Mama Odé | Tales & Patterns of the Maroons (Instrumentals)

Instrumental version of the latest album by brothers Reginald Omas Mamode IV and Jeen Bassa as Mama Odé. Reginald Omas Mamode IV’s three solo albums – 2016’s s/t debut, 2017’s ‘Children of Nu’ and 2019’s ‘Where We Going’ – received continued critical success from Mojo (“A brand-new-retro delight”), Mixmag (“Peckham beat brilliance”), Q (“Superb”), Record Collector (“Equal parts D’Angelo to J Dilla”), The Wire (“Soul music turned all the way inward”), DJ Mag (“A masterpiece”), Electronic Sound (“Utterly fantastic”) and Bandcamp (“Equally steeped in hip-hop, funk, soul and jazz”). He was also nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2017.

Jeen Bassa has carved out a reputation as one of the leading beat-tape producers mixing up slo-mo, mechanised funk with hues of neon soul and blue, jazz notes. With a stream of sold out vinyl LPs under his belt, from 2015’s ‘All My People’ through to last year’s ‘Cassava Pone’, Jeen Bassa’s warm and woozy productions stand out in a world saturated with bland Dilla and Madlib-esque pastiches.

Along with Al Dobson Jr, Henry Wu, Mo Kolours and Tenderlonious; ROMIV and Jeen Bassa have helped forge the extended 22a co-operative that The FADER calls “a kaleidoscopic patchwork of hip-hop, house, and groove investigations bound by one thread: a timeless belief in rhythm as a universal language” and Stamp The Wax say “helped craft a sound that traverses the jazz and lo-fi beats continuum, heavy on percussive elements and informed by countless non-Western musical culture”.


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