Los Angeles-via-Philadelphia beatsmith Mndsgn is, if nothing else, a meticulously on-point arranger. The producer has always preferred the waiting game, knowing when to drop certain elements alongside his soft pad work and relentless low-end for the biggest impact. After a couple of years holding it down semi-annually at L.A.'s bass haven The Low End Theory, it was only a matter of time before Mndsgn ran into up and comer Elos, a 24-year-old riser that's been gradually sliding into L.A.'s minimal beat scene on the quiet. Ahead of his second LP for the increasingly beat-focused Alpha Pup, Elos farmed out the track "Fall Light" to Mndsgn, and it's a subtle, beautiful thing. Mndsgn, over the course of a quick two minutes, transforms a stumbling beat into a shambling bit of ghostly footwork, gradually letting the tune's disparate pieces-- piano, bells, Japanese whistles, and a ranting vocal sample-- slide out of place.
Kid Him is out August 27 on Alpha Pup.