Review: It is strange that Reginald Omas Mamode IV didn't release a self-titled LP as his first album but, then again, this guy bangs to the beat of a different drum. Literally. We first clocked onto him thanks to an EP his released on London's 22a imprint, and we've been avid listeners ever since. He has a natural ability to embed an honest level of jazz sensibility into house or hip-hop, and we love that. If you're on a Floating Points or Dego tip, then this dude should be on your radar at all costs, with this album firmly in your bag. Across its fifteen songs, Mamode delivers sublime arrangements of jazz-minded house music, loose and hip-hop-minded broken beat, and plenty of his very own strain of high-grade. This material is too dope. Don't miss it.
Review: Reginald Omas Mamode IV has a terrific track record thus far. Since delivering his debut 12" back in 2013, he's barely put a foot wrong, with last year's Intimate Friends released mini-album, All Together, being a particular highlight. This debut full-length is every bit as impressive as you'd 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.