After a little hiatus with travels, life adjustments and raising a dog I finally got back into the podcast realm of things and invited MNDSGN to swing through. His latest release entitled Yawn Zen is out now on Stones Throw and has been getting lots of love on my KCRW show. His ability to create lush sounds and vibes make it that perfect zone out soundtrack during my late night hours. I wanted to get to know his hustle and path towards his current state. We talk about that leap of faith when leaving your 9-5 at Guitar Center, his sibling’s appreciation for TLC, his upcoming gig in LA this Thursday with Teebs as part of the Gaslamp Killer show at The Mayan and his travels to South Africa the following week. Well deserved results after years of bouncing around and getting his footing in place. Hope you enjoy this week’s podcast. You can also check the archives for previous episodes.
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“ALL EARS” SCREENING | 3 AUGUST 2013
Hope to see you there LA! I wish I could catch all these night’s and dj sets. Get your tix here.
All Ears is a documentary focusing on the Los Angeles instrumental Beat scene.
The L.A. community is often cited as the epicenter and origin of a worldwide movement and the documentary offers an insight into the open minds and ears of the producers behind the beats (dak, Ras G, Sacred, Kutmah, Dibia$e, House Shoes, DJ Nobody & many more).
All Ears looks at the network of record labels, collectives and events that have formed a united community continually growing and diversifying by the day. Madlib and the late J Dilla are the two most notable influences whose great impact is heavily reflected upon within the documentary.
“The last 10-20 years has been the age of the emcee, now it’s the era of the producer. Like Q-Tip said everything moves in cycles.”- Computer Jay
FRIDAY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SCREENINGS WITH SHOWS AFTER:
FRIDAY: NOBODY + JEREMY SOLE
SATURDAY: ANTHONY VALADEZ + COMPUTER JAY
SUNDAY: HOUSE SHOES + SOUNDFOUNDER
These cuts sound a bit dated compared to his new work. When I say “dated” I don’t mean that in a sour way, but rather more mellow nu disco where as his latest release is a silky sexy mix of 80’s synth soul as if Al B Sure worked on track, put it away and it now just saw the day of light. Phil Gerus hails from Moscow. Fusing mellow beats over low fi drum and synths that are straight out of the opening credits of an 80’s flick. Vocals sound like samples but man this is some heat! Unfortunately I cant find any new videos but this is a great intro into his sound. You can check out more of his sounds here.
You can also hear him on this past Monday’s KCRW show. Take a listen.