Inner Symbols


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VJQC Score: N/A
Genre: ROCK
Format: VINYL LP
Release Date: 7/13/2018

Anglo-Mauritian producer, singer, and percussionist Joseph Deenmamode, aka Mo Kolours, releases Inner Symbols, his third solo album. You won't find many producers quoting Plato - Inner Symbols takes it's cue from the philosopher's words ''Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, charm and gaiety to life and everything'''. Influences are many and all, ranging from colonization and African diaspora to Korean shamanism, Doug Hammond to Junior Byles. Mo Kolours on the release: ''Inner Symbols is a musical path that begins within, and reveals itself outwardly, only to return to the inner. Themes are; introspection, truth, history, family, mental nature of reality, recognizing positivity, greed, honesty, unity, love, ignorance, lust, and of-course drums!'' The entire album was created on an Electro-Harmonix looper using samples and live instrumentation and a Roland drum machine. Similarly, his energetic, improvised live show sees tracks layered up from loops of voice, percussion, and drum machine before skewing in new directions. It's a thrilling approach which has taken him to clubs and festival stages from Brighton to Brisbane, as well as to the BBC's hallowed Maida Vale studios at the invitation of Gilles Peterson. Raised on the traditional Sega music of his father's Indian Ocean homeland alongside records by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson, Mo Kolours adds hip hop, dub, soul, and other electronic styles to his individual sound. His approach could find him placed alongside Madlib or The Gaslamp Killer but he would be equally happy in the company of James Blake, Erykah Badu, Theo Parrish, or Moodymann. Along with Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Jeen Bassa, Henry Wu, Al Dobson Jr, and Tenderlonious; he's helped forge in the 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.''