BROTHERS Reginald Omas Mamode IV and Jeen Bassa have been out there carving beats explorations independent of each other for a few years now, so it makes sense that they bring their respective sciences together under one banner; and so they have, as Mama Odé.
And they’ve just dropped the crisp, intimate breaks whispers of “Creole Brothers” ahead of their debut full-length set, Tales And Patterns Of The Maroons, which’ll be on a razor-sharp deck near you come October 2nd.
Outta Peckham, south of the Thames, the brothers draw on a diverse Creole lineage – where West African met East, settlers and the colonialists – and they’ve dug deep into proper old-skool rap with a British accented brilliance, African breaks, the jazz, the funk, the blues, miked-up close lyricism, caressing right in your ears.
Previous to joining forces as Mama Odé, Reginald had released a trio of critically rated solo sets: 2016’s debut, self-titled set; 2017’s Children of Nu and last year’s Where We Going – packed full of conscious, aware, deep rhymes all; meanwhile Jeen is a leading light in the world of beat tapes, mixing it up and pushing it forward. His LPs sell out their pressings every time.
Take a listen to “Creole Brothers” below: a celebration of themselves that ain’t up in your face – it doesn’t need to be. It’s confident. It has all the skills to slide into your brain with grace and ease, that flow almost whispered, rooted in skeletal percussion and a lambent organ shimmer.
Mama Odé’s Tales And Patterns Of The Maroons will be released via Five Easy Pieces on double vinyl and digital formats. Clear a space in your thinking and head over to the label’s Bandcamp here.