First Thoughts: Moodyman – Sinner

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It’s always a joy to hear new music from Moodyman, a genuine Detroit legend who has always given his time to developing his craft with only classic albums. Having been nearly 5 years since his last studio album self-titled, Moodyman, there was much anticipation but also, some confusion around his latest project. With a number of online sites hinting it was ‘coming soon ’ long before the release date, and then later being taken off the website.

Tilted ‘Sinner’, Moodyman in 7 tracks encapsulates an incredibly authentic blend of Detroit deep house, soul, and funk, making use of cleverly arranged samples to reveal more about him within each track. I’ll Provide’ opens with a confusingly menacing patient build around Moodyman’s distorted voice, which eventually evolves with the beats developing in tempo around his voice.

Following, ‘I’ll Think of Saturday’ is the only single Moodyman released prior to this album towards the end of last year titled – ‘Got Me Coming back’. Starting off steady, the eerie unexpected break down within minutes into the track brilliantly ignites your attention and allows for the accompanying elements to stand out more.

If I Gave You My love’ and stand out track ‘Downtown’ turn to more soulful old school jazz and funk feel. ‘If I Gave You My Love’ has a hazy wistful slow build, which alongside the gentle ringing piano and indistinct looped vocals, create a lullaby feel to the track. ‘Downtown’ almost feels like two tracks in one, with the first half feeling like the start of an exciting jazz tune, but the addition of the funky bassline in sync with the piano chords lifting the track to another level.

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First Thoughts: Mndsgn – Snaxx

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Coming out of LA based independent label – Stones Throw Records, is the ever diligent creative – Mndsgn aka Ringgo Ancheta. Snaxx marks Mndsgn’s fourth studio album to have come out of Stones Throw Records. The concept and ambitions for Snaxx were built on ‘not wanting to let unreleased tracks wither and die on his hard drive’, he mentions.

Mndsgn has always had his hands on the pulse for the Hip Hop styled beats, but he’s never been shy to include other influences. His 2014 debut Yawn Zen’s dreamy atmospheres and languid beats felt ambient, even psychedelic, and 2016’s Body Wash took a different approach entirely, repurposing influences from 1970s and 1980s boogie and R&B into a conceptual, cosmic epic.

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The development between each track fit together coherently like one long wistful journey through Mndsgn’s influences. As the album begins with the first four tracks following one another in quick succession the tempo is quickened in the 5th track – ‘Browneez’. The quick drum pattern carries the energy throughout the track, whilst the ethereal harmonic tones from the synthesised keys, and warm electric guitar sounding melody line are given room to stand out. ‘Cashoos’ seems to work as an interlude for the album, with it being a shorter, and swift change of pace to the previous tracks. The soothing harmonised vocal lines steal the track, with only very gentle beats supporting the vocals.

The silky transition between tracks towards the end of the album from ‘Browneez’ to ‘Ggardenn’ include a couple uplifting vocal performances. Jon Bap’s soulful vocal display simply melts along the resonating keyboard chords, whilst, Asal Hazel’s tender harsh vocals bless the following track – ‘Snaxx with U’. A truly brilliant album with Hip Hop at its core, but with the accompanying cleverly placed samples surrounding the beats bringing the album to life.

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