The old music biz adage that it takes about a decade to become an overnight success may be something of a cliche at this point, but hey, some things are cliches simply because they’re the truth. Case in point: the world as a whole may just now be starting to get more familiar with the work of Los Angeles-based producer/artist Amanda Warner’s MNDR project, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been busy the last few years.
MNDR makes music that has one foot in the retro ’80s and another in the future, channeling sounds that are at once both nostalgic and electro futuristic. The music is cool and detached, yet somehow also feels as though painful and real emotions run beneath it. If you’re into artists like Santigold and Goldfrapp, MNDR might be your cup of tea.
Though Warner first started working in the industry via some behind-the-scenes jobs with bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, most people likely first heard MNDR when she and her studio partner/producer Peter Wade collaborated with UK producer Mark Ronson on “Bang Bang Bang,” the lead single off his 2010 album, Record Collection. That’s Warner on vocals (alongside Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest):
2012 saw the release of MNDR’s album Feed Me Diamonds on Ultra Records. That record’s title track got the music video treatment, featuring drag queen Raven, who was also a contestant on reality television show RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Never afraid to collaborate with a diverse cast of characters, MNDR was recently featured on Welcome to Los Santos, the compilation record inspired by Grand Theft Auto V and produced entirely by hip-hop beatsmiths The Alchemist and Oh No. The song “Lock & Load” features Warner and Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike:
With a new record in the works and collaborations with artists such as Charli XCX, Tokimonsta, Kelly Rowland, and Rita Ora on the way, it seems like an inevitability that MNDR will soon be a household name. But until that time comes, she has plenty of archived material for curious listeners to check out so that they can be well-versed in the artist that the world will soon erroneously identify as “new.”
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