It’s no secret that LA is a hub for musical talent! Artists of exceptional skill and of an entirely progressive nature have emerged from the cities left-field beat scene and have achieved worldwide underground renown.

LA-based Mndsgn (pronounced Mind Design) is one such artist. A recent signing of the seminal imprint Stones Throw Records, he’s a perfect fit for the experimental arm of the label. Mndsgn creates psychedelic, instrumental hip-hop; his music incorporates the influence not only of artists such as label mate J.Dilla but also post-dubstep and even electronic elements of shoe gaze.

Mndsgn has an unusually tranquil and spacey style in comparison to the rest of his scene, a style he describes as ‘dirty soul vibes’. His debut Stones Throw LP ‘Yawn Zen’ released over the summer (August 2014) is a mostly instrumental album that explores the state of bliss, Mndsgn says: "I've allowed myself to study the absence of daily struggle and its effects, and began to subconsciously paint that vibe in the music. ‘Yawn Zen’ comes from a very neutral place that we, sometimes, are too busy to realize is there."

Looking outside Mndsgn’s musical history, he’s an artist that’s certainly had an interesting upbringing. The fact he was raised on the outskirts of a New Jersey commune isn’t even the half of it. Both of Mndsgn’s parents were given political asylum in the US, this as a result of their membership with the Philippine arm of the Aum Supreme Truth Cult and their escaping the group down to its venture into terrorist activity.  

Mndsgn’s music has been supported by a number of eminent media publications and online entities including: XLR8R, The Skinny, Red Bull Music and Boiler Room – Mndsgn has a monthly Boiler Room netcast, ‘Breakfast with Ringgo’. He has played at a number of renowned club-nights including Low End Theory and a forthcoming Stussy x Stones Throw Japan tour will see Mndsgn heading to the far-east with label mates Knxwledge and Pyramid Vritra - Mndsgn will be performing a special set (beats, keys, vocals). Mndsgn is a versatile artist and his richly textured releases are essential to get familiar with!