Review: By far the freshest sounds coming out of London's broken beat scene in recent times has gotta be from the CoOp Presents label. Delivering a digital bonus bundle of a recent vinyl release, there's some gems to be discovered here be you a house head, soul man, jazz aficionado or searcher of bona-fide beats. A track for the smaller clubs out there goes IG Culture's remix of Reginald Omas Mamode IV's "400 Years" to a dub version of Trev's "The Sorcerer" not yet released on vinyl. Slight tropical vibes with a splash of '80s synth makes it into Alex Phountzi & Risa T's "Rotations" with South London HiFi getting down and dirty in "Like This". Extra house vibes ramp it up in the harder-edged yet soulful garage tunes of Xtra Brux's "Jus Let Me Be" alongside the beat driven baby giggles of Cengiz's "Tribute" and that straight up R&B club jam, "Home Demo (feat Aleisha Lee - Risa T remix)". Quality controlled!
Review: Hailing from deepest Peckham, this cult leftfield soul artist has recently gained attention with a string of well received EPs and performances at the Jazz Cafe and Ronnie Scotts. Now he tops all that with an eponymous debut album that takes vintage, crackly 70s soul and funk as a starting point and incorporates every from freeform jazz to nu-soul and even the "slave island music of my father's heritage... Maloya, Sega, Nyabinghi". Highlights include the palm tree percussive breaks of "Drums Of The Positive", the semi-impromptu one take vocals of the low-slung funk jam "Hush" and the atonal distant grooves of "The Value". A unique talent.
Review: A London based leftfield funker producer, Mr Mamode excels in filling dancefloors with evocative quirky grooves and breathy vocals. Here he drops this seven-track mini-LP for the esteemed Five Easy Pieces and it's a winner. Highlights include the sleazy clavinet-driven grind of "In This Case", the stoned and broken nu-soul of "Like I Do" and the bonkers percussive freakout "JumpWorkShakeMov".
Review: Reginald Omas Mamode IV is a beautiful soulful human being hailing from the british capital London. He creates wonderful music with the around his distinct voice. I remember telling my friends about the first EP on five easy pieces and urging them to buy it. So glad he found his way over to Amsterdam as well. Very pleased to present this soulful dreamy collage. -Marcel Vogel, Intimate Friends.