Released on Cassette Tape. Sold Out.
Tokayo is a duo comprised of Versis and Swarvy.
Brought together by the trailblazing MNDSGN & a collaboration with Virginia’s T. Hemingway, Tokayo's debut effort is laced with seeds of their favorite things: existential humor, universal truths & of course, their love of music. In true hip-hop form, Tokayo flipped the Spanish term "tocayo"--meaning "namesake" or “friend"--as a testament to their values of brotherhood and community. Produced entirely by SWARVY, this self-titled offering is a proper orientation into the magic of the sonic space surrounding Tokayo's initial recording sessions.
B.Cool-Aid - BRWN
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B.Cool-Aid is a duo made up of Ahwlee and Pink Siifu.
"we made this project for BRWN skin. to show appreciation, admiration, to embrace, and to understand a new perspective of what we all have seen, lived, or been raised up under. this is a mixture of all rooted flavors from diff blocks, going back to the roots of accession.BRWN." - Pink Siifu
Produced by Ahwlee and written by Pink Siifu. Track 10 features poet Akeema Zane.
Photography by Jack McKain
Layout by Shane Sakanoi
Rocket Science - Joyce Wrice & Kay Franklin
Produced by Mndsgn
Art Direction by Alima Jennings
Typography by Hans Jørgen Wærner
Photography by Sara Ekua Todd & Alima Jennings
Joyce Wrice & Kay Franklin align astral bodies for long awaited double single Rocket Science on the A-side and Playpretend on the B-side. Both pieces produced and arranged by Akashik Record’s co-founder & Stones Throw artist Mndsgn. The project leads in with Rocket Science, a cosmic love statement seemingly perceived from within a lucid dream. On the B-Side is Play Pretend, a downtempo boogie anthem portraying the games played in the finding of a new love. Written over a year ago, this 2 track release will take you through a landscape of feels, yet leaving you yearning for more from these emerging visionaries.
It’s quite the mystery how L.A. born, sonic visionary, Kay Franklin, has slipped through the cracks over the years. His artistry is nothing short of enigmatic as he is heard producing, singing, songwriting, rapping, or even playing sax over his own original material. Having grown up in the studio watching his grandfather, John Barnes, work alongside Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Billy Griffin & more, or even watching his uncle, LA Jay, produce sounds for the legendary Pharcyde, it’s no wonder Kay has felt compelled to craft a lane of his own.
Joyce Wrice retains a similar musical sentiment that pays strong homage to R&B predecessors of the sultry 90s. It wasn’t until her transplant to L.A. in 2014 she began to collaborate with Kay Franklin and Mndsgn. Joyce’s debut EP “Stay Around”, released in May 2016, was just the beginning of a slate of new projects set to release in the near future.
Akasha - Nanna.B & Mndsgn
Explore Akasha. Imagine, lying dormant within the depths of our consciousness, a place; a library of sorts - an archive where it's made possible to recall past lives, loves and experience. Does the fabric of creation reveal its mysteries within the very essence of experience? Who would've thought these things were being recorded? Perhaps we can consciously access the Akashik Records from wherever we are to navigate where we're going.
Vivians - Vivians
Vivians is Mndsgn and Koreatown Oddity. Featured artists: Jonwayne as Uncle Trill, Quelle Chris, Zeroh and Nanna B. This is the first release from Akashik Records.