledge.
Listen to the full shows here.