Reginald Omas, Reginald Omas  
Reginald Omas
Reginald Omas
GER 2xLP 
Label: Five Easy Pieces
Release Year: 2017
Style: Funk & Soul
 
  Tracks  
  A1 – Bruk Out
A2 – Talk To Me
A3 – Drums Of The Positive
A4 – If You Want To Know
B1 – Interlude
B2 – Hush
B3 – Bump It Up
B4 – Round N Round
C1 – Omas Sextet
C2 – Simmer Down Now
C3 – The Value
C4 – Interlude
D1 – The Value
D2 – From The Soul
D3 – The Message
D4 – Make It Happen
 
  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”.
"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
This past year has seen Mamode perform live and DJ at the relaunch of London’s Jazz Cafe, Shapes, Ronnie Scott’s, Gottwood festival and dates in France, Netherlands and beyond. Headline UK and EU live dates will follow the album’s release in the autumn.
Part percussive ancestral music, part post-Dilla funk, Mamode’s debut album is a galactic, joyful, and above all funky record. It is a statement of intent from this rising underground star.
“A man of simple pleasures: soul sounds, peoples and stories, brothers, friends and family” Gilles Peterson
“Spiritual similarities to the likes of D'Angelo, Theo Parrish, J Dilla, and John Coltrane” Dummy Mag
“Cosmic-soul super talent. You need this guy on your radar” Stamp The Wax
“The equivalent of an aural hug” Boiler Room
“Imbued with the sounds of funk, Latin, soul, African Nubian music” Hyponik
 
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