Don’t Sleep | mndsgn. – Snaxx

Don’t sleep on the new mndsgn. album that came out on April 26th this year. This was my first time listening to a mndsgn. album. I became familiar with him after hearing some of his work with guys like Kill Bill, Rav, SiR, and Quelle Chris. This is mostly an instrumental project, and if you know me you know that I’m not great at talking about production. Basically, all I have to say is that this shit is really good. One thing I really like about it is its brevity. I don’t like when instrumental songs are too long. I prefer when producers go the Donuts route, and just give us loops for about a minute and a half before moving onto the next one. If you’re gonna make an instrumental track long, it better have some variation. I don’t wanna be stuck listening to the same loop for three minutes. There are 14 tracks on this project, and the whole thing is under 30 minutes, which I appreciate. He kept it short and sweet. There are three featured artists on this album. The first one is Jon Bap, who sings on Chips. It kinda reminds me of some of the older shit FlyLo did with people like Laura Darlington or Andreya Triana. It’s definitely not a standout track by any means, but I still enjoyed it. I think the track with Asal Hazel is a lot better. She sounds really good over that beat. The song is short as hell, so it doesn’t really go anywhere. It’s still really good though. The final track features Pink Siifu. He’s definitely my favorite featured artist on the album. He fits really well over mndsgn.’s laidback production. His rapping is dope, and I like his singing too. Anyway, I love the way this album starts. The first couple tracks are two of my favorite songs on the album. The beats are really calm and relaxing, especially the first one, which doesn’t even have any percussion. Hydration Station is another standout for me. Deviled Eggs was the first song I heard from this album, and it’s probably my favorite track. It’s between that and the next song, Cashoos. I really love the outro to Deviled Eggs a lot. I love the strings that come in after about 38 seconds on Cashoos though. Tracks 10 through 12 are definitely less impressive to me than a lot of the other beats on the album, but I still like them. There aren’t really any tracks on the album that I don’t like. I think it’s a really great project overall. Check it out. I’m glad that I did.

Favorite Song: Cashoos
Least Favorite Song: Unnecessary

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