Blurry, disjointed, downbeat electro-soul, fusing funk, hip hop and downtempo, Mamode's groove-heavy soundtrack of dusty beats and irresistible bass lines is augmented by his unique vocal style — intimate, natural and hovering midway between soulful crooning and stream-of-consciousness monologue.
An adolescence in Bristol in the 90s exposed him to the formative forces of conscious hip hop, and its trail of samples led him deep into the worlds of soul, funk, blues, reggae, jazz, disco and afro-soul that are still essentials of his sound — often coloured in his own productions with the tropical overtones of his Mauritian heritage. As a producer he got his break via the inclusion of his single “Do You?” on Gilles Peterson’s “Brownswood Bubblers Ten” compilation in 2013. A key member of 22a, a DIY collective and vinyl-only label from Peckham in South-East London that also includes Tenderlonius as well as his brothers Mo Kolors and Jeen Bassa, they share a mission to eschew music as a stylish commodity or a taken-for-granted lifestyle accessory, and deliver personal material that celebrates immediacy and a certain sense of naiveté. His self-titled, debut full length, after a series of well-received EPs continues to advance his style and his reputation. His lyrics, always inspirational, focus on messages of peace, tolerance and the struggle to remain authentic in a muddled age.
With a penchant for upping the funk he's been performing live with a band recently, but his live solo set and debut at MUTEK will also make heads nod in groovy agreement.
With the support of the British Council.