reginald omas mamode iv has a terrific track record thus far. since delivering his debut 12inch back in 2013, hes barely put a foot wrong, with last years intimate friends released mini-album, all together, being a particular highlight. this debut full-length is every bit as impressive as youd expect, with the peckham producer relying a little less on dusty samples, and rather more on loose, live drums, rubbery bass guitar, dreamy rhodes keys, and other luscious instrumentation. as usual, the assembled tracks effortlessly join the dots between jazzy instrumental hip-hop, neo-soul, mauritian drum workouts, broken beat and humid, tropical-tinged grooves.
reginald omas mamode iv releases his self titled debut album ! the cult peckham soul artist caps the release of three highly praised eps with an album featuring his most confident songwriting to date. the album paints a collage of dusty drum hits, sly stone-esque bass lines and mamode’s own one-take vocals. themes go from the personal, such as relationship communication breakdown, to the universal, in the anti-war theme of ‘the value’. it remains grounded in a love of syncopated drums, played out in the dilla-esque ‘talk to me’, or the free jazz of ‘omas sextet’. elsewhere, on album opener ‘bruk out’, the broken beat scene collides with the groove based jazz fusion of herbie hancock and the headhunters, whilst on ‘drums of the positive’, mamode channels the “slave island music of my father’s heritage… maloya, sega, nyabinghi”.
nach dem erfolg der *all together ep* für das label intimate friends legt der südlondoner dj, sänger und produzent reginald omas mamode iv eine weitere ep nach. *we are the universe ep* erscheint auf dem label five easy pieces, mamode überzeugt einmal mehr mit harter perkussion, rauchigen samples, angenehmem rhodes-spiel und einschmeichelndem gesang.
reginald omas mamode iv is a beautiful soulful human being hailing from the british capital london. he creates wonderful music with the around his distinct voice. i remember telling my friends about the first ep on five easy pieces and urging them to buy it. so glad he found his way over to amsterdam as well. very pleased to present this soulful dreamy collage. marcel vogel, intimate friends.
SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE: ART + SOUND PT. 2 (2X12 LP)
2x12" Vinyl lp UK29.06.15
soul jazz records new sounds of the universe: art + sound 2012-15 is a new double album cd (and two separate volumes of double-vinyl) featuring a line-up of some of the most forward-thinking and progressive artists and producers working with electronic music around the world today. the limited edition double vinyl comes in gatefold sleeve with full artwork.