Album Of The Week: Reginald Omas Mamode IV – Reginald Omas Mamode IV

Reginald Omas Mamode IV drops self-titled debut LP

Here’s the debut album from Peckham soul artist Reginald Omas Mamode IV. The 15-track album maintains the signature soulfulness that made us a fan since hearing his Do You EP back in 2013. On his self-titled album, Mamode 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.”

Tracks like “Bruk Out,” “Bump It Up,” “Omas Sextet,” and “If You Want To Know” sum up his sound nicely. Elsewhere “Talk To Me,” “The Hush” and “We’ve Got To Make It Happen” feature some of his most confident songwriting. Whilst on “Drums Of The Positive, “Mamode channels the “slave island music of my father’s heritage… Maloya, Sega, Nyabinghi”

“Nowadays music seems to be used more as a crutch for humanity.. Most people seem to have forgotten it’s a life blood of our species. The natural rhythms of our hearts beating and the melodic instrument ‘the voice’ gifted to us at birth, are some physical examples of how inherent music is within our being. We all need this thing we call music. Just as all our ancestors did.”Reginald Omas Mamode IV

Long tipped as one to watch Mamode continues to experiment and explore new sounds putting together a distinctively unique sounding record.

★★★☆☆

 Reginald Omas Mamode IV by Reginald Omas Mamode IV is out today via Five Easy Pieces (buy)

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